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For the majority of an otherwise accomplished wrestling career, it was felt by many within the business that?A. Nike Air Max Womens 2018 90 .J. Styles?simply would never quite fit the WWE mold for various reasons, from his size and look to his microphone skills.Over the past nine months, however, those doubts have been quickly silenced, as Styles, 39, has ascended to the upper echelon of the WWE roster.On Sunday, he squares off with WWE champion?Dean Ambrose?in the biggest match of his career at WWE Backlash in Richmond, Virginia, with sports entertainments most recognizable prize just a three-count away.?Leading up to his WWE return in January (he had a cup of coffee in 2002 as an enhancement talent), Styles had captured some of pro wrestlings most prestigious titles over an 18-year career in nearly every major company outside of WWE.Most American fans knew him best from a 12-year run as one of the greatest and most decorated stars Total Nonstop Action wrestling has ever had. But until an acrimonious split with TNA in 2013 sent him off to compete in organizations such as Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling and numerous other major independents, it felt like any window for Styles to sign a WWE contract -- let alone be a major player within the company -- had surely closed.Styles fortunes changed quickly in Japan, as a member of the wildly popular Bullet Club faction, where he became a two-time IWGP heavyweight champion -- something only two other non-Japanese wrestlers (Big Van Vader and Scott Norton) had ever done in the titles 30-year history. It was during that time when several major shifts within the WWE helped pave the way toward his eventual move.Former independent stars such as?CM Punk and?Daniel Bryan?received incredibly positive reactions from WWE crowds, with each ascending to the most prominent roles in the?company, despite being a far cry from the stereotypical mold of a classic WWE superstar. Meanwhile,?Karl Anderson?and?Luke Gallows?were signed to the main roster, with Styles debuting at Royal Rumble?to a thunderous ovation.?Following his initial feud with?Chris Jericho?at WrestleMania 32 in April, Styles has produced a five-month stretch that feels unmatched by anyone who has joined the company in a?similar fashion.?A memorable feud with then-WWE champion Roman Reigns followed, in which Styles pushed the polarizing star to two of the best matches of his career. Styles then further established his own reputation as one of the companys top stars in a summer program with John Cena. By putting on the match of his life at SummerSlam -- and going over Cena cleanly -- Styles shook off any labels of being a good loser who could get great matches out of anyone but never win the big one.?He has a chance to further distance himself from that moniker on Sunday, in the first exclusive SmackDown Live pay-per-view since WWEs brand split in July.?Ambroses reign as the top champion on SmackDown Live was red hot to begin with, thanks in large part to some excellent in-ring promos between himself and?Dolph Ziggler. But their lackluster match at SummerSlam?(which theyre only partially to blame for) took a fair bit of the shine off of Ambrose as WWE world champion.He went on to get a good match out of?Baron Corbin?and was strong on the mic in his closing segment with Styles during Tuesdays go-home episode,?with Ambroses twisting of Cenas catchphrase (which Styles has recently adopted) into the face that finishes in second place a particularly nice close. But it feels a lot like Ambroses momentum is winding down as champion.?While it remains to be seen whether Styles will be asked to carry the mantle that Cena left behind when he laid down his arm band in the center of the ring following his loss to Styles at SummerSlam, one thing is undoubtedly clear regardless of how Backlash plays out:Whether it happens Sunday or further on down the road, A.J. Styles is ready to hold the WWE world championship.(c) - indicates defending championThe Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental championshipMuch has been written about The Mizs career renaissance, fueled by his scathing promo on Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack a few weeks ago, but his path to Backlash has led him back toward a familiar foe. As pointed out in the By the numbers breakdown of the match, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz have the second- and third-most Intercontinental championship matches of all time on pay-per-view events, respectively. This is the third time theyve fought for the IC title on pay-per-view, and each time the challenger walked away with the championship.The fact that Ziggler is 1-6 in pay-per-view matches in 2016 escapes almost no one. After a disappointing showdown with Ambrose for the WWE championship following a highly charged buildup, Ziggler is desperately in need of a win. The Miz shows no signs of slowing down in his Never Ending Intercontinental championship World Tour, and it seems unlikely that hed drop the title in this match, unless hes moving on toward bigger and better things.Prediction: The Miz carries on with his Never Ending Intercontinental championship World Tour?and squeaks out a victory. Ziggler finally has enough and goes full blown evil in the weeks to come on SmackDown Live, with an opponent like Apollo Crews as one of his first targets.Bray Wyatt vs. Randy OrtonThis is one of the most difficult matches to predict on the Backlash card, simply because Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton each could use a big win here. There hasnt been an ounce of physicality between the two, but there have been several sparring matches in which Orton has put on one of his more impressive showings in some time.One or both of these men could be on their way to a WWE world championship feud in the near future, but it doesnt seem like theres much to hold this rivalry together beyond Sunday. That could change in a hurry, depending on the ultimate outcome; but either way, this could be a sneaky good match thats not getting nearly as much attention as it might otherwise get without so many championship implications at Backlash.Prediction: Orton recovers from his thrashing at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and nets a win, despite a strong showing from Wyatt. A postmatch beatdown from a furious Wyatt allows this rivalry to carry on into the future.Womens championship Six-Pack elimination matchTwo new titles will crown their first champions on Sunday night, with the womens championship Six-Pack elimination match having a far more difficult result to predict. While it seems unlikely that Carmella or Alexa Bliss could win so early in their main roster tenures, both have afforded themselves well in the lead-up to this match and could make big strides toward relevance over the course of this match. The elimination format provides the opportunity for multiple competitors to score pinfalls or submissions, and the sequences that lead to those falls and the execution can go a long way to determining future rivalries.Naomis new entrance is an undeniable spectacle to watch, but there hasnt been much to suggest that shell come out of this match victorious. I believe there will be a conflict with either Bliss or Natalya that will lead her toward her next step on SmackDown Live during this match. Natalya could be a dark horse in this match due to her previous wrestling pedigree, but she hasnt been made to look very strong, either.That leaves the prohibitive favorites, Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella. Lynch has fallen in every championship opportunity she has had in her first year since her promotion from NXT, and it seems like the clock is ticking in terms of shoring up the reputation of one of the most popular women in WWE. Nikki Bella is the longest reigning Divas champion in history, and her joining the SmackDown Live roster upon her return might be a signal that shes there to carry the womens division as it establishes itself properly on the show.Prediction: Lynch wins the championship with her last fall coming against Bliss. Nikki Bella will continue her conflict with Carmella, which will see both women cost each other big in this match, and Natalya and Naomi will have a battle of their own -- on their way to eventually determining the next top contender for the SmackDown womens championship.Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. TBD for the SmackDown tag team championshipsThings took a dramatic turn this week on SmackDown, as the Usos finally gave in to the temptations of the dark side. After ambushing American Alpha at the opening bell, they were caught with their figurative pants down, as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan picked up a stunningly quick victory over the two-time WWE tag team champions. The Usos took out Gables knee and knocked American Alpha out of their guaranteed spot in the finals of the SmackDown tag team championship tournament, setting up a second-chance match between themselves and The Hype Bros. for the right to face Heath Slater and Rhyno later in the night for the titles.A much-needed heel turn was just what the doctor ordered for both The Usos and SmackDown Live as a whole. Good guys chasing bad guys tends to be the most interesting and compelling kind of rivalry that wrestling can produce. You can even look at NXT right now, with what The Revival is doing as NXT tag team champions, and see how effectively it can work. By establishing The Usos as the first SmackDown tag team champions, with a genuine reason to feud with American Alpha upon their return, things are set up for an explosive start to the launch of a proper tag team division on the blue brand. That also means that the long-tortured path of Heath Slater and his pursuit of a WWE contract -- one of the strongest stories going on Raw or SmackDown today -- gets to continue in heartbreaking fashion.Prediction: The Usos dispatch Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder in quick order, potentially on the Backlash preshow, and then break the hearts of Slater, his wife and seven kids on their way to winning the SmackDown tag team championships. Nike Air Max Womens 2018 Grey . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Nike Air Max Womens 2018 Discount . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. http://www.nikeairmaxwomens2018.com/ . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Hold on a minute.No. 4 Clemson hasnt even won its own division yet. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan still havent played. And No. 22 Washington State might have something to say about the Pac-12 North title.With three weeks remaining, theres still plenty of time for teams to impress the 12 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee -- or to trip up in epic fashion, the way we saw last weekend when three of the top four teams lost.Week 12 is another piece of the puzzle, as there are still bubble teams such as No. 14 West Virginia that need a statement win to move up in the rankings. The good news? The Mountaineers will get that opportunity Saturday.Heres a look at who can still impress down the stretch, starting this week:Dont count them out yetNo. 9 Oklahoma?(8-2): The two-loss Sooners are the Big 12s highest-ranked team and can clinch the title outright this weekend with a win at West Virginia and an Oklahoma State loss. OU is two wins away from finishing undefeated in conference play but has yet to beat an opponent ranked in the top 25. That could change Saturday with a win over 14th-ranked Mountaineers in Morgantown. Committee chair Kirby Hocutt recently referenced the Sooners tremendous offense, so OU is clearly passing the committees unspoken eye test at the moment. Theyve continued to bounce back from two early-season losses, Hocutt said Tuesday. Theyre on a seven-game winning streak. The committee believes that Oklahoma is deserving of that 9 spot, and still looking at West Virginia to get a quality win. OU, meanwhile, has the toughest remaining schedule among top-10 teams, according to FPI.No. 10 Colorado?(8-2): The Buffaloes remain the favorite to win the Pac-12 South, and theyve got plenty left on their schedule to earn them a spot in the final top four, starting Saturday against a Washington State team that has won eight straight games. According to ESPNs FPI, Colorado has the toughest schedule in its division. Not only can the Buffs boost their playoff résumé with a win against the Cougars, they also finish the season against No. 12 Utah, and would then likely have a shot at a top-10 opponent in Washington in the Pac-12 championship game. Colorado might be the most legitimate dark horse remaining.No. 11 Oklahoma State?(8-2): Ah, yes, that pesky L next to the Central Michigan game. The two-loss Cowboys are just that in the eyes of the committee: a two-loss team. We treat it as a loss, Hocutt said of the CMU game, which ended in controversial fashion. The question is whether Oklahoma State can overcome it with a Big 12 title. If the Cowboys finish with back-to-back road wins at TCU and Oklahoma, they could be back in the conversation. The win over a ranked West Virginia team is important, and the nonconference win over Pitt looks even better now.No. 14 West Virginia?(8-1): WVU is the committees lowest-ranked one-loss Power 5 team. Hocutt has said in each of the past two weeks that WVUs schedule is holding it back, but Mountaineers fans have taken exception to that, pointing out that No. 9 Oklahoma doesnt have any wins over any top-25 teams, either. The Mountaineers have played only one team ranked in the top 25 (No. 11 Oklahoma State) and they lost, and as Hocutt remarked, the quality win is not there yet for West Virginia. That could change Saturday with a home win over the two-loss Sooners. This is the only remaining ranked opponent for WVU, so it needs to take advantage of it. Its also the only game left that ESPNs FPI doesnt favor the Mountaineers in, giving them a 45.7 percent chance to win.Group of 5: One of the most surprising storylines of the committees third ranking was that one-loss No. 20 Boise State jumped undefeated No. Nike Air Max Womens 2018 Online. 21 Western Michigan, and thats in large part due to the fact that Boise State has a win over a top-25 team in Washington State. Boise still needs Wyoming to lose again, though, to have a chance at winning its division in the Mountain West. ESPNs FPI gives Boise State a 46 percent chance to win the Mountain West, second behind San Diego State, which has clinched the West Division. Western Michigan has a 70 percent chance to win out, according to FPI.Dont lose focusCollege football reminded us ever so bluntly last weekend that no game is a gimme. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice? Youre out of the top four. Heres a look at the rest of the contenders who cant get caught looking ahead to Rivalry Week:No. 2 Ohio State: The Buckeyes travel to Michigan State on Saturday and are clinging to playoff hopes in spite of their high ranking. Not only can they not afford to lose, they need Penn State to lose again to win the East.No. 3 Michigan: The Wolverines host a pesky Indiana team and could be without starting quarterback?Wilton Speight. This will be the committees first chance to see if Michigan still looks like a top-four team without him.No. 4 Clemson:?If Clemson wins at Wake Forest on Saturday, it will clinch the ACCs Atlantic Division. If it loses, Louisville will win the division. The Tigers playoff hopes are on the line in Winston-Salem.No. 6 Washington: The Huskies should be able to rebound from last weeks disappointing loss to USC with a home win against Arizona State. Theres only one game more important than the Apple Cup right now -- this one.No. 7 Wisconsin:?The Badgers travel to Purdue, and they can clinch the West Division with a win and losses by Nebraska and Minnesota. Dont count a two-loss Big Ten champ out.No. 8 Penn State:?The Nittany Lions should have no trouble against a Rutgers team that is winless in the Big Ten, but it needs to win out and hope Michigan stumbles once more to win the East.SuperlativesPlayer in the spotlight: OU WR Dede Westbrook. He leads the nation with 1,100 receiving yards since Oct. 1. During that time he has caught 82 percent of the passes thrown his way and has gained a Power 5-high 515 yards after the catch.Matchup to watch: Washington States offense vs. Colorados defense. The Buffs secondary is ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Ohio State at 5.5 yards allowed per attempt, and Wazzu QB Luke Falk leads the country with a 74 percent completion rate. The Cougars have an FBS-high eight players with at least 20 receptions each.Upset watch: Louisville at Houston. The Cardinals cant afford another slow start like they had against Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest. Houston receiver Chance Allen said this is our Super Bowl. QB Greg Ward Jr. is still battling an ankle injury that has hindered him all season, but coach Tom Herman said Ward is going to play and give his brothers everything hes got.Dont forget about: Pitt RB James Conner. As if his miraculous recovery from cancer wasnt enough, Conner stands only two touchdowns shy of breaking the ACCs career record for touchdowns scored that is currently held by Virginias Wali Lundy.Under-the-radar game: Navy at East Carolina. The Midshipmen can clinch the AACs West Division with a win over the Pirates.Dubious distinction: Sorry, Cal. You get the award this week. 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