Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles will once again clash for the WWE United States Championship on the 12/9 edition of Monday Night Raw.
Rey Mysterio defeated AJ Styles for the championship on the 11/25 episode of Raw. Originally, AJ was supposed to face Humberto Carrillo on that episode of Raw but plans changed when The O.C. attacked the Mexican upstart and Mysterio would go on to win a Fatal 4-Way to earn the right to challenge AJ Styles and eventually go on on to defeat him.
Rey Mysterio to defend United States Championship against AJ Styles
AJ Styles’ world got turned upside down when Rey Mysterio relieved him of the United States Championship — albeit with a little help from Randy Orton — and now, “Uncle Allen” will have the opportunity to right the ship. Following his victory in Monday’s Six-Man Tag Team main event, Styles has been named the first challenger to Mysterio’s reign, giving him the chance to ensure The Ultimate Underdog’s second stint with the U.S. Title ends just as quickly as his first.
His victory is obviously not a foregone conclusion. Mysterio has been on something of a tear since his son Dominik convinced him not to retire a few months ago; the odd loss aside, he’s been a near-constant source of dominance ever since. And, of course, there’s always the threat of Orton still lurking on the periphery — though given that The O.C. has never had a problem interfering on Styles’ behalf, we can probably place things on something of an even keel in the outside interference department. In that case, Monday’s stage is set as simply as possible: Mysterio vs. Styles. May the best man win.
Styles isn't only focused on Rey Mysterio. In recent weeks he has also renewed a rivalry with Randy Orton. The two faced off at WrestleMania 35 that have not met in a major televised capacity in a one-on-one capacity since.
Fightful will have live coverage of Raw beginning at 8 P.M. on Monday.