WWE announced on Friday that Randy Orton will face AJ Styles in a No. 1 Contenders match on next week’s Smackdown Live from Indianapolis to determine who will face Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33.

Orton won the Royal Rumble, but had relinquished his title shot a couple weeks back. AJ Styles won a No. 1 Contenders match over Luke Harper this past week on Smackdown, but then Orton proclaimed he would be coming for Wyatt and his championship at WrestleMania after burning down the Wyatt Family compound.


  1. Considering that Orton is guaranteed a WM Title match for winning the rumble, they are insulting the intelligence of every fan by even having a match between Orton and Styles to “determine” #1 contendership.

  2. are they going the route of bray interfering in the match , or are they going the route of aj styles going for a phenomenal forearm into rko out of no where , or a 450 splash into a rko out of no where ?

  3. Here’s a question – why did master manipulator Randy Orton relinquish his title shot only to straight away stab Bray in the back? He’s just created more work for himself to earn a title shit he already had guaranteed.

    Or is this an example of “maaand games”?

  4. I’m still not the biggest fan of the “guaranteed title shot” clause, in all honesty. Partly for this very reason.

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