At the fourth time of asking, Shinsuke Nakamura will look to finally defeat AJ Styles to claim the WWE Championship when the two meet this Sunday at the Money in the Bank event.
Sadly, the feud has been slightly underwhelming. Although, when you consider that the bar was set by the pair during their epic match at Wrestle Kingdom under the NJPW banner, it was always going to be a tough task to match or leapfrog that in WWE.
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The matches between the pair haven't been memorable, as it's clear that they've been holding back as it was initially thought the heel turn by The King of Strong Style would be the breath of fresh air their storyline needed.
Instead, it's turned into a long-winded feud with fans hoping that it comes to an end soon with both men able to move on to other big names on SmackDown LIVE, such as Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan.
Considering their match at Money in the Bank in Chicago is under a last man standing stipulation, the expectation is that we are going to have a clear winner at last, without an inconclusive finish. However, some WWE fans now believe that there's one clear sign which suggests The Phenomenal One could drop the WWE Championship at last.
As noted by Wrestling Inc, Styles hasn't competed in a match in nearly three weeks. His last contest was against Nakamura in a SmackDown LIVE dark match last month, while the last time he competed on television was a non-title defeat against the same opponent on May 15 - where the Japanese superstar was able to pick the stipulation.
They have revealed that Styles hasn't been booked for the recent live events and is only booked for one house show this coming Monday. After that, he's not expected to compete until the WWE's show in Tokyo on June 29 before returning to the full-time schedule.
This has resulted in fans speculating that Styles could either be injured and will need time off, or that it's a sign that a potential loss could see him out of action until the WWE heads over to Tokyo.
It makes sense why this could happen, even if he is just getting time off to possibly heal up.
There's always the speculated cash-in which could have an impact on Styles' next feud, and the best decision could be to keep him off television.
Along with this, WWE might prefer to have Nakamura as the champion when they do head to Japan, where he's undoubtedly going to receive a hero's welcome, despite being the villain.
The most popular idea, though, seems to revolve around the Money in the Bank winner cashing in, as the last man standing stipulation just screams out for that outcome.
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