Jeff Hardy was attacked backstage ahead of his match against AJ Styles this week on SmackDown and it was thought that The Charismatic Enigma would be forced to relinquish his shot at the Intercontinental Championship due to injury.
The doctor was reluctant to clear Hardy for competition, but after the former World Champion proved that he could stand up on his own and was able to bear weight on his leg despite the knee injury, he was cleared to compete.
Styles obviously targeted the knee throughout the match which was safely inside a knee brace, but rather than this being an issue for Hardy, he was able to use the brace to his advantage when he hit Styles in the face with the brace before landing the Swanton Bomb to pick up his fifth Intercontinental Championship.
Joseph Parks wasn’t in Styles corner for his match, but he did appear backstage following his match when Styles cut a promo about how the win wasn’t legal since Hardy used a weapon.
It’s interesting that this match didn’t take place at SummerSlam on Sunday night since Styles and Hardy are two of the biggest stars in WWE at present, but a rematch could easily be added to the show ahead of their next event inside The ThunderDome in less than two days time.