AJ Styles is still your WWE Champion, forcing Samoa Joe to tap out after what was an incredible and grueling no disqualification match.
The rivalry between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe has gotten about as personal as a WWE feud can get. The Samoan Submission Machine has been dragging Styles' family into the fold ever since SummerSlam in an attempt to distract the champ. So far no good, although The Phenomenal One was very lucky to leave Hell A Cell with his title reign intact.
That's because technically, Styles submitted before he managed to pin Joe for a three count. Due to the position of the referee, Styles tapping out was missed and the title did not change hands. On the back of that, SmackDown Live General Manager, Paige booked a no disqualification rematch at Super Show-Down.
That match took place on Saturday, and it was nothing short of remarkable. The action between the two of them was brutal right from the off with the match starting outside of the ring. In fact, Styles has blood dripping from his mouth before any weapons had even been introduced. Eventually, Joe wrangled himself a steel chair and planted the champ through it with an uranage.
It was the table Joe set up that ended up being his own undoing. Both he and Styles went careening through it and The Destroyer's knee "popped" as it happened. From there on in, AJ only had eyes for the damaged body part. Michael Cole described it as "torture" and that wasn't far from the truth. Despite spirited attempts from Joe to choke out the champ, Styles finally manage to lock in the calf crusher. With no rope breaks due to the match being no DQ, Joe had no choice but to tap.
Some fans may have wanted to see Joe become WWE Champion at Super Show-Down, but that was not to be. At least this time around there was no disputing who the winner was. This may very well spell the end of things between Joe and Styles for now. On the other hand, don't be surprised to see the former NXT Champion ringing the Styles family doorbell once again on SmackDown Live this Tuesday.