Fans have been waiting all week to find out which member of the Blue Brand would step up to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, and we are thrilled to announce that the wait is finally over.
This Tuesday night, Smackdown General Manager Paige welcomed the “Phenomenal One” to the ring with the intention of announcing his opponent for the hottest party of the summer, but the two were rudely interrupted by an even-more-obnoxious-than-usual James Ellsworth.
After claiming that he was next in line for the WWE Championship, and attempting to hijack the entire show the chinless wonder then resorted to mocking and insulting Paige herself. The former women’s champion swiftly dealt with issue, FIRING Ellsworth on the spot. The GM then accompanied a hoard of security as they threw him out of the building.
Back in the ring, an unsuspecting Styles was ambushed by a very old rival… Samoa Joe. The self-proclaimed Samoan Submission Machine locked the WWE Champion in a rear naked choke, putting him to sleep before taking the official SummerSlam contract and signing his name to the bottom line.
While his method wasn’t exactly what Paige had in mind, the Blue Brand GM would later confirm that Samoa Joe was indeed next in line for a title opportunity, and that highly anticipated match will go down in Brooklyn on August 19th at WWE SummerSlam.
With @RealPaigeWWE preoccupied with FIRING @realellsworth, did @SamoaJoe just TAKE the #WWEChampionship match against @AJStylesOrg at #SummerSlam?! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/eA7VpaGZV8
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2018