AJ Styles returned to WWE television tonight and qualified for Sunday's Money in the Bank ladder match.
In his first appearance on WWE TV since facing The Undertaker in their boneyard match at WrestleMania 36, Styles won the last chance gauntlet match on tonight's Raw. He entered as the last participant and submitted Humberto Carrillo with the Calf Crusher to qualify for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Styles attacked Carrillo after and repeatedly slammed his leg into the ring post. Styles then cut a promo where he said he may have gotten buried alive against The Undertaker at WrestleMania, but he isn't a zombie or a ghost. Styles said there's no Undertaker to try and steal his spotlight this time -- and he didn't actually lose at WrestleMania because there were no rules.
Styles said he'll do anything to win Money in the Bank, even if that means throwing a Rey Mysterio or Aleister Black off the top of WWE headquarters. He said the other Money in the Bank participants haven't been through what he's been through or seen what he's seen.
Bobby Lashley started the gauntlet match off by defeating Titus O'Neil, Akira Tozawa, and Shelton Benjamin. Lashley was then eliminated when he got disqualified against Carrillo. Carrillo defeated Angel Garza and Austin Theory before the match came down to him and Styles.
Styles, Mysterio, Black, Daniel Bryan, Baron Corbin, and Otis are the participants for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. The men's and women's ladder matches are taking place simultaneously.
Shayna Baszler, Asuka, Nia Jax, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, an Carmella are the wrestlers for the women's ladder match.
John Pollock of Post Wrestling first reported that Styles would be returning on tonight's Raw.