“The Phenomenal One” has finally arrived in WWE. A.J. Styles, minor-league-lifer is now a full-time member of the only Big League Wrestling promotion left in town. While Styles is considered to be a TNA “legend” it is now in WWE where the truth about Styles comes to light. Can Styles hang with the big boys?
At the age of thirty-eight, A.J. Styles enters his rookie year in WWE. The beloved internet “icon” has much to prove to casual fans who are likely unfamiliar with Styles' work and career. Like it or not, these are the fans to whom WWE caters its product and to many of these fans, Styles simply won't appeal.
There is a certain sentimental sense that comes along with A.J. Styles at this point. Styles is akin to the rescued pet who spent years in the shelter; hoping to someday find a proper home. While adorably damaged, realistically, you know that its too late to love the animal with your entire heart for its best days are gone and its future is bleak.
Will A.J. Styles ever become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Probably not. Styles is ten years late to the party and the current buzz surrounding the wrestler will eventually fade as sobering reality kicks in and the fans move past the idea of Styles participating on the main event scene. This is not TNA, this is WWE; a world of great unfamiliarity for Styles.
In WWE, being a good wrestler is not enough; being a great wrestler is not enough. WWE is all about the look. The obsession with size and muscle-man-mania is far from over. This perverse idea of what makes a man a Superstar is a continuous trend within the company. And the reality here is that those in power do not listen to their audience.
With that being said, there reason to believe that WWE's newest aqusition will turn into a bust.
These are the top 15 reasons A.J. Styles will fail in WWE:
There is something not sitting well with A.J. Styles. While Styles is sure to be enjoying his recent arrival in WWE, there remains a rotten stench radiating throughout the WWE Universe; and it's coming form the Styles-related hype.
14 Not Owed Anything
The bottom line about the timing surrounding A.J. Styles' WWE debut is that Styles is not owed anything from the company. Styles is now where many fans feel he belongs and that should be good enough.
13 Too Southern
The Southern Wrasslin' Superstar is a thing of the past; gone are the days of the Gunslinging Cowboy and "Howdy Ma'am" attitude. The South will not rise again within the WWE Universe.
12 Internet Wrestling Community
The affectionately dubbed "Internet Wrestling Community" make their opinions well known (as is the case in this piece). However, WWE officials greet Internet Opinion with a shrug of the shoulder.
11 The "Indy Darling" is Done
These Internet-Sensation-Wrestlers are usually know as "Indy Darlings." These are the wrestler who work the independent scene and find the vast majority of their fan support out in Cyber Space.
10 Daniel Bryan
Why is Daniel Bryan going to be the last champion of the sorts? This allows WWE the opportunity to counter criticism with: "hey, we let independent guys win the title, just look at Daniel Bryan."
9 Too Small
Roman Reigns in the Next Guy in WWE; whether fans are willing to accept that or not. Is Reigns a better in-ring performer than A.J. Styles? No. Is Reigns better on the mic? No. (They're both not that great in cutting promos.) However, Reigns fits "the look."
Where is A.J. Styles' personality? Since his arrival in WWE, Styles has felt very vanilla in terms of presence. In WWE, one must stick up like an infected sore thumb; make the people take notice.
7 Nothing New
A.J. Styles can prove to be an exiting Superstar. However, it's nothing WWE fans haven't seen before. The springboard, high-flying, off-you-feet offence is nothing new to the audience as this type of performer has come and gone over the years.
6 Not a "WWE Guy"
Following many years of speculation, Sting - the last true "WCW Guy"- arrived in WWE. Recently and following his own set of speculations, A.J. Styles - the "TNA Guy" - has finally cracked the WWE roster.
5 Lack of WWE Qualities
While already touching base on the fact that A.J. Styles does not fit the quintessential WWE Superstar, the issue must be addressed further. Styles lacks many of the qualities deemed necessary to succeed in WWE.
4 Too Late
A.J. Styles - much like Sting - is a decade too late to the show. The kids have moved on to the next trend while Styles and Sting settling into the long-lost past; while not entirely forgotten, they do not provide that youthful thrill.
3 Casual Fans
"WrestleMania Season" brings out the "casual fan." Those who do not pay complete attention to WWE all year long and certain do not focus on other wrestling promotions. However, with they come back to the product in time for the Grand Spectacle.
2 Vince McMahon
Nobody gets anywhere in WWE without the backing of Vince McMahon; this is abundantly clear. And knowing McMahon and his obsession with Hulk Hogan-like characters, A.J. Styles will not be one of the Chosen.
1 There's Been Better
A.J. Styles is good; really good. Styles can wrestler and its always good to have another wrestler on the WWE Roster. However, Styles is not great. The "marks" may believe Styles can revolutionize WWE but he really can't.
CM Punk - a much better wrestler, talker, and overall performer - couldn't bring about change and A.J. Styles is no different. Styles will settle into the mid-card where he belongs while WWE continues business as usual with their system.
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