Taking temporary charge of Monday Night Raw, Shane McMahon decided to book a Fatal Four-way match between Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, and AJ Styles to decide who would become the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Sami Zayn was originally scheduled for the match, but after picking up an injury from an attack by Owens during a backstage segment, he was replaced by the returning Cesaro.
After some great exchanges between The Swiss Sensation, The Phenomenal One, Y2J, and Owens, Styles won the match after hitting the Styles Clash on Jericho and pinning him for the three count. This was received with great approval by the WWE Universe in attendance at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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The stage is now set for Styles to take on Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at some point in the near future, most likely at Payback on May 1.
However, we must remember that Triple H is yet to have his rematch with Reigns for the title after he lost the championship to The Big Dog at WrestleMania 32. He could insert himself into this match to make it a Triple Threat, or he could force Styles to wait, or even have his rematch before next month's pay-per-view.
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Nevertheless, Styles celebrated his victory in the number one contender's match with the WWE Universe on Raw after the cameras went off the air, and The Phenomenal One got emotional, with his eyes beginning to water as the fans inside the arena chanted 'you deserve it!'
Considering what Styles has achieved across the world during his career, he certainly does deserve the opportunity to go for the WWE's top prize. It's nice to see the company has acknowledged his talents, and given him a title shot so early into his time with the WWE, as he only made his debut at the Royal Rumble earlier this year.
Hopefully, this isn't a one-and-done for Styles, and the WWE makes him a regular contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, even when the likes of Seth Rollins and John Cena return on a full-time basis.
The Phenomenal One has been involved in several title matches during main roster shows and live events during his short time with the WWE already, but he is yet to win any gold. Before his time with the WWE comes to an end, he deserves to have two or three good championship pushes, as he is a great in-ring performer.
Here's to hoping the WWE provides some more insight for when Styles will compete against Reigns for the WWE's top prize later this week on SmackDown.
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