AJ Styles made his WWE debut in 2016 during the Royal Rumble match. Everybody wanted to see AJ Styles reaching the sky in WWE. That is what he did exactly but his first WrestleMania match did not go pretty well. Nobody expected him to lose at his first WrestleMania, but he lost the match against Chris Jericho.
It may feel a little awkward because the person he lost against was Chris Jericho since this guy literally ‘jobbed’ against Fandango at WrestleMania 29. Arn Anderson recently revealed why WWE decided AJ Styles would face a defeat in this match. He said,
Arn Anderson Thinks AJ Styles Losing At WrestleMania 32 Was A Bad Decision
Of course [this could be a case of Vince McMahon wanting to beat Styles to see how he’d react]. It’s not the fact that you slow down his [AJ Styles’] progress and the ability to help the company. I never saw anybody — let me just make this statement. Put it in parentheses, put an asterisk by it.
I never saw anybody in the history of my time in this business that lost his way into getting over. Name one. Any historians out there, name one and I will gladly bow my head and go, ‘I stand corrected.’ You have to win and you have to have momentum and you have to be in some wars and you have to earn your way and you have to beat some guys that you’re not supposed to beat to be in a position to draw money and all this did was stall AJ Styles I think, who I think a lot of people would say is as good as there is.
On Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental championship on the same show:
You know who more importantly really dug it? Almost and I’m gonna say almost every piece of talent in that match. When the word got out who they wanted to go over, almost everybody was thrilled. It just energized the room, I heard it from the talent themselves.
Everybody was on board because let’s see, Zack Ryder, he looks like a million dollars, he’s a nice kid, he’s on time, works his ass off, is a good worker, went on social media during a time it was said, ‘Go grab the brass ring.’ He went and grabbed it and just got his ass in a sling for his trouble. He did all the right things and he was finally gonna get his due. My God, couldn’t you have just left that on him for a month and see where it went?
Again, to cut his water off 24 hours later was insane but he had his moment with his dad that was real. His dad coming in the ring was a real moment and you could see on Zack’s face, he’s going, ‘Jesus dad, get out of here. I don’t think you’re supposed to be in the ring.’ But it was a feel good moment when a nice kid who’s done all the right things finally gets his due. We were all happy for him.
After the event, it felt like AJ Styles’ growth may be halted by WWE but it did not happen. From his individual brilliance and an amazing push from none other than the guy himself, John Cena helped AJ Styles winning three WWE Championships.
This year at WrestleMania 37, AJ Styles along with his tag team partner Omos is scheduled to face the Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day for the title. A lot of fans are arguing about the way WWE has booked him recently. He is losing and jobbing constantly for a number of months. But it is all believed to be a giant push build-up for Omos. We hope to see AJ Styles on the main event status again.
(H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)