Based on the fan reaction during the Royal Rumble match, it seems like AJ Styles might very well be the WWE’s next version of Daniel Bryan. Styles got a huge ovation from the WWE Universe when he came down for the #3 spot in the Rumble, but how much do you know about “The Phenomenal One”?
During the Rumble match we saw some possible previews for great opponents for AJ Styles, including a likely WrestleMania preview against Kevin Owens, who finally eliminated him after a good showing in the match. Styles also teased matches against guys like Neville and Chris Jericho during the Rumble.
During his storied career A.J. Styles has competed in the WCW, WWF, NWA, Ring of Honor, TNA Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, as well as putting in a lot of time in on the independent circuit. Styles has captured seven World Championships and more than 20 titles overall which includes becoming the first TNA Triple Crown Champion and the first TNA Grand Slam Champion.
Things have not always been so glamorous for Allen Neal Jones. A.J. grew up in poverty with an abusive father and dropped out of college to become a pro wrestler. At first he mowed lawns and drove an ambulance to supplement his income. Besides his natural in ring ability, another thing that stands out about Styles is his unusual tattoo which is located on the right side of his torso. The tattoo indicates the initials and birth dates of his first three children Ajay, Avery, and Albey. Here are 10 more Things You Didn’t Know About AJ Styles.
10 He Was the Face of TNA
9 He's a Global Superstar
8 He Has Familiar Opponents in WWE
Although there are some exciting new opponents waiting for AJ Styles in the WWE, there are also some foes that are quite familiar to him. One of his best rivals in TNA was Samoa Joe, who is now competing in NXT. Styles also worked with Neville on the independent circuit, and those matches could potentially be very exciting in the WWE. He had an epic match with Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 10, and Nakamura recently confirmed to Tokyo Sports that he would be leaving NJPW and signing with the WWE. Styles could also take on Finn Balor, who he replaced in Japan. AJ has also had some great matches with Kevin Owens, and that rivalry is likely to resume at WrestleMania.
7 He Was Managed by Ric Flair
6 He Has Tons of Experience
5 He Was Involved in Factions
4 He's An Avid Gamer
3 He Was In A Scandal in the Gay Community
2 He's A Tag Team Specialist
1 He Briefly Worked in WCW/WWE
Most wrestling fans probably think that AJ Styles stepped into a wrestling ring for the WWE for the first time at the Royal Rumble in 2016. The fact is that for a brief period of time Styles worked for the WWF/E after the promotion was purchased by WCW. Styles also worked in the WCW and appeared in a tag team match for the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship tournament where he teamed with someone named Air Paris against the team of Kid Romeo and Elix Skipper. Styles came to the WWF where he worked in a few dark matches that took place before TV tapings. He actually appeared once on TV in an edition of WWF Metal against The Hurricane.
Sources: Wikipedia.org, Complex.ca, TheSportster.com
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