JB is standing backstage with the World Champion, Bobby Roode. Roode says over the last several months he's been called many things, but his personal favorite is the World Heavyweight Champion. He says after tonight he'll be known as the king of the Iron Man matches. He says while on paper, this event may favor AJ Styles, but Roode will be surprised if Styles can make it to the ring after what he did on Thursday. As far as Sting, Bobby says he spits in the face of authority, just ask Dixie Carter. This leads us right into a video package that highlights Roode's heel turn, and the subsequent events that have led up to this match.
World Heavyweight Championship
30 Minute Ironman Match
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Roode (c)
We get formal ring introductions from JB for both men, and it looks like we're ready to kick things off.
The bell rings, and the clock begins for this match. Both men circle each other for a bit. Roode goes for AJ's legs, but Styles sidesteps him. Styles is able to lock in a waistlock, and both men trade positions a couple of times before Roode takes AJ to the mat with a drop toe hold. Another lock up and Roode scores with a side head lock, cranking away at Styles' neck.
Styles sends Roode into the ropes, but eats a shoulder block right away. Roode jumps up and down, showing off his uninjured legs to AJ. We get another lock up and Roode locks in another head lock, telling the crowd that AJ sucks. Styles fights out of the hold and locks in a head lock of his own. Roode sends Styles into the ropes, but Styles cranks down on the head lock and doesn't let go.
Styles takes Roode down to the mat, but Roode counters out of the hold with a headscissors right away. Styles is able to kick out of the hold, and uses a headlock takeover to take Roode right back down to the mat. Roode is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold, sending Styles into the ropes, but he falls to a shoulderblock right away. Styles hits a couple more shoulderblocks and goes for a quick pin, but Roode kicks out and rolls to the outside.
Roode takes his time to get back into the ring, but eventually he does. We get another lock up and Roode backs AJ into the corner, breaking the hold, but immediately burying his shoulder in Styles' midsection. Roode hits Styles with a chop to the chest, and Styles turns it around. Both men take turns chopping each other before AJ chops Roode a couple of times, sends him across the ring into the turnbuckle, and hits him with a back body drop. Roode comes back, catching Styles by surprise and sending him to the outside.
Roode follows to the outside and tries to slam AJ's head into the barricade, but Styles blocks it and sends Roode head first into the barricade instead. AJ sends Roode back into the ring, but when he follows Roode attacks, hitting him with a double ax handle smash. Roode tries to work on Styles' leg in the corner, but AJ won't let him. Roode brings Styles out of the corner and takes him down to the mat hard. AJ sends Roode into the corner and tries to catch him with a quick roll up. Both men trade pin falls with neither getting three, then up on their feet, Styles hits an arm drag and Roode comes right back with a big shoulderblock. Styles sends Roode into the corner, but when he charges in he catches a boot to the face. AJ is able to connect with a big clothesline, but he still can't get the three count.
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