The WWE Championship between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe kicked off the third hour of Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. This was originally supposed to be Styles vs. Daniel Bryan but as everyone knows by now, Bryan pulled out of the event and they did an angle on SmackDown Live so they could announce Joe vs. Styles. Joe’s return on SmackDown Live came after he took time off due to an undisclosed injury.
In the first couple of minutes of the match, Joe dove through the ropes onto Styles and that caused Styles to be driven into the announcer’s table. Joe favored his knee throughout the match.
Styles retained after pinning Joe after the Phenomenal forearm.
Next week marks one year since Styles won the WWE Championship. He will defend it at Survivor Series in a couple of weeks.
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