2. WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. John Cena, Royal Rumble. I wasn't hot on this match at first, as it felt too similar to their SummerSlam epic and, well, just about all of Cena's recent encounters with indie darlings like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, etc. My second viewing was kinder to it, though. If nothing else, the match is great for Cena's two murderous lariats, the first that absolutely clobbers Styles and the second that barely misses him at full, uncompromising speed. It has the usual glut of 2.9 kickouts and despondent facial expressions, but Cena and Styles go all-out giving the now-16-time champion perhaps his hardest-fought victory ever.