The 371-day AJ Styles reign as WWE Champion came to an end on Tuesday night after Daniel Bryan hit him with a low blow to prepare for a Running Knee finisher and a pin.
Randy Orton, who was never afraid to mock his fellow social networking fighters, brought Styles on Monday.
– Randy Orton (@ RandyOrton) November 14, 2018
"I'm not in the traditional #SurvivorSeries match for the 11th time, although I'm GOAT in that particular match," Orton wrote in response to James Ellsworth's question. "And (AJ Styles) was kicked in the nuts. Again."
Between Tuesday night and the countless shootings he did in his rivalry with Shinsuke Nakamura, Styles had a very bad luck with low blows in 2018.
Bryan has been silent since winning the championship, even going so far as to ignore an interview with WWE.com as he walks backstage with the title over his shoulder. Meanwhile Styles gave his reaction on Wednesday afternoon.
The thing about being a true champion, a reigning champion, DEFENDING is that any day someone can beat you. But holding the title is more than just wins and losses, it's about who you are as a man.
Daniel showed us that last night.
And the receipt is coming. #SDLive pic.twitter.com/m99WvL1JpJ
– AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) November 14, 2018
"The thing about being a true champion, a reigning champion, DEFENDING is that any day someone can beat you," wrote Styles. "But holding the title is more than just wins and losses, it's about who you are as a man." Daniel showed us that last night, and the receipt is coming.
According Wrestling ObserverDave Meltzer, Bryan had been campaigning for a while backstage. It was not until Tuesday that Vince McMahon finally signed.
"The heel turn was decided this afternoon," Meltzer said on Tuesday. "It was basically Vince saying, 'Let's do it all in a day and have the biggest impact'." Now the weird part is they spent so much time saying that Brock Lesnar is the best heel, he never comes to work, blah, blah, blah. Now you're going to put Daniel Bryan against Lesnar and for that match to work Daniel Bryan needs to be one babyface, but he's a heel, so logically maybe the back of the heel should be in re-match and not in that game. [Bryan] enter this match as a babyface, make the game, whatever they do. "
Now that he's the WWE Champion, Bryan will be the one to face the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in Survivor Series in an untitled match Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.