Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles to gain a Money In The Bank advantage in a superb SmackDown main event in London.
Styles and Nakamura put on a wrestling clinic to garner “this is awesome” responses from the O2 crowd on several occasions, with fans in the building also duelling with chants for both men on several occasions.
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Nakamura ultimately picked up the win after a reverse exploder and fierce Kinshasa knee strike after more than 20 minutes of back-and-forth action.
The result means the King of Strong Style will have the honour of deciding the stipulation for the WWE title match between the two at Money In The Bank, live on Sky Sports Box Office on June 17.
Huge win for Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch’s struggles had been continuing after the Superstar Shakeup, with a quick roll-up loss to Mandy Rose last week added to her run of unfortunate results.
But she gained revenge for that loss in London, emerging victorious from a triple threat Money In The Bank qualifying match which also included Rose and Sonya Deville.
The former Absolution team-mates had teamed up to attack Lynch but also attacked each other as their union showed signs of beginning to crumble.
‘Mellabration’ ends on a sour note
Carmella threw a ‘Royal Mellabration’ to mark two big events in her life – her winning the SmackDown women’s title and, as she revealed to reporters prior to the show, knocking out Charlotte Flair’s teeth at a live event in Germany earlier this week.
Flair was not at SmackDown to witness the celebration, having flown back to the United States for surgery on said teeth, and therefore missed a predictably over-the-top display of braggadocio from the Princess of Staten Island.
But things did not end well for Carmella. Paige, who did attend the ceremony, informed her that at Money In The Bank she will be facing a title defence against Asuka.