The world’s top wrestling talent will descend on Aberdeen tomorrow as WWE Live returns to the Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Ring superstar AJ Styles is set to put his WWE Championship belt on the line in a no-disqualification match with Samoa Joe, a top-of-the-bill clash.
It is one of four scheduled title bouts with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, United States Championship and Women’s Championship belts also up for grabs.
Styles, aka The Phenomenal One, is the longest-running WWE championship belt holder.
However, the former Total Nonstop Action Wrestling star had to wait until he was 39 years old to sign a WWE contract despite being a world-renowned elite wrestler for many years.
Styles admits he thought any chance of competing in WWE had passed him by.
He said: “I just assumed me and the WWE just weren’t a fit and we would never work together.
“I learned to live with it and I just assumed they didn’t need an AJ Styles. Thankfully I was wrong. It took me a while, but when I got here the timing was perfect.
“Timing is everything. I was in Japan and wanted to get home.
“I love Japan but it was time to come home and I gave WWE a call and said maybe we should talk.
“I didn’t really know where it would go but Triple H and I had a good conversation and the ball started rolling – and here we are.”
Styles made a memorable WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble and quickly motored towards major title success.
In a phenomenal two years, Styles has won the WWE United States title twice and is enjoying a second reign as WWE Championship belt holder.
Styles, 41, successfully defended his WWE championship this summer against Shinsuke Nakamura, the 2018 Royal Rumble winner, at WrestleMania 34.
In the hotly-anticipated title bout Japanese star Nakamura, aka King of Strong Style, was lining up a Kinshasa.
However, defending champion Styles took advantage by rolling the Japanese star mid-sprint into a Styles Clash that The King of Strong Style was unable to kick out from.
On that title showdown, Styles said: “I put my championships on the line and will not be about to let that go, no matter what.
“I don’t want injuries to hold me back. Winners find a way and I found one. It might not have been the most respectable but it is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth out there – and I won.”
Nakamura will also be in action in Aberdeen tomorrow when defending his United States Championship against Rusev, a former holder of the belt.
Earlier this year Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy at the Extreme Rules to win the United States Championship – his first title on the main roster.
Nakamura turned “heel” when he ditched his good guy persona to turn bad with a devastating low-blow on AJ Styles in the title fight at Wrestlemania 34. He insists that is his real persona.
Nakamura said: “My wrestling style came from the heel style from when I was in Japan.
“My moves came from bad guys and heel so now I need to show my real emotion.
“I am enjoying every moment with WWE and every moment in my life. I just do my thing.”
In another title fight for the Granite City, The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) will defend their SmackDown Tag Team title against The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods).
Title holder Becky Lynch will also defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship belt against Charlotte Flair and Carmella.
In other matches, Daniel Bryan will face The Miz while Jeff Hardy goes up against Randy Orton.
R-Truth will battle against Andrade “Cien” Almas with Zelina Vega, while Asuka and Naomi will face off against The Iconics
The Usos go against The Colons while Joe Coffey, Mark Coffey and Wolfgang wrestle British Strong Style.
Talent is subject to change on the night.
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