BROOKLYN, N.Y. – If you ask AJ Styles, John Cena’s time is up, and AJ’s time is now. And it certainly appeared that way at SummerSlam, where The Phenomenal One bested “The Face that Runs the Place” in singles competition for the second time in as many pay-per-views.
Unlike their classic match at Money in the Bank
two months earlier, Styles dispatched Cena without the interference of his henchmen, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The three were separated due to the brand split, with Styles heading to SmackDown Live and his Club cohorts casting long shadows on Raw.
Turns out, Styles managed to weather the onslaught of the 15-time World Champion with resorting to underhanded hijinks. The capacity crowd inside the Barclays Center was hyped for the match from the opening bell when they started competing chants of “AJ Styles!” and “Let’s Go Cena!” Their enthusiasm would prove well-placed.
The Phenomenal One first punished Cena by slamming his back down on the rigid apron early. Cena answered with a surprising dropkick. Styles would go on to endure a Tornado DDT, a legdrop off the top rope and an Attitude Adjustment off the second rope.
For his part, Cena displayed his legendary toughness by overcoming a Styles Clash, a Spinout Powerbomb and a modified Attitude Adjustment.
Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, only one man would walk out a winner. After a valiant effort in what was an instant classic bout, Cena finally succumbed in the wake of a second Styles Clash quickly followed by a Phenomenal Forearm.
Ever since his WWE debut at Royal Rumble, Styles has ridden a rocket ship to the stratosphere of WWE. And with this latest victory at SummerSlam, for The Phenomenal One, the sky’s the limit.