WWE is set to crown it’s first new World Heavyweight Champion at the Night of Champions premium live event next weekend.
The finals of the tournament will pit Raw’s Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins against SmackDown’s AJ Styles, with both men reaching the respective finals for their brands on last week’s shows.
Ahead of the show, AJ spoke to Alex McCarthy of Inside The Ropes, where he agreed with Alex’s sentiment that it was good to see him back in the World Championship picture in WWE.
“I feel the same as you. It’s about time I’m back in the heavyweight title picture. Unfortunately, I’m up against Seth Rollins, who’s probably one of the best. I said it a long ago that he’s gonna be great, and nothing has changed. He’s still one of the best, no doubt about it, so we’ll see what happens.”
AJ’s two matches in the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament were his first matches of 2022, and his first matches back following his broken ankle suffered in December.
AJ spoke about wrestling two matches on his first night back, saying:
“Oh, you’re gonna be in two matches your first time back in the ring with WWE. Oh, that’s great, because that’s where I wanted to be. Who knows where my cardio is at this point? It’s a bit worrisome, but I made it through, and now for my first biggest match in the WWE [since I returned], it’s gonna be against Seth Rollins in Jeddah. So yeah, no pressure.”
AJ is set to appear on the SmackDown debut episode of the Grayson Waller Effect on tonight’s (May 19) episode of SmackDown.
There has been a potential spoiler on AJ’s next feud in WWE, which you can see here.
Here are results from the May 15 episode of WWE Raw:
Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Miz
It was announced Liv Morgan had suffered an injury and the scheduled Women’s Tag Team Championship match was cancelled
Mustafa Ali won a battle royal to become #1 contender for Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions
Becky Lynch returned and cut a promo on Trish Stratus, challenging her to a match at Night of Champions
Dominik Mysterio def. Xavier Woods
As JD McDonagh left the arena after an interview, there was a tease of Finn Balor scouting him to recruit him for Judgment Day
Indus Sher (Sanga & Veer) def. two jobbers
Cody Rhodes promo on Brock Lesnar ahead of their Night of Champions match
Raquel Rodriguez def. Chelsea Green
Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest) def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn after interference from Imperium, which had been instigated by Paul Heyman doing deals with Judgment Day and Imperium earlier in the night
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