This weekend in Newark, New Jersey, Roman Reigns will once again put his World Heavyweight title on the line at a WWE pay-per-view. And, like at Payback, when he steps into the ring at Extreme Rules, his opponent will be AJ Styles.
The rivalry, although relatively new considering Styles' rapid rise up the WWE's main roster, has shown great promise over recent weeks and WWE fans are hoping the two feuding stars take things to the next level on Sunday.
Speaking during an appearance on ESPN's 'On The Top Rope' show this week, Reigns summed up why his new working relationship with Styles has been going so well in six words:
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"We have a great competitive chemistry," The Big Dog told Jonathan Coachman. "We're looking to do special things on Sunday."
For any fans who have watched Styles and Reigns do battle inside the squared circle over the past month or so, there can be no doubt that the in-ring work has been exciting to watch. The feud has had its benefits for both Superstars, too.
For Styles, it has cemented his status amongst the WWE Universe as one of the organisation's top babyfaces. This despite the former TNA and Ring of Honor star having only made his main roster debut back in January.
Reigns, meanwhile, has been able to claw back some of the respect he has lost amongst WWE fans over the past few months. In working so well with Styles - summed up by an exciting match at Payback - he has shown that he is a talented Superstar capable of good things, rather than just Vince McMahon's flavour of the month.
In speaking to ESPN, The Powerhouse admitted his respect for Styles, but also made it clear that The Phenomenal One still has some way to go before he can claim the WWE to be his territory:
"Like you said, he's a world traveller. He's been all over the world competing against some of the greatest talent in the world, and he's made his mark on all these different promotions," Reigns said on Styles.
"But he is with the company now, the WWE. Like I said, this is my house now."
Styles will be hoping he can take the next step to making the organisation 'his house' this weekend by taking the title belt from Reigns.
WWE fans, meanwhile, will just be hoping to see another excellent example of the pair's "great competitive chemistry".
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