How low can you go? WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube Channel in which they show the full WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura from Backlash 2018.
You can see the video in its entirety below:
Nakamura had promised Styles would suffer a “knee to face” during their first meeting at WrestleMania. With that strategy having proved insufficient, Nakamura decided to expand his repertoire. Instead of knee-to-face, it was feet, and knees, and fists, and elbows, to every bit of exposed skin The King of Strong Style laid eyes on. The mixed-martial-arts veteran turned his opponent into a human striking dummy for minutes on end, only bringing in an implement when he was sure that Styles was too beaten down to respond.
The Phenomenal One answered with a strategy of his own: Chair to knee. The champion whipped the steel straight into Nakamura’s kneecap right as he was about to land the Kinshasa, giving him the first opening. Still fighting from behind in the No-DQ setting, Styles caught Nakamura’s latest weapon of choice: The low blow. Of course, Styles was free to respond in kind, and the champion dropped Nakamura with a below-the-belt uppercut of his own, bringing the match back down to an even keel.
Despite champion and challenger’s brief flirtation with an on-the-level slugfest, they both came to the simultaneous realization that going low had dealt the most damage. Unfortunately for them, they were a bit too much in sync at this point. Styles and Nakamura each landed simultaneous field-goal kicks to the nether regions, dropping both men to the mat. And there they stayed, unable to answer the referee’s 10-count, bringing the match to a No Contest.
I’m glad that they finally stopped the low blow gimmick with Nakamura; that could have been fun for the Phenomenal One. That being said, I miss seeing both of these superstars competing for a world title; they both deserve that opportunity once more.
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