AJ Styles got some backup from Ezekiel on last night’s episode of Raw. The Phenomenal One was set to take on The Miz and Ciampa in a handicap match before Elias’ brother decided to join in. The finish of the match left many fans completely baffled.

AJ Styles had Miz dead to rights in the calf crusher. Ciampa came in to make the save. The resulting finish was as chaotic as it was confusing.

When Ciampa entered the ring to break up a submission, the referee called for a disqualification. The announcers then wondered why it was a DQ. On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained that WWE has a secret rule for tag team matches.

“There’s a secret rule in WWE that in a tag match, you only get one save and this was the second save, so therefore it’s a DQ… The other thing is, there’s guys from outside the ring, illegal guys, that do two-on-ones constantly, so it’s like that idea that the illegal man can’t do anything physical to the legal man or it’s a DQ, that’s ridiculous.”


The same type of save situation happens all the time in WWE. Rarely if ever does the referee disqualify someone for it. This week, it’s the way they decided to go.

The confusing finish appears to be due to a secret WWE rule that doesn’t get pulled out very often. The ending didn’t make sense to many fans. It’s hard to tell what WWE’s logic behind the finish was, but it will be interesting to see if there is any follow-up in the coming weeks.

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Transcription by Ringside News

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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