AJ Styles…the Phenomenal One. My favorite wrestler since my childhood. Everywhere the man has been has been a success. TNA, Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and now, the WWE. The man has accomplished so much and is already accomplishing much in his young start in the biggest wrestling corporation of the world.
When Styles debuted at the Royal Rumble this year, we, the die-hard fans lost our minds. The Internet exploded! For those who didn’t know who AJ was at the time and for those who STILL don’t know who he is now, then go educate yourselves, you stupid idiots! I just said that with Chris Jericho’s voice in my mind. Styles had one of the longest performances of the night and the part where he traded blows with KO (Kevin Owens) will be cherished dearly.
Styles has already had two rivalries this year that have featured match of the year candidates. First, he took on future Hall of Famer Chris Jericho in a rivalry that began the Raw after the Royal Rumble and lasted pretty much to the Smackdown that was after Wrestlemania. It was two technical wrestling veterans going at it in a match of wits or should I say matches of wits. Styles and Jericho brought out their own submission maneuvers in an effort to break down each other. Interestingly, Styles never submitted to Jericho, while Jericho tapped out to the beautiful Calf Crusher at Fastlane. It’s formerly known as the “Calf Killer,” but WWE had to make it PG. It is disappointing that Styles lost his first Wrestlemania match to Jericho, but the week after Styles defeated Jericho twice. One of the matches determined who would be the new number one contender and who would face Roman Reigns at Payback for the WWE World Heavyweight title.
Roman Reigns…Styles made you look like a pro. He brought the best out of you and now we know that you are good enough to be the WWE champ. At Payback and Extreme Rules, Styles proved that it’s really all or nothing when he’s in the ring. The beautiful Phenomenal Forearm that he did to Reigns to the outside on the announcers’ table at Payback was a thing of beauty. Even that back body drop that Reigns gave him at Extreme Rules was pretty and probably painful. Styles is truly an athlete that brings the best out of his opponents, even if his opponent is a jobber. He should be awarded with a championship soon.
Styles offers so much and it’s good to see that the WWE is already pushing him. WWE knows that Styles can put on a five-star caliber match with anyone. It’s going to be exciting to see him wrestle other big stars such as Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, and maybe Triple H. The man knows how to tell a story in the ring. Just look at his New Japan and Ring of Honor past. And he still has the athleticism that he had in his TNA days. If Styles doesn’t land a title, then he damn sure better earn Superstar of the Year.