WWE is about to get a lot more interesting. With the reported signing of AJ Styles, the wealthy get a lot wealthier as WWE is getting one of the Top 5 wrestlers on the planet into the fold.
Whatever WWE does with Styles they absolutely cannot treat him like Daniel Bryan. Already a star and major league talent by everyone outside the WWE, the bookers foolishly wasted time letting him toil around in meaningless midcard feuds before finally giving into the fans and positioning him in the main event just as his body betrayed him.
At 38 years old, Styles may not have a lot of good years left especially considering his high-risk style of offense. So it’s important WWE gets its money’s worth by immediately making him a major player and putting him against these talents should ensure fans will get the A.J. Styles WWE dream matches they never thought possible.
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If Bryan had just one more match in him, no matter the cost I’d pay to watch him square off in a WWE ring against A.J. Styles. These are two of the best wrestlers from the last decade and in any setting watching them do what they do better than most would be a treat. Call it a retirement match for Bryan if necessary, but this would jump to the front of the pack if Bryan were healthy enough to do it.
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I’m not sure if this would be a 5-star classic, but this would be a fun — pardon the pun – clash of styles — matchup with the highflying Styles battling the ground and pound mindset of Lesnar. Done correctly, it could be the 2016 version of the classic Sting/Vader feud.
I’m doing some serious fan booking on this one. Not only would Bray vs. Styles be absolutely sensational — think Bray’s Royal Rumble 2014 match against Daniel Bryan — but this could be an avenue for WWE to work in a dream feud of The Wyatt Family vs. The Bullet Club once Styles’ fellow Biz Cliz members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows make their way to the main roster.
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Owens has shown an ability to have good to great matches with pretty much anyone on the roster. From ladder matches with Finn Balor to no holds barred brawls with Sami Zayn to mat classics with John Cena, Owens always delivers consistently great performances. Putting him in a series against The Phenomenal One and let the 4- to 5-star matches star rolling in.
From one ex-Bullet Club leader to the next, this match-up has all kinds of potential not just because of the interesting backstory, but due to featuring two of the best wrestlers in the world.
Were WWE to run more live shows in Tokyo like Beast in the East, it could easily be headlined with Balor vs. Styles, which the Japanese fans who thrilled to their tenures in New Japan Pro Wrestling, would eat up. So would the rest of us.
By the time Styles as fully established as a big time player in the WWE, which shouldn’t take long at all, Rollins should be fully recovered from his knee injury.
And the moment Rollins is ready to go, WWE shouldn’t waste any time pitting him against Styles in what could easily be a multiple time Wrestlemania main event rivalry and consistent Match of the Year contender.