When amazing competitors compete, it’s a special thing. WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube channel in which they show the full Last Man Standing Match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship from Money in the Bank 2018.
You can see the match in its entirety below:
The weeks leading up to the bout had seen Nakamura take up rent-free residence in Styles’ head; each of his sinister eccentricities was enough to send The Phenomenal One flying into a fury. So, it was natural that Styles came out swinging, though he ended up expending so much energy that Nakamura was able to turn it around and notch some early counts from the ref. The King of Strong Style was also the first to lean into the more extreme elements of the match, taking the fight outside of the ring each opportunity he had.
Speculation had focused on how far Styles was willing to go to retain his title; for a while, it seemed like the more pertinent question might have been how much he was willing to take. While Styles certainly brutalized every joint and vertebra of Nakamura he could get his hands on, this was largely a defensive effort from the champion, who found himself Kinshasa’d atop an announce table, beaten about the Allstate Arena, and fastballed through a table — this on top of all the usual agony that comes from suffering The King of Strong Style’s offense.
The Phenomenal One answered the count of 10 after each bout of brutality, and the momentum shifted on something fairly mundane by comparison: A single exposed turnbuckle, which Nakamura ended up kneeing full-force when Styles dodged one of his corner attacks. The Phenomenal One pounced with a blitz of kicks, a torturous Calf Crusher and an attack from a steel chair that was so savage that Nakamura was forced to go back to his bread and butter: A low blow that appeared like it would finally get the job done.
Styles got up from that, too, as well as the Kinshasa that followed, using the table to haul himself to his feet. By this point, champion and challenger were on their last legs — Nakamura’s bum knee would barely support his weight, and that Kinshasa didn’t help — and Styles finally revealed how vicious he’d get to protect his title.
A Phenomenal Forearm off the announce table and a Styles Clash off the steel steps to the floor were the start. When Nakamura got to his feet and dared Styles to come on, the champion obliged with a stinging kick to the knee and a Phenomenal Forearm to the outside that shattered the table and finally — finally — left the challenger unable to respond.
Two of the greatest superstars that WWE currently has signed. That’s all that needs to be said.
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