Friday, October 14, 2016

WLWB Special: My Top 5 AJ Styles WWE Moments In 2016

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

At this time last year if you would have came to me and told me that AJ Styles would be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in October of 2016, I probably would have laughed in your face. I would have laughed in your face and told you why would AJ Styles want to come to the WWE, when all they would have done is screw up his whole character. Well.......I guess I was wrong.

Since making his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble, in January of 2016, AJ Styles' WWE career has been nothing but phenomenal! (pun intended)

For the past 10 months, AJ Styles' name has been involved in a lot of hot feuds in the WWE and has scratched off a lot of matches on the fan's dream match list. From Chris Jericho, to Roman Reigns, to John Cena, to Dolph Ziggler, to Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles has had an amazing 10 months in the WWE. Also during those 10 months, Styles formed a tag team with Chris Jericho, formed the WWE's version of The Bullet Club with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, was the first draft pick for Smackdown Live, turned heel and defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Styles, who's closing in on the age of 40 is still able to pull off some of the most high-risk maneuvers that have made him what he is today is a wrestler. Styles is not only dominating the WWE as a wrestler, but he is also dominating the WWE at the merchandise counter too, as he continues to be one of the top go to shirts and apparel that the fans want in the company right now.

I myself have to admit that I was quite surprised at how well Styles' career has taken off in the WWE. Why? Well let's just say the WWE isn't very shy when it comes to ruining careers of those that weren't homegrown WWE Superstars. Usually if you were not one of Vince McMahon's own creations, you would have a very tough time making it in the WWE. But thankfully with Styles, it appears that the WWE isn't so worried about where Styles came from, they're more worried about what Styles is doing for their company. Which at this time, is making Smackdown Live one of the hottest shows on TV.

*** My Personal Favorite Top 5 AJ Styles Moments In The WWE ***:

#5: Styles Arrives And Enters At #3 In The Royal Rumble: All throughout the end of 2015, rumors were circulating on whether or not AJ Styles was going to sign with WWE or go back to TNA, as Styles was one of TNA's Originals. Styles made his intentions clear about where he was going during one of his very last independent wrestling matches. Styles mentioned to the crowd that he knew of a "Rumble" coming up that he wouldn't mind entering. Styles did in fact show up at the Royal Rumble entering at #3 and lasted 28 minutes before getting eliminated by Kevin Owens, making Styles' debut in the WWE official.

#4: AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho (Wrestlemania 32): Styles and Jericho had a great feud in the winter and spring of 2016. Styles and Jericho would trade wins with each other and then eventually form a tag team together called Y2AJ, after Jericho stated that he had nothing but respect for Styles. That tag team didn't last very long, however, as Jericho and Styles came up short winning the WWE World Tag Team Championship against The New Day, which led to Jericho turning on Styles. Jericho and Styles would go on to face each other at Wrestlemania 32, after Jericho showed his turncoat ways. Although Styles came up losing against Jericho, it was still great to see two of wrestling's best perform on the greatest stage of them all.

#3: AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns (Extreme Rules): Right after Styles' feud with Chris Jericho, the WWE realized that they had a diamond in the rough with Styles, as Styles was becoming one of their top selling memorabilia items at the merchandise calendar. The WWE jumped on this opportunity and immediately made Styles the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Styles would again come up short in his quest to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but Styles and Reigns put on one heck of an entertaining Extreme Rules Match at WWE Extreme Rules.

#2: AJ Styles vs. John Cena (Summer Slam): The WWE franchise John Cena facing one of TNA's Originals AJ Styles, was definitely a fantasy dream match on every wrestling fan's list. Styles went into this match already having one pinfall victory over Cena, but there was no better match than this to have on the WWE's second-biggest pay per view of the year. Styles now a full-blown heel, wanted nothing more than to take out the WWE's face, John Cena. In a very fast-paced and exciting match, Styles would hit the Styles Clash and the Phenomenal Forearm on Cena and pin John Cena clean in the middle of the ring.

#1: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (Backlash): This leads us to my number one favorite AJ Styles moment of 2016. AJ Styles, after only being in the WWE for 9 months, defeated Dean Ambrose at WWE Backlash to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Styles may have cheated to win the championship, but Styles has proven that it doesn't matter what promotion you come from when you sign with the WWE. If you have the charisma, the mic skills, the wrestling ability, the backstage locker room leader personality and you appreciate what the McMahon Family have done for the wrestling business, you can become a top name superstar in the WWE.

So there you have it that is my top 5 favorite AJ Styles moments of 2016. Thank you for checking out and reading this blog and please follow me @B_Rock1978 and also please follow @TripleThreatCLE for all of your sports, wrestling and entertainment needs.

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