The WWE has confirmed AJ Styles and Randy Orton will have a singles match at WrestleMania XXXV. The two former world champions have been teasing the match for several weeks now, with the most recent tease taking place this week. After the two went back and forth in an explosive promo on Tuesday’s edition of SmackDown, Styles issued a challenge to Orton. Orton didn’t agree to Styles’ offer, but now the match is set.
Teases for the match first began at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view when the two participated in the titular match for Daniel Bryan’s WWE championship. The issues between Orton and Styles stem from Styles claiming that he is the man solely responsible for making SmackDown what it is today. In response, Orton came to the ring during this week’s SmackDown to remind “The Phenomenal One” of his accomplishments in the WWE since arriving on the scene in 2002. Styles would have none of it, as he reminded Orton that most of his accomplishments came from him using others to get ahead in the business and because of his family ties to the industry. Now the two are set to go one on one in a few weeks at WrestleMania XXXV.
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WWE has confirmed that AJ Styles and Randy Orton will face each other at this year’s WrestleMania pay-per-view; their match will take place on April 7 at MetLife Stadium. An official preview was listed on the promotion’s site detailing the bad blood that has been building between the two former world champions. After reminding Styles of his successes, Orton claimed it was time for the former “indy darling” to pay up because Orton believes he made it possible for Styles to step into a WWE ring.
Since his surprise arrival at the 2016 Royal Rumble event, Styles has been thriving on WWE’s main roster and quickly captured the WWE championship in a few short months. Considering the WWE tends to waste talent not originally established in the company, Styles’ success was a welcomed surprise since the feeling was that he would be used to build up the company’s current poster boy, Roman Reigns. Orton’s career began back in 2002, and he quickly became one of WWE’s biggest stars. As of now, he is a 13-time world champion and will likely add another title to his resume before he retires. With the two set to settle their differences in a few weeks, fans will get to see who is the superior athlete.
WrestleMania XXXV already has several major matches taking place, and the addition of a singles competition between two of the WWE’s greatest athletes in Orton and Styles makes the card look even better. Personal differences aside, these two decorated stars will certainly put on an interesting match, as both have very unique wrestling styles. With the match made official, the WWE must now continue to build interest for the match between the two as WrestleMania approaches.
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