Match #6 – Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the WWE World Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. WWE World Champion AJ Styles
The bell rings and Ambrose tackles the champion, fires away with right hands, sends him into the corner and puts the boots to him. He whips Styles across and scores with a back elbow off the rebound, connects with stinging chops, shoots AJ to the ropes and elevates him with a back body drop. The Lunatic Fringe goes to the outside, throws a chair in the ring, starts to slide in a ladder, The Phenomenal One grabs the chair, then whacks the ladder in Dean’s face. Styles stands it up under the title and starts climbing, the challenger rolls in, rips him down to the mat and they exchange opportunities to ascend the ladder.
The Phenomenal One hits a series of chops, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, AJ ducks under standing ladder, bounces off the ropes on the other side and Ambrose shoves the ladder into him. He clotheslines the champion to the outside and goes out in pursuit, drives Styles head-first off of a ladder placed on a table, throws him over another table, then picks it up and tosses it at him. The Lunatic Fringe takes a seat on a chair, talks some trash before ramming AJ face-first into it, walks to the side of the entrance ramp and plants Styles with a snap suplex on the steel. Ambrose drags The Phenomenal One over to a table and lays him across it, starts to climb a massive ladder, the champion rolls off the table and walks away through the crowd.
The challenger catches him with a clothesline from behind, puts a trash can over his head and delivers a right hand, then brings him back ringside and throws AJ over the barricade. Dean climbs on top of the barricade and comes off with a double axe handle, the champion meets him in mid-air with a dropkick, charges in and squashes him with a leaping clothesline against the retaining wall. The Phenomenal One hammers the challenger with punches, tries another leaping clothesline that misses the mark, Ambrose crotches him on top of the barricade, grabs a chair and rushes in with a big shot to the head. He heads into the squared circle to go up for the belt, AJ slides back in, tips him over and The Lunatic Fringe falls throat-first into the top rope.
The champion pushes the ladder over on top of Dean, picks it up and throws at him, then body slams him on top of it. Styles drops his patented knee across the forehead, props the ladder on the ropes, hooks Ambrose for a suplex into it, the challenger countering out. AJ switches gears and attempts to run him into it instead, The Lunatic Fringe reverses into a double leg takedown, then catapults the champ into the ladder and he spills down to the floor. Ambrose picks the ladder up over his head and tosses it at Styles, goes out after a table and starts setting it up in the ring. The Phenomenal One comes back in with a chair across the spine, buries it into the midsection, then batters Dean across the back again. AJ sets it up and plants the challenger on it with a side slam, then uncorks big right hands.
He smacks Ambrose with the chair again and sets it back up, heads outside after more chairs, then sets them side-by-side and facing each other. He picks up the challenger and attempts a suplex, The Lunatic Fringe blocks it, drops AJ across the chairs with a release vertical suplex, then follows with a body slam across another chair. He lays Styles on top of one, comes off the 2nd rope with a 2nd chair across the face, flips a table upside-down, props the legs up and throws the champion into it. Ambrose props the table up in the corner, picks Styles up, The Phenomenal One fires up with punches and sends Dean through the table with a snap suplex. Styles starts pie-facing the challenger, The Lunatic Fringe unloads with punches and chops, AJ combats it with a dropkick, but Dean rebounds off the ropes and turns him inside-out with a Lunatic Lariat.
He tosses the champion out to the apron, pulls him up to the 2nd rope for a superplex to the outside, Styles fights it off, pushes Ambrose back into the ring and springboards in for a Phenomenal Forearm. The Lunatic Fringe meets him coming down with a kick to the breadbasket, hooks him for Dirty Deeds, AJ counters out and unloads with fists, hits the ropes and gets elevated over the top to the floor. The challenger builds a head of steam and flies through the ropes with a suicide dive, bounces the champion’s head off the announce table, then clears all three of them off. He pulls Styles to the middle announce table, stands a ladder up on the one next to it, uses a barrage of fists to keep the champion down, then heads up the ladder and comes crashing down with a diving elbow through the table.
The Lunatic Fringe crawls over the ring, pulls another ladder out and heads inside, stands it up and goes to retrieve the championship. The Phenomenal One drags himself back up to the apron, springboards in with a Phenomenal Forearm to knock the challenger down, both guys struggle back to their feet and climb opposite sides of the ladder. They meet at the top and trade punches, both fall back to the mat, Styles goes for a clothesline, Ambrose counters into Dirty Deeds, the champion slips out and sets for a Styles Clash. Dean powers AJ up for an Alabama Slam, spins around and rams Styles into the ladder, then goes back up for the belt. The Phenomenal One hangs onto Dean’s foot, pulls him off for a powerbomb, The Lunatic Fringe counters with a hurricanrana and they both fall over the top the floor.
Ambrose climbs back to the apron and gets pulled down, AJ hops up to the apron now, moonsaults into a reverse DDT and plants the challenger on the floor. He gets a table and sets it up next to the ring, lays The Lunatic Fringe across it, bludgeons him with big rights, then heads back into the ring. The Phenomenal One springboards from inside the ring, delivers a 450 splash and crashes through Dean and the table, staggers to his feet and back into the squared circle. The champion scales the ladder after his title, James Ellsworth makes his way down to ringside, AJ stops in his tracks and goes out after him. He clubs Ellsworth down, positions the bottom half of the steel steps, sets for a Styles Clash off of it, but Ambrose stops it with a clothesline.
He spikes AJ on then stairs and crawls into the ring, goes up the ladder rung-by-rung, Styles rolls in and climbs up the other side. The challenger knocks him off and down to the floor with a right hand, Dean reaches up for the championship, Ellsworth climbs into the ring and tips the ladder over, sending Ambrose crashing through two tables on the floor. He motions to AJ to get back in the ring, The Phenomenal One stands the ladder back up, makes one final climb and retrieves the title.
Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: AJ Styles
- EA’s Take: Easily a match of the year candidate with (pardon the cliche) phenomenal outings from both champion and challenger. Styles hitting a springboard 450 to the outside through a table? Are you kidding me?!?! Just an example of why AJ is arguably the best wrestler in the world. Now, James Ellsworth turning on Ambrose….makes no sense to me logically. Was Dean perhaps treating him a little poorly recently? Yes, but AJ planted him on the floor with a Styles Clash last week, so that kind of throws that excuse out the window. I’ll be interested to see what they come up with for reasoning, but if we’re going into an Ambrose/Ellsworth feud, I can tell you right now I’m not enthused.
EA’s Finisher: Once again, in my opinion, SmackDown proves why they are the better show. Styles/Ambrose in an instant classic, Bray gets his first taste of WWE gold, Miz/Ziggler with another tremendous performance and a surprisingly entertaining Chairs Match. Not to mention continuing to advance storylines, which is by far SmackDown’s strong-point. If you like gimmick-PPVs, then TLC is always one of the most anticipated of the year and SmackDown one hundred percent delivered tonight.
Top Three To Watch
1 – AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose
2 – The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
3 – Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto