AJ Styles and Samoa Joe collided last night at Hell in a Cell, in a match that ended under controversial circumstances when Styles was seen to be tapping to Samoa Joe’s Coquina Clutch even though the referee counted the shoulders down in favor of Styles so he once again retained.
That’s two matches between Styles and Joe have seen Joe technically pick up the win, but the Championship didn’t change hands.
The rivalry between the two stars has become deeply personal over the past few weeks and as part of a backstage segment at Hell in a Cell General Manager Paige and Samoa Joe decided that there needed to be a definitive winner between Styles and Joe when they collide in Australia.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson is reporting that WWE could be setting up for another WWE Championship match that will be decided under Last Man Standing rules.
“Great way to play into the idea that they are going to have a rematch at the Super Show-Down on October 6th in Australia and Joe is like there has to be a winner, there needs to be a winner. No DQ, no countout, ” he said via Ringsidenews.
“I’m guessing they are going to have a Last Man Standing match and maybe that is where Samoa Joe is going to win the title. If that does happen, I believe that’s the first time the WWE Championship changes hands in Australia.”
A title change in Australia could be what WWE is looking for in order to make the show a historic one, and with Daniel Bryan and The Miz colliding for the number one contender’s spot as part of the show too, it will be interesting to see if Styles is able to win another Last Man Standing Match to retain his title.