AJ Styles did something at Money in the Bank which WWE banned eight years ago

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Fans would be forgiven for being underwhelmed heading into the latest WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

It was thought that the last man standing stipulation would be the final opportunity The King of Strong Style had to snatch WWE's biggest prize from The Phenomenal One, but their previous encounters in WWE had fans sceptical about what was going to be in store.


Styles retained, which perhaps does have a significant impact on Nakamura's relevancy on SmackDown LIVE. Regardless, fans that tuned in on Sunday night have agreed that their latest contest was arguably the best the pair have had in WWE, but still a way off what they accomplished during their match at Wrestle Kingdom in NJPW.

Although their brilliant match is what WWE fans are rightfully talking about, there is one spot from the bout which surprised many - and the commentary team tried to cover up.

That spot in question took place on the outside, when the WWE Champion swung the chair and landed on Nakamura's skull, with the commentators trying to claim it hit him on the shoulder instead.

Years ago, that wouldn't have been a major issue. However, considering the WWE officially banned all chair shots to the head in 2010 - no thanks to the fallout from the Chris Benoit saga some years before - it came as a big surprise that Styles connected with the head.


Regarding the chair shot to the head situation, WWE has specifically stated: "The WWE has eliminated using folding metal chairs to "strike" an opponent in the head. The WWE penalises through fine and/or suspension the following: The intentional use of a folding metal chair to "strike" an opponent in the head. Any blow to the head that is deemed an INTENTIONAL act. The fine and/or suspension will be directed by the EVP of Talent Relations."

Despite it being banned in 2010, that wasn't the last time we a chair shot to the head.

We saw it as recently as WrestleMania 27. During the no holds barred match, Triple H hit The Undertaker with several chair shots to the head and despite being legends in the company, that didn't make them exempt from the wellness policy.

Both men were fined for that, and if Styles' chair shot goes down as one that was aimed for the head, then a fine could be in his future too.

You could argue that a stipulation like a last man standing match becomes more legitimate when things like chair shots to the head are involved. 

However, with WWE prioritising safety above all else, perhaps it wasn't a wise move on Styles' part - even if it was an accident.

What did you make of AJ Styles hitting Shinsuke Nakamura with a chair shot to the head? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.


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