WWE Backlash: AJ Styles Vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE Title Match)

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WWE Title Match: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose

We go to the ring and out first comes AJ Styles. WWE Champion Dean Ambrose is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.


The Network goes out as they lock up and comes back to Styles hitting a neckbreaker. Styles keeps Ambrose down for a few minutes. Ambrose fights up and out but Styles nails a dropkick. AJ keeps control and drops a big right hand for another 2 count. Ambrose looks to make a comeback but runs into the ring post. AJ with more offense on Ambrose. Ambrose gets back to his feet and fights back but Styles fights him back into the corner again. Styles leaps with a forearm but Ambrose moves and he hits the turnbuckle. Ambrose takes Styles to the top but Styles fights him. Ambrose with the super back suplex from the top as they both land hard. The referee counts while they're both down.

More back and forth now. Ambrose catches Styles in a backbreaker for a 2 count. Ambrose goes to the top but Styles rolls to the floor. Ambrose leaps out anyway and nails the big elbow drop on the floor. More back and forth. Ambrose slams AJ with a sitout facebuster but Styles kicks out at 2. Styles misses the Calf Crusher but suplexes Ambrose into the turnbuckle. AJ blocks Dirty Deeds. AJ ends up dropping a knee into the back of Ambrose's knee. Ambrose sells the knee injury as the referee asks if he can continue. AJ focuses on the knee now.


Ambrose fights free with shots to the face now. Fans chant for both men. AJ gets the Calf Crusher applied. Dean fights through and makes it to the bottom rope. AJ applies another Calf Crusher but Ambrose breaks it by slamming him repeatedly into the mat. Styles kicks the leg and goes for a Styles Clash but Ambrose grabs the ropes and gets to the apron. Styles with a big kick to the head while Ambrose is on the apron. AJ goes for a move on the apron but Ambrose trips him and catapults him into the ring post. AJ lands on the floor. Ambrose runs from behind and clotheslines AJ face first into the barrier. They come back in and Ambrose manages to hit the bulldog. Ambrose with a roll up for 2.

AJ with more offense and a fireman's carry into a neckbreaker for a 2 count. AJ keeps control and lands another close pin attempt. AJ slams Ambrose and goes to the apron, sounding frustrated. AJ nails the springboard 450 but Ambrose kicks out once again. Ambrose hits a bunch of knees and nails a hard dropkick, sending AJ to the floor. Ambrose runs the ropes and nails a dive, sending AJ over the announce table. Ambrose stands on top of the table for a pop. He goes after AJ and brings him back over the table. Ambrose tosses AJ over the barrier into the crowd. He breaks the crowd and comes back out. Ambrose runs from the announce table over the barrier, taking AJ out again. Ambrose brings it back in the ring as fans chant "this is awesome" now. AJ nails a pele kick but Ambrose hits the rebound clothesline for a mixed reactions it seems. AJ assists in Ambrose backing into the referee, knocking him down. AJ takes advantage and kicks Ambrose with a low blow. AJ nails the Styles Clash for the win and the title.


Winner and New WWE Champion: AJ Styles

After the match, AJ takes the title and celebrates as we get replays. We come back to AJ raising the title at the ramp as Backlash goes off the air.