AJ Styles Retains Intercontinental Championship Against Gran Metalik

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AJ Styles took on Gran Metalik during tonight’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown, where the WWE Intercontinental Champion retained his title in a big match.

After securing a championship opportunity last week, Metalik didn’t prove to be much of a match against Styles. While he did have a handful of chances to win, Styles ended up taking things over late in the match, and after hitting Metalik with a chop-block in mid-air, he locked in the Calf Crusher on Metalik and forced his opponent to tap out. Following the match, Styles took his aggression out further, attacking Dorado as he checked on Metalik and hitting him with a Styles Clash.

For more on how the match ended, check out below:

Styles counters a monkey flip and again squashes Metalik’s momentum. The champion targets Metalik’s leg and hits an anklebreaker. Styles wrenches on Metalik’s ankle. Metalik nearly steals the win with a roll-up. A spinning DDT earns Metalik a two count. A dropkick off the ropes earns Metalik another two count. Metalik tweaks his knee and Styles floors Metalik with a flurry of strikes and a clothesline. Metalik dodges a Phenomenal Forearm and rocks Styles with a kick to the head. Styles chop-blocks Metalik in mid-air. Styles in the Calf Crusher and Metalik taps out.

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