What happened with AJ Styles during this week's SmackDown dark match

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This week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE proved to be a vital one for AJ Styles, as he came face to face with Shinsuke Nakamura who went on to reveal the stipulation for their WWE Championship match at the upcoming Money in the Bank event.

After threatening The Phenomenal One with a devastating pillow fight stipulation, The King of Strong Style went on the reveal that their clash in Chicago will be a last man standing match - a stipulation many fans had already predicted.


However, after brutally beating down Styles during their segment, that wasn’t the last the two men saw of each other on Tuesday night.

As always, WWE gives the fans in attendance something to enjoy when the cameras stop rolling and like we’ve seen before, Nakamura and Styles battled it out in a singles match, that’s according to Ringside News who had a correspondent who attended the show live.

Firstly, they revealed that there was a Women’s Championship match before SmackDown began, with Carmella retaining her championship against Becky Lynch after she connected with a clothesline from the second rope before rolling her up for the pin.

They also added that the entire upper deck was taped off, meaning there were plenty of empty seats with around 5,000 fans in attendance.

In the dark match, Nakamura’s match against Styles barely got underway as it was revealed that Sheamus and Cesaro of The Bar instantly interfered in what either finished as either a disqualification victory for Styles, or ended in a no contest.


During the attack on Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of The Club ran down the ramp for the save which left all three members of The Club standing tall and posing for the fans; as you’ll be able to see in the tweet below.

Just when things were looking good for them on Monday Night RAW alongside Finn Balor, fans were curious to see how things would work out for them on the blue brand.

This mini-reunion between the trio is precisely what fans have been wanting; primarily because it helps Gallows and Anderson shine as they haven’t been booked that well since they debuted.

Things might be on the up for them, though, as they’ve secured themselves a SmackDown tag team championship match at Money in the Bank against The Bludgeon Brothers - but seeing The Club fully reunite and lead by AJ Styles would be brilliant in itself as they entertained the masses when they first united on RAW.

What do you make of what happened after SmackDown LIVE went off the air? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.


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