WWE Champion AJ Styles defended his family’s honour at SummerSlam – at the expense of a disqualification defeat to Samoa Joe.
Styles’ temper boiled over in New York as he unleashed a savage attack on Joe with a steel chair after the challenger had made lewd remarks to the champ’s wife and daughter sitting at ringside.
It brought a typically excellent match between the two to a very sudden halt but it wasn’t too disappointing a finish.
It’s rare a DQ end to a title match doesn’t leave fans feeling cheated, but it was the perfect end to this chapter in a rivalry that, without doubt, still has some way to run.
The two traded blows at high speed at the Barclays Centre in a bout that had the crowd captivated.
From a spinning powerslam from Joe to a tremendous Styles Clash from the champ, the meeting looked like it might run to a natural conclusion – but there are a very few who won’t want to see these two go at it again.
Styles was left to leave the area with his family, his daughter exclaiming "Daddy, you’re bleeding!" – such was the brutality of the bout.
Joe might well do well to leave the Phenomenal One’s loved ones out of it next time around!
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