Still enraged over what he perceived as poor treatment from SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan over the past few months, AJ Styles kicked off the latest episode of the Blue Brand by chewing out the “Yes!” Man in his office. Though his GM warned him to think about his career before doing something he would regret, “The Face that Runs the Place” ignored him and proceeded to go to the ring to address the WWE Universe.
There, The Phenomenal One went through the litany of transgressions he thought had been committed against him before promising to have a conversation “about his career” with Shane-O-Mac when he arrived at the arena.
Turning his words into action, AJ Styles unloaded on SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon with a brutal sneak attack that culminated with him smashing his boss through a car window. In the aftermath, Shane-O-Mac refused to be taken to the hospital, instead struggling to his feet and being taken to the trainer’s room by SmackDown LIVE personnel.
While this was happening, Styles and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, flanked by security, had an incredibly tense conversation backstage that resulted in Bryan firing The Phenomenal One from the Blue Brand and having him escorted out by the guards.
Following AJ Styles’ brutal attack earlier in the night, a battered Shane McMahon disregarded medical attention and the concern of others to make his way out to the stage to address the WWE Universe. With nothing but sheer will moving him forward, “The Man Without Fear” finally made his way to the top of the ramp and said “AJ Styles says he doesn’t have an opponent at WrestleMania … he does now.”
Shane seemed to be suggesting that he wanted a piece of Styles at WrestleMania, but that would obviously contradict Bryan’s firing of Styles earlier in the evening.
Is The Phenomenal One still fired from the blue brand or does the Commissioner’s supposed challenge put him back on the roster and into an intensely-personal match at The Ultimate Thrill Ride?
In other action … Becky Lynch def. Natalya … John Cena & Nikki Bella will battle The Miz & Maryse at WrestleMania … Mickie James def. Alexa Bliss … Mojo Rawley def. Dolph Ziggler by Count-Out … Bray Wyatt informed Randy Orton that he possesses the power of Sister Abigail … and The Usos def. American Alpha.