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aj style now a member of the blue brand after WWE Play-by-play commentator Michael Cole announced that the two-time WWE champion was traded from Monday Night Raw to Friday Night SmackDown’s list in return for Superstars to be mentioned later.
The announcement came when Styles were introduced before the WWE Intercontinental Tournament quarter-final match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Styles won and advanced to the semifinals against Elias.
Ryan Satin The Pro Wrestling Sheet provides some context behind the move as well as the placement of Styles in the tournament, which is held for titles retained in the blue brand, even though at first it was on the Raw list:
“As you recall, Styles was announced as part of this month’s Intercontinental Championship tournament despite being part of Raw. While walking into the ring tonight, however, the commentary confirmed that he was exchanged for ‘Superstar to be named later.’
“This is a change from the initial reason given for inclusion, which is an invitation to the WWE brand.
“Gaya moved back to Smackdown after WrestleMania was rumored to be returning for months, but this was initially impossible because of the family commitments he had on Friday night. Now, with most previously recorded performances, as well as children’s sports not happening, movement becomes possible.“
WWE has moved to its performance center in Orlando, Florida, without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That will be the case in the future with the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to spread throughout the United States. Per World Health Organization on Friday, more than 1.52 million people tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States, and more than 91,500 people had died. A total of 24,417 new confirmed cases occurred on Thursday alone.
As far as the SmackDown edition goes, Styles takes home the quarter-final victory thanks to the Phenomenal Forearm:
Styles had been on the SmackDown list before after he was recruited for the blue brand in 2016. He moved to Raw at Superstar Shake-up 2019 and lived there for more than a year before Friday’s announcement.
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