A.J. Styles has been one of the best wrestlers of the last fifteen years. Following the death of WCW and ECW in 2001, the industry changed for the worse with very limited options for wrestlers to make a living. If WWE didn’t want a wrestler, the chances of the talent being able to make a successful life in the business was extremely difficult. Styles was one of the rare stars to succeed against the odds and make it in the sport despite not getting a WWE contract. The moniker of “The Phenomenal One” was true as A.J. was a must see act in TNA and ROH.
TNA’s rise to relevance came with Styles being their biggest homegrown talent. Fans would tune in to see former WWE names like Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy or Raven but they would continue to watch due to seeing someone like Styles progress the business. The fast paced action and overall excitement showcased by A.J. was unlike anything wrestling had seen up to that point. Styles was arguably the most must-see wrestling talent in the world and became the face of TNA. While he did leave on less than pleasant terms, Styles is still the popular choice for the top star in company history.
Following his TNA departure, Styles took his game to another level and his stock improved even more. A.J. become an elite performer for New Japan Wrestling, Ring of Honor and various other independent wrestling promotions. The work of Styles in 2014-2016 rejuvenated his career and reminded the wrestling world just how special he was. There are currently rumors out that WWE is on the verge of signing Styles and has huge plans for him in 2016. Through his career, Styles has delivered many tremendous matches and moments but there are plenty of things that can get lost in the shuffle. These are the fifteen things you probably don’t know about A.J. Styles.
15 Tough Childhood
14 Wrestled on WCW TV
13 Wrestled on WWE TV
12 MVP of the X-Division
11 Avid Gamer
10 Won Tag Titles With Six Different Partners
9 Finn Balor’s Replacement
8 First American Champ for New Japan Since Brock Lesnar
7 Controversy with the Gay Community
6 Hated Losing TNA Title to Rob Van Dam
5 Strongly Believed in the Six-sided Ring
4 Leaving TNA was a Business Decision
3 Participated in TNA’s Only “Five-star Match”
2 Entered Pro Wrestling by Luck
1 Best Wrestler to Never Work for WWE
Yes, A.J. Styles did have a couple of dark matches for WWE but he’s never been employed by the company. After Sting made his debut in 2014, Styles moved up on the list as the best talent of the modern era to never work for the company under a contract of some sort. That’s the main reason the rumors of Styles signing with WWE this year have become one of the biggest wrestling stories in recent memory. After becoming one of the top stars in the industry outside of WWE, we’re close to finally seeing him make it to the grandest stage in the business. A.J. Styles is the best talent of this generation that WWE fans have yet to be introduced to and hopefully that changes very soon.
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