WWE Battleground Results – 23 July 2017

We get a video package of the rivalry between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. The New Face of America is out first to a good reception but his opponent is beloved!

US Championship Match
(C) AJ Styles Vs. Kevin Owens

Owens with a kick and knees early to Styles. Styles with an arm drag on Owens spinning and hanging onto the arm of Owens. Owens pulls out the leg of Styles and trips him up. Styles pulls Owens down on the mat using his legs real quick. Owens catches Styles with a big elbow and Styles follows up with a big dropkick! On the outside, Styles sends Owens into the ring barricade with an irish whip. Styles misses a dive to Owens. Owens sends Styles crotch first into the steel ring post.

Back inside, Owens with a senton splash for a two count. Owens with a headlock applied on Styles to keep him grounded. Owens plants Styles with a quick DDT, gets a two count and goes right back to the grounded headlock. Styles catches Owens with a flying forearm off the ropes. Styles with his front face suplex and rolls over into a two count on Owens. Styles with his fireman’s carry neckbreaker for another two count on Owens.

Owens gets his knees up when Styles connects with his springboard 450 splash. Owens connects with his cannonball in the corner on Styles and gets a two count off a pinfall attempt. Styles with a torture rack and drops Owens down. Owens crotches Styles up on the top turnbuckle hitting the ropes. Styles with an elbow, springboards up, Owens slides out, Styles jumps back down and Owens takes out the legs of Styles immediately and he falls on his shoulder hard.

Styles is favoring his left shoulder as Owens drops his knees over it. Referee bump when Owens tosses Styles to the corner and Styles catches the referee. Styles avoids a Pop Up Powerbomb and gets Owens down in the Calf Crusher. Owens rolls through and gets the Crossface applied. Styles counters into a Crossface of his own. Owens turns Styles over to his shoulders. The referee counts the pinfall for a very confusing finish.

Winner and New United States Champion: Kevin Owens

The fans look as stunned as Styles does. On paper these two should have instant classic matches but it’s as though they cannot find fifth gear. The first match has a weird finish but at least it was clear, this was just anti-climatic and confusing.

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