It's fair to say AJ Styles' second WWE title reign hasn't quite lived up to his first thus far, but he might have had the best match of his second reign at SummerSlam 2018.
This time last year, Styles faced Kevin Owens with the United States title on the line, but one year on, Styles was defending the WWE title against Samoa Joe, a longtime rival from their TNA days.
Joe is yet to win a title in his WWE run but on the microphone and in the ring, he's been one of the most consistent superstars on the roster.
Styles and Joe were the perfect pair to clash over the WWE title, but the company decided to make this feud a personal, family orientated affair.
They tore the house down in the middle of the show and a violent affair somehow found extra levels in the closing stages.
Just when Joe seemed in control, he grabbed the microphone and told Styles' wife, Wendy, that Styles wouldn't be making it home tonight but don't worry, "I'll be your new daddy."
Styles proceeded to flip out and get himself disqualified in the process. However, after the bout, the Phenomenal One approached his wife and daughter at ringside and what his little girl said melted hearts everywhere:
Speaking on SmackDown, Styles spoke of how long the two men had known each other and how low he felt Joe had sunk.
"We're supposed to give our children everything that we didn't have," Styles said as Joe watched from the locker room. "Give them everything that they need and sometimes, on special occasions, man we give them what they want. That's what we do. That's why you're here. Trust me, just like you, when your little on falls down and scrapes her knee and they're crying for their daddy or thier mama, you want to be their and pick them up and wipe those tears from their face. Just like you, I want to be there.
"But that's what pisses me off the most Joe," Styles continued. "Because you know my wife, you know my kids, and long before this was 'The House that AJ Styles built,' we both shared the cockroach-infested apartment complex and shared stale pizza together. And within a matter of minutes you threw it all a way. Over a decade of friendship, you threw it all away in a matter of seconds because you mentioned my family name."
The storyline was quite questionable in the early going, but both men's work has risen as a result and fans can't wait to see a rematch now. Mission accomplished for the writing team.
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