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AJ Styles Cancels WWE Championship Match vs. James Ellsworth Due to Injury

AJ Styles cancelled his match against James Ellsworth Tuesday on SmackDown Live just two days after his victory over Dean Ambrose at TLC.

Styles walked out in a boot over his left foot and broke the news, via WWE:

.@RealEllsworth is NOT HAPPY that @WWE World Champion @AJStylesOrg claims he can not defend his title tonight due to injury. #SDLive pic.twitter.com/K3pjdylYLA

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Ellsworth proceeded to mock Styles for his injury, as shared by WWE Universe:

Is that @realellsworth… MOCKING @AJStylesOrg?! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/8wX4qGyAug

WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 7, 2016

Ambrose emerged and put Ellsworth in his place, via WWE:

Looks like @AJStylesOrg was right… @TheDeanAmbrose is NOT happy with @realellsworth tonight on #SDLive! pic.twitter.com/RGMGVN0cdV

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Ellsworth earned the title shot by beating The Phenomenal One in a ladder match on SmackDown that also resulted in the plucky underdog securing a full-time contract for the blue brand.

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Ambrose aided Ellsworth in that match, just as he did on two previous occasions that also saw him defeat Styles.

An infuriated Styles seemingly put Ellsworth out of commission on the go-home episode of SmackDown prior to TLC, as he hit him with the Styles Clash off the steel steps, which resulted in Ellsworth being taken from the arena in an ambulance.

Despite that, Ellsworth appeared during the main event between Ambrose and Styles at TLC, and he was sporting a neck brace. It seemed as though Ellsworth would return the favor by helping The Lunatic Fringe, but that wasn’t the case.

Instead, Ellsworth pushed Ambrose off the ladder and sent him crashing through tables, which allowed Styles to scale the ladder and grab the championship for the win.

After the shocking development, Ellsworth explained his actions on Talking Smack, as seen in this video courtesy of WWE’s official Twitter account:

.@RealEllsworth explains why he interfered in the #WWETLC #TLCMatch Main Event tonight. #TalkingSmack pic.twitter.com/oHKEZUTRTN

WWE (@WWE) December 5, 2016

Ellsworth also took to Twitter to stress that the motivation behind his decision was giving himself the best chance to become WWEworld champion:

Just strategy everyone, I’ve defeated @AJStylesOrg 3 times, so this Tuesday on #SDLive I can do it and win the #WWE World Championship!

James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) December 5, 2016

Although Ellsworth did technically beat Styles on three occasions, all of those victories were courtesy of Ambrose.

Ellsworth was seemingly delusional about his chances, and he even poked and prodded Styles leading up to their match despite his obvious disadvantage in skill level:

“I Hope” @AJStylesOrg isn’t too banged up from #TLC because if he is I’ll be your newwww #WWE World Champion this Tuesday night on #SDLive

James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) December 5, 2016

While Ellsworth’s catchphrase of any man with two hands having a fighting chance applied to his cancelled championship match against Styles Tuesday, there was plenty working against him during the lead up to the match.

Aside from the fact that Styles is one of the best all-around wrestlers in the world today, the possibility of an angry Ambrose lurking around the corner was ever present.

Ambrose has done plenty of joking around in recent weeks and months, but he is more than capable of getting serious when need be, and he undoubtedly holds a grudge.

The unstable Superstar was at odds with Seth Rollins for years after the dissolution of The Shield, and he even turned his back on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series in favor of getting even with Styles.

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Unless Ellsworth gets another shot, Styles is now set to enter the Royal Rumble and the start of WrestleMania season with the WWE World Championship in tow, while Ambrose figures to do everything possible to make Ellsworth’s life a living hell read more after what happened at TLC.

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