WWE SmackDown LIVE: AJ Style wins Independence Day Battle Royal

first_imgAJ Styles became the No. 1 contender  for Kevin Owens’ WWE United States Championship winning the Independence Day Battle Royal on SmackDown LIVE.The night which included the return of John Cena to rapturous applause and a rap battle between SmackDown tag-team champion ‘The Usos’ and ‘The New Day’, the highlight well and truly was the battle royal.#IndependenceDay #BattleRoyal winner and #USTitle #1Contender @AJStylesOrg had some harsh words for @FightOwensFight on #TalkingSmack! pic.twitter.com/racciAX3Kn- WWE (@WWE) July 5, 2017Kevin Owens was at ring-side with his invaluable commentary and  superstars such as Tye Dillinger, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, both members of ‘ The Ascension’, Sin Cara, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, being notable among also-rans in the battle royal.AJ Styles had to defeat Chad Gable in a ‘Win and You’re In’ match organised by SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan as both had previously lost to Owens in title matches.WWE Photo As  for the actual battle royal, Mojo Rawley eliminated his own Hype Bros partner, Zack Ryder, before being booted off by Sami Zayn. Tye Dillinger surprisingly made it to the final three and nearly claimed the victory after hitting Tye-Breakers on both AJ Styles and Zayn. Sami Zayn eliminated the perfect 10, but Styles prevailed over Zayn with a Pele Kick that sent Zayn down to floor.As soon as AJ Styles won, Kevin Owens made his way to the ring and attacked the new No 1 contender. Styles gave a fitting reply to Owens with an ‘Enzuigiri’ ending  the show with the championship belt aloft as Owens looked on aghast.advertisementlast_img read more