James Ellsworth helps AJ Styles retain the WWE Championship

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AJ Styles is still the WWE Champion after he defeated Dean Ambrose in a TLC match tonight, but it wasn't all down to his own work.

Styles got a helping hand in defeating Ambrose from the very unlikely source of James Ellsworth - who performed a classic double cross by pushing Ambrose off of the ladder just as he was about to reach the title.

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Ambrose and Styles put on a fantastic match to close TLC tonight and it looked like the Lunatic Fringe was about to grasp victory when everything went wrong.


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After forcing Styles off of the ladder where he would then fall out of the ring, Ambrose was about to claim victory when his friend Ellsworth pushed the ladder, sending the former Champion tumbling through two tables that were set up out side of the ring.

While the commentary team wondered if he had done it by mistake, Ellsworth began signalling for Styles to climb the ladder.

Seemingly turning his back on the man who has done so much for Ellsworth, the fans were left in a mixed state of confusion and surprisingly, elation.

Appearing on Talking Smack following TLC's dramatic conclusion, Ellsworth would go on to explain that he did what he did because he felt very confident that he himself can beat Styles to win the championship.

Ellsworth is owed a future WWE Championship opportunity and he also revealed that he will get that chance on this week's Smackdown.

Ellsworth does hold three victories over Styles, but each one has come with the help of Ambrose, so it will be interesting to see what happens now that Ambrose will be less inclined to help him.

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