Top SmackDown superstar returns to attack WWE Champion AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles.

It has been rumoured for weeks that along with John Cena, Daniel Bryan had refused to travel to Saudi Arabia should WWE go ahead with Crown Jewel.

And after being confirmed by multiple sources yesterday, WWE needed a way to let Bryan challenge for AJ Styles' WWE Championship away from the Middle East.

After back-and-forth verbals in the ring to start off SmackDown Live in Atlanta last night, returning Commissioner Shane McMahon officially made the title match happen right then - not even leaving it for the main event.

What we got was a near-25 minute classic which could have easily been a top WrestleMania match.

At some point during the match, a Bryan dive to the outside got his knee injured, and Styles worked on that for the rest of the bout, and it looked like WWE would use that to write him off the Crown Jewel event.

But he fought back, only to be defeated by a Calf Crusher by Styles, who will have completed a year-long reign as champion should he still hold the belt after next weeks SmackDown Live.

To some people it was clear that Bryan and Styles would now not be squaring off at Crown Jewel, so the question was, would AJ get another opponent?

That query was instantly answered following the match, as Samoa Joe returned from a short hiatus to brutalise both Styles and Bryan.

Joe put both competitors in the Coquina Clutch, leaving them prone in the middle of the ring to send a message to the whole locker room.

Samoa Joe returned to SmackDown last night to brutalise AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan.

Later on in the evening, Styles demanded to SmackDown GM Paige that he should once-again fight Joe at Crown Jewel, to which she agreed - even though he lost countless title opportunities over the last few months.

WWE fans loved the angle though, as well as the tease of a potential triple threat match down the line.

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