Seth Rollins has retained WWE Universal Championship as he defeated AJ Styles at Money in the Bank(MITB) 2019 show in what could be called the match of the night.
Seth Rollins became WWE Universal Champion after defeating Brock Lesnar in the opening match at WrestleMania last month. Later, AJ Styles became the no. 1 contender in the mini-tournament where he first won the triple threat match against Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe before defeating Baron Corbin. Although the build-up to the match started with mutual respect between the two, the things have turned sore since then.
Styles first sent Rollins through the table after their contract signing and then abandoned Styles during their tag team match after he mistakenly hit him with another phenomenal forearm. As this being one of the rare face vs face fued, both men showed traits for a heel turn but it never came.
They immediately lock up and AJ backs Seth to the corner before a semi-clean break. AJ takes him down with a popup headscissor as they exchange counters. He takes him down again with an arm drag before Rollins nails a hard clothesline to take control. Styles nails a dropkick to start a back and forth period. Seth sends Styles’ head into the middle turnbuckle. Rollins manages to avoid a Styles Clash from the apron, but AJ still takes him down with a sliding knee.
The Beastslayer recovers and hits a suicide dive that sends both men into the announce table. He hits a second before bringing AJ back into the ring. He takes Styles down with a sling blade and a springboard clothesline for two. They trade near falls with a series of pinning combinations. Rollins hits a bucklebomb and a frog splash for a close two count. He puts Styles on the top turnbuckle and climbs up with him. Styles knocks him down but Seth runs right back up. AJ slips through his legs and hits a German suplex.
Styles puts him in a torture rack and hits a spinning powerbomb for two. Rollins trips Styles to avoid the Phenomenal Forearm. Seth hits a reverse superplex and rolls through to hit another slam for a near fall. Seth manages to escape the Calf Crusher but AJ hits a backflip DDT for yet another close two count. Rollins nails a superkick and dodges the Pele Kick. AJ counters the Stomp and hits the Styles Clash but could only get a nearfall. Seth counters the Phenomenal Forearm and hits the Stomp. He makes the cover and scores the pin to retain his title.
Winner- Seth Rollins with a pinfall
After the match, Rollins takes the title and recovers as we go to replays. AJ exits the ring as Rollins stands tall and has his arm raised as the music plays. Rollins raises the title from the corner and looks on as AJ makes his exit. AJ returns to the ring and Rollins comes down from the top to meet him in the middle. They stare each other down. Rollins raises the title in AJ’s face and shakes his head. AJ offers his hand for a shake as some fans cheer, others boo. Rollins thinks about it and finally shakes. AJ exits the ring as his music hits. Rollins drops the title in the middle of the ring and looks on.