Jabroni Journal: The Phenomenal Champ

A.J. Styles Is The Real Deal Best In The World

September 15, 2016

One year ago, if you would have told me that the current reigning champions of the WWE brands would be A.J. Styles (Smackdown Live), Kevin Owens (Raw) and Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT), I would have given you a superkick so hard your head would roll off your shoulders. 

I know I've said it before on this blog, but DAMN IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BE A WRESTLING FAN. WWE is recognizing the achievements of these performers prior to their company, highlighting their talents and hoisting these well-loved globetrotters on their shoulders for the entire world to see. 

Regardless of the fact that he's currently playing the role of a dirty heel (bad guy), as someone who has followed the career of A.J. Styles for quite some time now, I couldn't help but smile on Sunday night as he hit Dean Ambrose with a low blow to capture the WWE World Title at Backlash.

I think back to just two years ago, when A.J. Styles took a huge risk and departed the company that he had spent the majority of his career wrestling for - TNA. It was reported that he wasn't happy with the contract offered to him, so instead of re-upping and going the safe route, A.J. did it his way. He immediately started traveling the indie circuit, wrestling in VFW halls, basketball gymnasiums and anywhere else he could get a solid booking. He returned to Ring Of Honor that year and started wrestling overseas for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where on his first night in the company he won the prestigious IWGP heavyweight title and was thrust into the leadership role atop the Bullet Club. 

By taking a chance, by investing in himself and by creating a buzz outside of his safety net, A.J. Styles made himself the number one free agent for the WWE. 

I legitimately believe that A.J. Styles is the most dynamic performer in pro wrestling today and I'm so stoked to see what he does with the ball in his court. At 39 years old, this is the time for A.J. Styles to cement his legacy as a hall of famer and I have no doubt the next couple years will show us why he is indeed known as "The Phenomenal One."