Below is the official announcement from WWE along with a backstage photo of the new champion and comments from other WWE Superstars, including SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon:
AJ Styles wins United States Championship from Kevin Owens at Madison Square Garden Live Event
NEW YORK CITY — AJ Styles sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe tonight, as he defeated Kevin Owens to become United States Champion during a WWE Live Event at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
The Phenomenal One won the Independence Day Battle Royal on this past Tuesday's SmackDown LIVE, earning a title opportunity against Owens at WWE Battleground, but apparently couldn't wait to get his hands on The Prizefighter.
Moments after his historic victory, Styles offered his first remarks as United States Champion in an exclusive Facebook Live interview with WWE.com. He reflected on the long road that led him to Madison Square Garden, and speculated on what may lie ahead for Owens. (Video is above.)
The Phenomenal One's victory leaves the status of his WWE Battleground showdown up in the air. What does this shocking turn of events mean for his and Owens' future? Be sure to tune into SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network to see the fallout.
Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) July 8, 2017
Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) July 8, 2017
@AJStylesOrg just won the US Title over KO at MSG!!!— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) July 8, 2017
Cathy Kelley (@catherinekelley) July 8, 2017