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Should A.J. Styles be a WWE Main Eventer Already?

I thought I would start off this article with a quick look of Styles career. Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977),better known by the ring name A. J. Styles (also formatted as AJ Styles), is currently signed to WWE. Styles made his professional wrestling debut in 1998, and briefly appeared in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2001. He wrestled internationally before joining the NWA–TNA promotion – later renamed Total Nonstop Action – upon its foundation. While in TNA, Styles held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 3 times and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice. He was also the inaugural X Division Champion, a title he held six times. Styles is the first professional wrestler ever to complete the TNA Triple Crown Championship (five times) and the TNA Grand Slam Championship (two times). In 2010, Styles became the first ever TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrateds annual PWI 500 list.aj_styles_wallpaper_by_drdead2807

In ROH, Styles won the ROH Tag Team Championship and the ROH Pure Championship. In March 2014, he signed a non-exclusive deal with NJPW and took the promotion’s top championship, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, in his first match with the company. Between TNA, ROH, and NJPW, Styles has held seven World Championships and 23 championships. He has also had various championships reigns while competing on the independent circuit, winning titles such as the PWG World Championshipand the FWE Heavyweight Championship, among many others.

aj-styles (1)Styles first appeared in WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF) in 2002, but turned down a developmental deal he was offered with the company. He signed a multi-year contract with WWE 14 years later in January 2016, and made his official debut at that month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Now, that is an impressive career, but none of it was done in the WWE. The WWE is the big leagues, and when a career minor league guy gets promoted to the big leagues he is hardly ever fighting to become the man on his 25 man roster. He never even had to set foot in NXT, so he almost went from AA straight to the big leagues.

Does he not need to pay his dues in WWE? Does he not need to take a few bumbs? Get hit with a few chairs or kendo sticks? Does he not need to have a few ladder matches or a couple street fights? He has had 1 program with Chris Jericho and suddenly he is the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title?

A.J. is great, he is phenomenal, but it to soon. Let him have the United States Title, or possibly the Intercontinental Title, but not skip all of those and go straight to the Heavyweight title.

What do the other wrestlers think about this? Ans before you say it, don’t tell me it dosen’t matter what they think. What about Lesnar, Ambrose, Ziggler, Cena, Owens, Henry, Ryback, any of the members of the League of Nations all of these superstars could and would have great programs with Reigns. But instead you elevate A.J. over all of those wrestlers? I personally don’t understand it you are sending the wrong message to your locker room. People went nuts when the WWE allowed Kevin Owens to beat John Cena in his first match in WWE. AJ-Styles-SD

What most people are not thinking about is what I think is terribly obvious. Where does Styles go after he looses his program with Reigns? And for those of you wondering, he is going to loose. There is no way the WWE is going to put all this time and effort into building Reigns up and then have him drop the title in his first feud.

Styles should not be the #1 contender, not now anyway. He needs to pay his dues, hold a few other titles, and maybe win at Wrestle-Mania first.



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