It was announced last night on SmackDown Live that General Manager Paige will reveal who is going to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, on next week’s edition of the show.
The ‘Phenomemal’ Styles won the title back in November at a SmackDown taping in the UK, where he dethroned Jinder Mahal.
Since then, AJ has defended the title eight times in televised bouts:
- Jinder Mahal – Clash of Champions 2017
- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn – Handicap Match – Royal Rumble 2018
- John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn – Six-pack Challenger – Fastlane 2018
- Shinsuke Nakamura – WrestleMania 34
- Shinsuke Nakamura – Greatest Royal Rumble
- Shinsuke Nakamura – Backlash 2018
- Shinsuke Nakamura – Money in the Bank 2018
- Rusev – Extreme Rules 2018
He has held the strap for 251 days and counting.
It has been said for months that the most likely SummerSlam opponent for Styles is former TNA foe, Samoa Joe. Joe did build some momentum by beating Tye Dillinger last night, but before then hadn’t been on TV for a number of weeks.
Another potential challenger for Styles, albeit an unlikely one, is Andrade Almas. ‘Cien’ opened last nights show in a very competitive match against Styles himself, and it looked as if there was unfinished business there.
Other potential options, which are again unlikely, are a newly heel Randy Orton, who seems to be involved in the WWE United States Title picture with Jeff Hardy and champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and The Miz, who will likely take on Daniel Bryan at the ‘Biggest Party of the Summer.’