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AJ Styles On Being A Top WWE Star, Vince McMahon’s Opinion of Him

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WWE Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles is gearing up for the upcoming SummerSlam PPV event taking place this Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York where he will take on Samoa Joe, and is talking about his run at the top of the WWE mountain as well as Vince McMahon’s opinion of him.

“I enjoy being the guy that people depend on, that’s rewarding to me” Styles said, in an interview with Dirtfork’s Joshua Caudill.

“To be able to hold on to the championship this long means I’m doing something right. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. My job is to make sure that people are entertained and at SummerSlam, it will be no different, I can promise you that.”

Despite one of the biggest debut pops in history at the Royal Rumble a few years ago, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon thought it was simply a fluke, but later saw something in Styles.

“I don’t even think I was supposed to be on Raw that next Monday. But the turning point where Vince really saw something in me was when I had a regular match, a babyface match, went out and did my thing. I came back to gorilla and Vince says, ‘Come here for a second. I’ve got other guys who can do exactly what you just did out there. You didn’t do anything special. I need a pit bull. I need a guy who just attacks. I need a guy who gets after it.’”

The turning point for McMahon was how Styles’ appearance on Miz TV was the turning point for the WWE boss.

“That was the turning point. That’s when things changed and that’s how I became the A.J. Styles that you know now.”

 

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.

For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.

The Bad

For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel. 

For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up. 

The Final Verdict

Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.

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NXT Takeover: Blackpool Card

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WWE is preparing for their upcoming NXT event, NXT Takeover: Blackpool, and after the airing of this week’s NXT, the full card is now in focus.

NXT UK’s first Takeover event hits the WWE Network, live from Blackpool, England, this Saturday.

Here is the card, at the time of this writing:


NXT UK Women’s Championship Match
 – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm

NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match – Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)

WWE United Kingdom Championship Match – Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey

No DQ Match – Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis

Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin

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