AJ Styles finally got his contractually obligated WWE Title rematch at TLC, but things did not go in The Phenomenal One's favor.
If you had told us two months ago that by the end of 2018, Daniel Bryan would be a universally hated heel we'd have laughed you out the door. Then just five days before Survivor Series, Bryan started that turn by low blowing AJ Styles in order to win the WWE Championship.
Since then, Bryan has labeled himself "The New Daniel Bryan" and declared that the Yes Movement is dead. What we hadn't yet seen prior to TLC was a rematch. A chance for Styles to regain the WWE Championship. Not only was he contractually obligated to one, but the way on which he lost the title meant he deserved that rematch even more than most.
At TLC, The Phenomenal One got his rematch. Even though Bryan is now a full-blown heel, he still can't help but be a great wrestler between the ropes. That's fine as it's Bryan and he can make it work for him. He and Styles put on another instant classic, but how was this one going to end? Lucky for Styles, he didn't have to endure what would have been about the 20th low blow delivered to him so far in 2018.
Instead, after Bryan missed with a high knee, Styles quickly rolled up the champ into a small package. Bryan managed to shift his weight slightly just in time to reverse the pin, and picked up the three count. Not the most heelish tactic in the world, but also not the heroic way he would win matches during the height of The Yes Movement.
So the reign of The New Daniel Bryan continues, and we're assuming the rivalry between him and Styles is now over. The former champ has had his rematch and Bryan won it fair and square. What we can't wait to discover now is who's next, for both Bryan and Styles. Both men will probably have marquee rivalries as we now make our way towards Royal Rumble.