“Jeff Hardy Is A Cheater” – Abyss Issues an Apology to AJ Styles

Published 08/22/2020, 8:33 AM EDT


On the latest edition of Friday Night SmackDown, the WWE Universe saw a shocking title change. After last week’s open challenge, Jeff Hardy faced the Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles. The match was the main attraction of the go-home edition of SmackDown before WWE SummerSlam on Sunday, August 23.

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AJ Styles is furious after the loss

As seen earlier, Hardy was suffering from an injured ankle. He was cleared to participate just a few moments before the match. Despite the injury, Hardy won his fifth Intercontinental Championship. Thousands of fans virtually witnessed the win in WWE’s ThunderDome.

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This shocking turn of events infuriated AJ Styles. He blamed his statistician (and former TNA Colleague) Joseph Park (formerly known as Abyss) for the loss. After the match, he lashed out at Park –

Park defended himself and AJ Styles by calling Jeff Hardy a “cheater.”

It was Mr. Park’s second on-screen appearance. He appeared on the WWE screen for the first time after joining WWE as a producer.

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What will happen now?

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The title change was legitimate. It also marks the first title change in WWE’s ThunderDome.

With a cryptic caption, WWE gave the nod to Park’s former self. Fans are speculating whether WWE could bring the character back.

It is yet to be announced whether AJ Styles will challenge Jeff Hardy for his title rematch at WWE SummerSlam.

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For the first time in five months, WWE moved out of the Performance Centre to the Amway Centre in Florida. The venue did not have a live audience. Still, it was a visual and virtual spectacle, thanks to the ThunderDome technology.

Amway Centre will be home to WWE RAW, SmackDown, and Pay-Per-View events for the foreseeable future.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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