AJ Styles – The Phenomenal Explosion

The following article analyses the shoot/ work promo by AJ Styles from this past Thursday’s Impact Wrestling and how the wrestling world is affected. There is much to cover so let’s begin!

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

Impact witnessed a host of incidents. There was the developing storyline involving the talented trio of Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Bobby Roode. Kazarian may have lost to Jeff Hardy, but his wrestling was symbolic in that he joins the leading merchandise seller on another level of athleticism. This is particularly important as these three guys are really good wrestlers who, combined with their respective mic skills, surpass the majority in the roster.
Considering how the Bound For Glory series began, and since Bully Ray became champion, this is the spotlight they’ve needed, especially as Kazarian was a replacement for Magnus who was unable to make the Impact show. Magnus has taken the spotlight and is building his reputation well, so it was a good chance for Frankie to remind the higher ups that he’s still more than capable in delivering the goods. Similarly, the other wrestler at last year’s main event was more than equaled by the impressive Christopher Daniels. Austin Aries and Christopher Daniels gave a good match, but I’m particularly impressed at how Chrisopher Daniels confronted Austin Aries during Austin Aries’ interview with Jeremy Borash. Christopher Daniels’ retort to Austin Aries (“I dare to interrupt you and show you when I knock you flatter than Miley Cyrus’ ass!”) was awesome and reaffirms the fact that Christopher Daniels has great mic skills. The other member of the newly formed ‘Gentlemen’s Club’, Bobby Roode, interrupting the AJ Styles segment and leading to another good match once again shows that they are three stars that should not be neglected. The It Factor is the longest reigning and defending TNA Champion (said in a Paul Heyman voice) and showed why he is that in his match with AJ Styles.

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

Also on TNA Impact, to compensate for the loss of Brooke Hogan and the three shows missing Hulk Hogan, he returned to stamp his authority over the seemingly dominant Bully Ray. A shrewd tactic to build up the reputation of Bully Ray by having another encounter with Sting then a match with a fellow brother of the Aces & Eights. This will surely be Mr. Anderson who will signal an intent to recapture the world championship. This will help with the ratings and with a continuing resemblance between the nWo and Aces & Eights, as discussed in a previous article, with the internal grudge that built between Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan possibly being replicated between the President and Vice President of the Aces & Eights. This shows Hulk Hogan is assisting TNA in the creative department. This was another important aspect of TNA because there are questions over Hulk Hogan and TNA as discussed in a previous article, and this will surely aid the positives over Hogan. Although I must say, wasn’t Sting banned from ever competing for the World Championship after Slammiversary XI?

AJ Styles Phenomenal Explosion

AJ Styles’ Phenomenal Explosion

But there was one incident that surely was as he put it, ‘the show stealer’ of last week’s Impact. I am of course talking about AJ Styles’ supposed shoot. It was filled with a lot of emotion, addressing a series of feelings which has been like a dark cloud over AJ Styles for a number of years. This was something that many wrestling fans have been patiently waiting for and it was appropriate that the Main Event Mafia, filled with people grabbing a lot of the focus of TNA management, gave him the ring when he requested it. This was the most significant segment of TNA this week and will be reviewed in this article.

I’m unsure whether the promo was an actual shoot or a worked one with AJ Styles talking about his past year which has been the catalyst for his transformation of his chatacter in the current storyline. But he could of been using this as a basis to build on to more serious dilemmas, which will be reviewed. For this purpose, it’s important to acknowledge that it may have been a supposed shoot and will be recollected as one.

TNA has been suppressing the most talented in-ring performer in the company, and arguably in the wrestling world, for years. AJ Styles was the stand out competitor of the X-Division when TNA first came into fruition. His wrestlingdazzled the wrestling world and earned him a spot in the world title picture. Jeff Jarrett, who at the time was competing against on and off guest heavyweight stars, as discussed in a previous article, had found a major rival from within. Jeff Jarrett, being a guy with a grudge with Vince McMahon, was happy with how TNA had unearth a major talent disregarded by the major organizations and had acquired a man to represent TNA’s intention of rebranding wrestling. AJ Styles would forever cement his legacy as one of the major contributors to the success of TNA, which was highlighted by whom many call his heir to the TNA throne, Austin Aries, a few weeks back.

Christian Cage, Tyson Tomko and AJ Styles

Christian Cage, Tyson Tomko and AJ Styles

However, for a man delivering so much promise, management didn’t have the confidence to sustain him as the face of the company and were unable to utilize his optimal capacity. He has been constantly overshadowed by other competitors. The standout example is Christian. I’m a huge Christian fan, and I even had a debate with some fans on one of the many insightful Alex Assumptions regarding Christian, who I deem as a success story in WWE, delivering a host of thrilling matches including the Raw episode of 26.08.13 that witnessed another end to end match between the WWE champion Randy Orton and Christian in a continuing rivalry that always delivers. But during the era of Christian Cage in TNA, it was ridiculous to put AJ Styles as one of his stooges. The character AJ Styles portrayed was of someone who was not very smart and this was combined with his ‘redneck like’ accent that is an unfair stereotype associated with negative attributes. It’s as if TNA wanted to exploit his frailties, which is bizarre considering that a wrestling company should be promoting the positive attributes, like how the WWE always does. AJ Styles was part of a stable with Christian being its leader. Instead of being a rival to Christian, he was suppressed in order to benefit Christian. It was no fault of Christian, but management wanted to capitalize on the presence of a fairly successful ex WWE star at the time, giving him the utmost of benefits rather than an equal playing ground. The adopted tactic should of been, for all of those new comers, to earn your spot in the company amongst the established rather than being handed a spot based on name recognition alone. This certainly doesn’t correlate with the initial intentions of TNA of rebranding wrestling, thus the accomplishments in other wrestling companies should of been deemed irrelevant. For those curious, this was before Hulk Hogan, so there were problems with management prior. The reason why I bring this up, is

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

AJ Styles at Wembley Stadium, London, England on the 30/01/10 Picture taken by myself

because this plays a significant role in AJ Styles’ supposed shoot. He talks about how he is constantly overlooked by TNA management for other people but is then constantly asked to bail out Dixie Carter with his dazzling wrestling matches. Every time he’s asked to wrestle, as he states, he steals the show. This was no doubt a fact and was very appealing to hear. AJ Styles’ contract is expiring and he had to get a contract extension up until Bound For Glory 2013 for the time being.

Recently, we’ve seen AJ Styles once again command the attention of the fans with AJ Styles, not the inquired Austin Aries, stepping up to the plate in replacing Kurt Angle for the Main Event Mafia. He wasn’t even asked due to his character of being the only one that matters in a compelling storyline. How he entered with everyone focusing on him, with his intriguing new entrance theme before his original music hit, as if being metaphoric for the rebirth of The Phenomenal One. He more than replaced Kurt Angle and gave a performance that would of surpassed TNA management’s perceived ‘greatest wrestler ever’. In addition, AJ Styles won the pinfall that removed D-Von from TNA, an important member of Aces & Eights. It was so appropriate that if anyone would be the one to take out an Aces & Eights member, it would be the guy that was the original self made main appeal for TNA. For the short term perspective, AJ Styles saying how he continually bails out Dixie Carter and TNA reflects on how he was successful in replacing Kurt Angle with the rebirth of The Phenomenal One. But as I’ve described, there’s a greater emphasis to the statement. AJ Styles’ stock plummets in comparison to Kurt Angle, while both are tremendous stars who showed it when they even teamed up together during last year. But like Dixie’s and TNA’s choices for the Hall of Fame, events have been based not only on factors to do with TNA but unjustly on events outside of TNA, as discussed in a previous article. You hear Mike Tenay mention the accolades of ex WWE stars in the WWE whilst you would never hear the outspoken and amazing JBL do that for the likes of Christian. World championships in WWE are only recognized.

With all of this spoken, the question is, why now? TNA has had years to help address the weaknesses of AJ Styles. Hulk Hogan can’t be held accountable as the main reason; however, Hulk has been in TNA for a while when AJ Styles was still ignored, so he is responsible in neglecting AJ Styles as well. As the wrestling world knows, AJ Styles’ current contract is running out. In fact, he managed to recently negotiate an extension, as mentioned before, until Bound For Glory 2013. Is it that TNA are now realizing what they possess? Are they now succumbing to the pressure of losing AJ Styles by trying to not only give AJ Styles a push, but to cement him there in his re-invented character? This is a good opportunity for AJ Styles to take advantage of the situation. AJ Styles has been able to get a lot of focus since returning to TNA with a new attitude. He was able to promote this new character by boasting how he’s implemented the aggressive attitude with a newly acquired submission move. No doubt a positive improvement is AJ Styles acting ability beyond his wrestling. As if he’s finally answering the critics who doubted his acting. This limelight no doubt is allowing AJ Styles to enhance himself as an essential asset to wrestling. It feels reminiscence of Jeff Hardy’s contract negotiations when

AJ Styles' Phenomenal Explosion

AJ Styles’ Phenomenal Explosion

TNA paved the pathway for Jeff Hardy as a way of enticing him to a new contract and away from WWE. That certainly helped him win last year’s Bound For Glory series and the title off of Austin Aries, who was causing shockwaves in TNA. He even temporarily surpassed my favourite CM Punk, who was singing praises for John Cena, causing WWE to make him regain his throne as the internet fan’s hero with his actions against the megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In 2013, we have AJ Styles, who for years has been contemplating how he would do in WWE. The following is an extract from my previous article, regarding this scenario. “Recently, AJ Styles asked the wrestling world, on his facebook, what he should do for his future? Whether he should stick with TNA, or go to WWE or ROH? As strange as it may seem, I think he should go to WWE. Thanks to CM Punk, the smaller guys have a greater opportunity to bask in the spotlight. AJ Styles always spoke dearly of how he was unable to capitalize in his spells in WCW and WWE. AJ Styles is a great performer and, at his best, is untouchable. His acting skills have vastly improved and the WWE staff will help him to enhance his skills in that department. This advice is not just for AJ Styles. TNA, who again is undergoing financial constraints, could benefit in many ways. AJ Styles has been underused for years, and they’ve pushed many other talents instead. It will hurt TNA to lose him of course, but not catastrophically. TNA still possess gifted performers like Kenny King and Austin Aries, along with big names like Kurt Angle, Sting and Jeff Hardy. Indirectly, this is a good solution to tackle the ratings department. Before CM Punk and Daniel Bryan made a name for themselves, ROH and independent wrestling shows weren’t remotely as popular. As soon as these guys did well, everyone started to ponder on dream matches that have already happened like AJ Styles, CM Punk, Austin Aries and Bryan Danielson. Having AJ Styles in the WWE would help TNA, but this depends on AJ Styles’ intentions. We have seen how TNA stars have failed in WWE like Chris Harris and Monty Brown. Two big stars that could of done well in WWE, but were victims of a time when not every star had the chance. TNA needs to be able to understand this, as they are also upset with Hulk Hogan for not promoting TNA during his recent arm wrestling parody in Canada. They need to comprehend that, anything he does, will indirectly be linked with TNA.”

The quote I want to focus on, is “I’m better than the best in the world, I’m The Phenomenal One”. It has become a recurring theme for wrestlers of TNA to try to challenge the notion of who’s the elite superstar of wrestling today. Co-incidentally, it’s a common trend since Shawn Michaels retired. We’ve heard the crowned champion at his opening speech state “I’ve been congratulated by other ‘Champions’ but I’m the real champion”, with Austin Aries adopted notion ‘the Greatest Man that ever Lived” being promoted by TNA freely. That wasn’t the case in Austin Aries’ first spell in TNA. Has CM Punk ever made any reference to Austin Aries? Thought not… We’ve seen Jeff Hardy gloat being ‘The Best on Planet Earth’ which lead to many speculating that Jeff Hardy is hyping up a possible rekindling of a truly remarkable rivalry, of course pre 2011 where most of CM Punk’s fans have arrived, although we know that was a tactic by Jeff Hardy to manipulate TNA to get a better new contract. Then there’s Kurt Angle, who has been the one to confront the arrivals of the MMA established stars of Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz with his declaration: “I’m the Greatest wrestler alive today”. This surely puts down the credibility of the World

@HeymanHustle tweeted this picture of the events at Raw on the 26.08.13. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman getting the better of CM Punk in this compelling storyline

@HeymanHustle tweeted this picture of the events at Raw on the 26.08.13. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman getting the better of CM Punk in this compelling storyline

Championship, something CM Punk did the opposite of. Kurt Angle has no objectives for the World Championship in the near future, not being involved in the Bound For Glory series. The fact that Punk has developed into a target is the greatest example of what he’s achieved in becoming WWE’s equal to John Cena. Something that neither Kurt Angle or Jeff Hardy have been able to do, with Batista being the headliner before Kurt Angle left.

Back to the relevance between AJ Styles saying this quote. For those who don’t know, CM Punk and AJ Styles have a history together. Both were together in ROH and TNA. At the time, AJ Styles was the leader of stars jumping ship from ROH to TNA. During this period, the TNA wrestlers had the freedom of competing in ROH as well as TNA. A healthy relationship to promote both companies. AJ Styles was the stand out from these guys and was regarded as the leader for these men. Due to injuries being sustained, TNA terminated this partnership which irritated CM Punk, who didn’t like how the company was being run. AJ Styles, being a major player in TNA, chose not to make a case for TNA to revert their relationship with a company that had supplied them with a host of wrestlers like Christopher Daniels. A tough dilemma as the TNA roster were affected by injuries when the performers were in another show, but let’s face it, injuries are always possible in the world of professional wrestling. It comes with the terrotory. This prompted CM Punk to stick to his principals, and took a backward step by committing to ROH. He wasn’t used correctly in TNA, in his assumptions, believing he’s capable of more. Contrary to his break out in the summer of 2011, CM Punk has always been very confident of his ability. Raven, one of his mentors who he enjoyed a strong rivalry with, pointed this out in an interview last year. He virtually said, CM Punk has always been a strong believer of what he’s capable of. The difference is, he wasn’t back then, but now he is the best thing out there and I’m glad for him. He’s the best thing to watch. It has to be noted that, both were identical prior to CM Punk’s breakout summer of 2011. Both were major players in the indie scene but weren’t able to be recognized by creative management for their qualities, even though both created group factions that had the fans admiring them. So who better than Raven to sum up CM Punk?
CM Punk is a man who has always stuck by his principals. He always used to gloat being “The Best In The World”. He always promoted a Straight Edge lifestyle, something that took the McMahon’s a long time to comprehend as something positive to promote in a world where there’s substance abusers. He just wasn’t getting the coverage he needed.

CM Punk vs AJ Styles

CM Punk vs AJ Styles

If you read the ‘additional information’ portion of a previous article, I describe how the current Daniel Bryan storyline has everything to do with CM Punk. CM Punk used to encounter AJ Styles in tremendous wrestling matches. Despite CM Punk wrestling very well, AJ Styles was arguably the better performer. AJ Styles was a standout for a reason. But like I’ve mentioned before, he was unable to be utilized correctly. His mic skills has never been his strongest attribute, leading to limitations in his position with TNA. On the other side, CM Punk has always been great on the mic. I remember his last night in ROH with Mick Foley was intense (ROH Youtube 55299:3??). Kind of the basis of Mick Foley’s involvement with CM Punk last year, leading to his feud with Ryback. CM Punk was able to use his attributes and with the Money in the Bank 2011 aftermath, it was similar to how he ended his last pay per view at ROH, winning the world championship. It’s as if there is

CM Punk sticking with his principals, always admiring Macho Man, and with his position in WWE, is able to broadcast his admiration for Macho Man Randy Savage

CM Punk sticking with his principals, always admiring Macho Man, and with his position in WWE, is able to broadcast his admiration for Macho Man Randy Savage

some hostility amongst AJ Styles and CM Punk. One stuck with his principals with AJ Styles not doing so, sticking with TNA, to mhe was finally able to express how he’s been disregarded. Fast forward to the modern day, and it’s CM Punk as the leading figure out of these ex ROH wrestlers. He was able to improve his wrestling skills, having matches with Daniel Bryan, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, etc. I am a huge CM Punk fan, but I’m not blinded to deny that AJ Styles is the better in-ring wrestler. But CM Punk is better as he’s mastered what so few have. Wrestling is an entertainment show. Its about how you can make a match memorable. Why is HBK regarded as the best ever instead of other high flying stars? It’s because they were able to physically tell a story combined with their athleticism. It’s like what we appreciated when we were younger. Hulk Hogan being beaten up, but then Hulking up to regain energy and overcoming the seemingly dominant opponent. A few shows per month make it good. But wrestling has evolved to being reliant on the wrestling ability of performing tremendous maneuvers as well as documenting a story. A wrestling match requires the competitors to work together, to help each other stand out. This was perfected by Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Nowadays, the closest we have isn’t AJ Styles but CM Punk. He is able to sell his opponent, always adjusting the speed of the match according to the opponent. For any opponent, the storyline is able to be foretold in a match with CM Punk constantly illustrating the impacts and effects from his opponents, whether it be Del Rio’s strategic focus on his opponent’s arm or to be dominated by “The Beast” Brock Lesnar’s physical supremacy and speed. This variation of being able to highlight the opponent helps the match, with CM Punk’s timing and ring awareness. CM Punk is also able to wrestle in a style to accommodate his character. He is able to relate to the crowd very well, timing the ideal facial emotions for the moment, like when he attacked Randy Orton with the aid of a ladder at the top turn buckle (smiling) or when he roundhouse kicked Curtis Axel and turned towards Paul Heyman with a smile, before booting him on the Raw of 26.08.13. AJ Styles can sell a move very well but he’s unable to adjust or able to relate to the story and/ or character to the highest of level. He did it to an extent on his final battle with Christopher Daniels last year, when he was indecisive, but not to the greatest of heights. If we were to judge which matches were the best this year, it will be CM Punk vs The Undertaker, then CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar. I was at MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania 29 and that match was awesome. At the Wrestlemania Axxess events, Y2J pointed out what many forgot, that CM Punk had fought The Undertaker before in another intriguing match: Hell In A Cell 2009. This included the memorable time when CM Punk stood over Jeff Hardy, with the lights going out, and The Undertaker being underneath him instead. This was the beginning of the build up to a rivalry that had a really good match.

Possible Wrestlemania 30 Main Event

Possible Wrestlemania 30 Main Event

CM Punk has been able to wrestle well but is just receiving the plaudits that he deserves. All of this highlights that CM Punk is overall the superior commodity. There’s a reason why the wrestler who has statistically sold the most merchandises, being the 3rd most t-shirt of all time, ‘Austin 3:16′ thus arguably the Biggest wrestler of all time, has said if he was to return to wrestling, it would be against CM Punk. Wrestlemania 30 here we come!!

But nevertheless, everyone has different views and that quote by AJ Styles has helped to rekindle some animosity between the two. This could be a tactic to indoctrinate TNA management into a perception that he already has a rival in WWE that could be used in WWE making him a more essential asset that needs to be maintained for more money. Can’t blame him for that. But with AJ Styles asking on Facebook whether he should go to WWE, ROH or stay at TNA does make you ponder. AJ Styles, as I’ve said, has a good opportunity of being a success in WWE. This rivalry between AJ Styles and CM Punk could be used for their benefit. They both don’t share a strong friendship, although there’s respect between them. Perhaps a reason why Samoa Joe and CM Punk were close friends, and still are. Samoa Joe was the man of wrestling back in 2006 as described in a previous article. He was miles ahead of CM Punk, who was in the developmental system and monitored by Paul Heyman. Gosh how things change. That’s not to put down Samoa Joe whose a vicious wrestler with shockingly tremendous athleticism for a man his size.

It’s really unfortunate that creative management has once again mainly focused on an alternative superstar, Bully Ray, as he is champion. This limited the emphasis on AJ Styles’ supposed shoot. AJ Styles indeed caused a phenomenal explosion, but the after effects doesn’t resemble the catastrophe of the infamous pipe bomb.

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  • Jaspreet kaur

    AJ Styles is Phenomenal, CM Punk is tremendous, Kurt Angle is bold and violent. Yet Jeff Hardy is the creature of the night. He beats them all.

    How the Phenomenal One returned against the Aces & Eights gave me goosebumps. He is MR TNA and will always be MR TNA. Jeff Hardy is better, and he would of beaten Aces & Eights in one minute. He needs his title back that they stole.

    CM Punk and AJ Styles fought? I never knew that

    • Dependant

      If you live in a world where you think Jeff Hardy is a better in ring worker than CM Punk, Angle and Styles then you need to watch some more wrestling from the past. CM Punk fought styles and samoa joe in ring of honor years before they got big so i suggest you go watch some old matches and find out what "Real" wrestling is. Not some Jeff Hardy crap.

      • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

        Hey guys, thanks for reading the article

        -Jaspreet: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I would doubt that Jeff Hardy would of dispense of the Aces & Eights that easily. I understand your point of view regarding him, being a popular wrestler with the wrestling world.
        CM Punk, AJ Styles have a rich history outside of the supposed wrestling elite companies. You should check them out. Why is Jeff Hardy a stand out compared to them?

        -Dependant: Not sure if I can follow up what youve said, as youve said things I strongly agree with, hence the content of the article. Was there a particular rivalry you enjoyed in ROH out of the wrestlers like AJ Styles, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe? Which one stood out for you? Its always intriguing to hear the views of people

        • Dependant

          I enjoyed CM Punk vs Samoa Joe in ROH, since it was a time where you didn't see a lot of five moves of death used by most wrestlers today, unless you watch a X division match. The only thing I feel is unique about TNA and what was always unique was their X Division. Since they went away from that their ratings have went down from the 1.3's they would get before Hulk Hogan. TNA's X cup was one of the best in ring sets of matches I've ever seen in TNA.

          • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

            Hey Dependant, again I completely agree with you.They were end to end. Samoa Joe was so impressive that he caused a storm in tna. He was the most deadly wrestler because of his invlvement in the X Division. The wrestling division, as you rightly say, was so vital to TNA. It was emphasising onthe cruiserweight division that was taken from WWE. Rightly so, one of the most emphatic rivalries and matches involved Samoa Joe, AJ styles and Christopher Daniels. When Samoa Joe was wearing the towel with Christopher Daniel's blood. That was extreme. Just another example to the TNA's X Cup with other divisions like AAA. A lot of great moments from the X Division.
            They wanted to emulate other companies rather than continuing with their original phrase "rebrnding wrestling" and started to priotise the world hevyweight title unfortunately. Hulk Hogan wasn't the biggest fan, but the thing is, the X Division, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and etc were mistreated before Hulk Hogan arrived. TNA are just blaming him to avoid the realisation that they need to look at the mirror and reassess the problems and tackle them.
            As you've said, TNA were easily gettomg high ratings, chaallenging Smackdown. Samoa Joe was the most intriguing wrestler for the non casual fans.
            Ive described these things in a previous article, 'Hardcore Wrestling fans – Extinction Looms'. I feel that you would like the article as it talks about these things

          • Dependant

            I agree with what you said regarding the X division being mistreated because they still are. TNA has no idea what to do with a lot of their X talents and they need to stop bringing back X stars for destination x and not signing them while they're spending their money on Hogan. My question to you is why doesn't TNA have the money to sign some of these guys to a contract. If I'm not mistaken Dixie carters is from a wealthy family because of her dad owning Panda Energy which is pretty much worth 10 times more than the WWE? Since you said that HH wasn't exactly the reason of the X division being misused, I was wondering if he really was the reason that the 6 sided ring is gone?

  • wrestlingscoops2323

    AJ Styles promo was ok but the crowd riuned his promo big time and they turned on him

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Wreslingscoops2323, thank you for reading the article. The fans booing him as you said, and also using the Daniel Bryab "yes" quote did hamper the effects of the supposed shoot. Even during his match with Bobby Roode, there were alot of fans chanting for Roode. Perhaps over the years, AJ Styles has got a reputation like John Cena and Randy Orton, being company men, which is perhaps not as appealing to 'hardcore' fans. An interesting perspective. Nevertheless, he still has a strong fanbase amongst the casual and hardcore fans

  • wrestlingscoops2323

    daniel bryan is the best wrestler in the world today period

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Wreslingscoops2323, thank you for reading the article. The beauty of wrestling is there are so many varying opinions which everyone is entitled to. Daniel Bryan is without any doubt one of the top performers out there. I would even be inclined to say that as an in-ring performer, he could be athletically better than CM Punk, as is AJ Styles. But like as the article describes, CM Punk has perfected the art of how a match can be showed. The story of a match to replicate the pre match build up. Daniel Bryan whose always been talented, has been given the freedom, during his 'weak link' issues, to be more explosive. Its really good and has got him the plaudits that CM Punk was praising him for during his World Heavyweight Championship reign.
      The problem is, theres no rhythm, and he comes out in rapid bursts. This could limit his appeal. His match with Antonio Cessaro on Raw a month ago, was great. The maority will give Daniel the plaudits, however the wrestler who stood out there was Cessaro with the vaiety of ways of doing the uppercut along with great strengh, even though Daniel Bryan had moments of awesome stuff. This can work with some people only, not with everyone.
      Maybe im being very critical, but the match at Summerslam 2013, failed to hit the expectations you expect from 'the wrestler' vs 'the entertainer'. It was something that CM Punk has been able to do with John but Daniel was unable to do so. Perhaps Cena's injury limited it. Yet it was evident that when Daniel Bryan is around someone who needs his opponent to take the majority of the burden of displaying the athletism, its alot more difficult. Also that night, Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk stole the show. Brock hadnt had a match like that when someone could work with him that well.

      For these reasons, I disagree that Daniel Bryan is overall the best, and I havent even spoke about the mic skills, even though Daniel is decent. Im sure you have reasons to support your view, and I will be happy if you would like to mention them

  • Ryan b

    This is making me anxious for tonight’s Impact. If Steve Austin does not wrestle at Wrestlemania 30, AJ Styles vs CM Punk would be incredible. Sources have said that WWE are not interested in AJ Styles

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey rYAN b, thank you for reading the article. My regular pundit. It would be very good to see that, but I am hoping to see CM Punk vs Steve Austin due to their years of rofessional animosity. The straight edge vs the dominant beer drinker. Crowd favourite vs Crowd favourite. They are both very good entertainers on building up storylines, and Steve Austin has a mach left in him. He looks physically fit in his movies too. He had surgery last year, to help recuperate.
      I've read them rumours too about AJ Styles. His age is a factor, but WWE are saying this, as a contract negotiation tactic. If you show you are desperate, then you will have to pay more money. As Ive said in the gut check article, Triple H has said they dont want anyone, because they have the developmental system to have their own stars. But AJ Styles is too big of a star to ignore. He will bring alot to WWE if he wanted to, no doubt.
      What is your opinion regarding AJ Styles? TNA or no TNA ? How do you feel about his shoot? Do you think it was a shoot?

  • http://luchalibre.webs.com/ Luchador

    Started reading but then I saw alot of WWE writing than TNA and AJ so I stopped

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Luchador, thank you for reading the article. Even some. I can understand your frustration, being a TNANEWS website. However, I will like to point out the reasons why I disagree with your statement. Christian is a wrestler who was with AJ Styles in a faction. AJ Styles was part of his group, with Christian as the leader. Why do you think that was? Because Christian was the standout of the X Division? Or was it because he was an ex WWE superstar? Since the WWE factor is important, you then have to assess how successful he was/has been there to see if he was worthy of being a top star of TNA. I did this relatively quickly, speaking about his most recent moments, rather than his tag team career which is what he's most famous for.
      Ok so that point was proven.
      Next, what do you think his quote "Im better than the Best In The World? I'm the Phenomenal One?" Was it about Bully Ray the Champion? Was it about Brett Hart? Or was it about CM Punk? Ok so to talk about CM Punk does rely WWE information. However as Ive stated in the article, AJ Styles and CM Punk have history together. This was reviewed, mentioning their time in TNA and ROH. AJ Styles was the bigger star out of the two when they were together. With the speech being about how AJ Styles has been misused over the years AKA the period when he hasn't been with CM Punk, since AJ Styles made a reference to CM Punk (or perhaps you believe he did so to Chris Jericho, I don't know), their career paths would be compared. Analysing whose the better man.

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I would be glad to read your views if you would like to further clarify your point of view

      • http://luchalibre.webs.com/ Luchador

        Its not that I disagree or don't like anything about the article its just me that its not interested on WWE, I also don't hate WWE. In the early 70s I use to watch Titanes En El Ring that was a wrestling promotion in Argentina ( http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanes_en_el_ring ) ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEZtonATr8Q ) which had all does colorful wrestling characters that WWF had in the 80s maybe Vince copied their ideas which I believe he did, anyways moving forward after the years it got bored for me and I found out about WCW and loved it, after they sold WCW no more wrestling until I found out about TNA and started watching again. Once in a while I watch WWE to see whats going on but like I said I just don't like it from AJ Lee skipping around and wrestlers dancing around seems that nothings changed. By the way tonights TNA was awsome hopefully AJ will stay in TNA

        • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

          Hey Luchador, I do apologise if I seemed rude. This is a very goo point, over the years, Vince McMahon jr has been known for stealing wrestling ideas. There was a joke that whenever a new innovative move was done on ECW, then Raw will steal it the next week. Another example, to do with this article, is Michelle McCool using AJ Syles' special as her own.
          May I ask what was better about WCW over WWF? or TNA better than WWE? Could it be that the weekly shows, ensure that the best possible matches happen while WWE makes sure that these events happen in pay per views? I do understand if that is te case, but could be other reasons.
          I thank you for the Titanes En El Ring wrestling information. It always fascinates me how wrestling is perhaps the only sport that is loved everywhere in the world as a mainstreem sport. I may be able to further enhance on this perspective with an articl. I have done some regarding British Wrestling, but this sounds intriguing. Along with other countries like India, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and etc. Every country has a diffeent culture, and people develop different ways of living, which effects their perspectives on wrestling. Its why some love 'soccer' (i do lol), some don't. So theres always something in wrestling that interests people. So its great to talk about this, thank you. Thats why Ive asked you the questions in each comment

  • Jaspreet kaur

    Dependant Dependant Dependant. Independant Independant Independant. Jeff Hardy was having table ladder chair matches with edge & christian, and the dudley boyz over a decade ago. At the same time, cm punk samoa joe and aj styles were in the low leagues, so what is your Dependant ?

    I do appreciate what is being said in the article. CM Punk and AJ Styles are better than I thought. Then I wonder why does Christian and Jeff Hardy get more respect in TNA? The Table Ladder Chair match was the best of Wrestlemania. Christian Cage had the best music entrance ever. He was so good, this is why he returned to TNA when with WWE too dude. Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy used the history for the title match they had. Jeff Hardy is the best.

    SEAN! Jeff Hardy sells the most merchandise. In his matches with AJ and CM, the fans liked Jeff a greater deal. Jeff Hardy was screwed by CM and he gave CM a name in wrestling, check his youtube video saying that in a cafë. Jeff Hardy was better fighting AJ at the Bound For Glory dream match and the ladder match

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Theres no denial that TLC was great. But theres not much more variety for these wrestlers of being the focus, than being dare devils. This is why, I put Christian above Jeff Hardy. CM Punk can deliver a great match with anyone. AJ Styles outclasses his opponents, thats the difference between them, and their difference between many others, is they get more fans happy over a longer period. Wrestling die hard fans anyways.
      Jeff Hardy was very high on drugs when he put down CM Punk in the Matt Hardy YouTube video you talk about. CM Punk was brilliant before that. It tkes 2 to have a great rivalry, and thats why it was great. AJ Styles outdid Jeff that night too. Both did relatively well, but had some rust, like it took AJ abit longer to go along with Jeff's 3 hit combo, like when he sweeps the leg, leg drop on the midsection and then drop kick to the face.
      Its all politics and the entertainment side that makes others stand out

  • Taz

    Overall a pretty good read.

    You may have gone on a bit too long at the start about the rest of impact and it did start to drag on a bit! lol

    Having said that it is always good to read about my favourite wrestler "The Phenomenal One" AJ Styles! :D Stop talking about him moving to WWE though or I will chase you down the street!

    He made TNA as special as it is now…he is similar to randy orton, HBK, triple h or cm punk in that even when they decide to take a turn to the evil side for a while, they still stay incredibly popular…AJ is that one sole person that has done that for TNA…what a legend!!

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Taz my man, thanks for reading the article. I wish it was the human suplex machine Tazz but you will do haha. AJ Styles is a phenomenal wrestler, and I guess your threat is a valid reason for me to think twice about him moving. What is always fantastic to see in any sport, is loyalty of an athlete to one particular franchise throughout their career. We are football (soccer) fans, so a good example could include Ryan Giggs of Man Utd. But unlike Man Utd, TNA have misused their star asset and are not in the best finantial position to give AJ Styles a healthy annual wage that could last him well after he starts to decline. He is still an impressive wrestler and is in a position where he needs to contemplate, what is the best for him.

      He is largely responsible for building TNA from the ground up. If he would go to WWE, theres no guarantee that he could emulate the respect, but theres a chance he could, like how the fans forced Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and RVD to rise to the top. He could take on the challenge he has always wanted. This year he has proved he can act sufficiently well, and he can be guided more by the WWE developmental system, who work on acting. Look at alot of the new stars, they can talk very well on the mic. Reigns and Rollins improved dramatically during their first month in the Shield, to catch up with Ambrose who used to do most of the talking.

      Tough dilemma. As HHH would say "what's best for business", what would you say is 'best' for AJ? TNA? Finantially stricken, but are now willing to help reinvorgate him which seems the case. Im happy for him. The easier choice is to stick with TNA who will give him the focus he wants now. But for how long? They did it for Jeff Hardy and now he is behind Bully Ray as the centre of attention. TNA truly is a company where the world champion is the face of the company unlike WWE haha

  • Saeed

    I think tna made huge mistake. When Aj style didn’t get a title shot for one year that just pure stupidy

    Aj style could of been bigger he has awesome mic skills

    Tan misused him

    That’s why now tna giving there ppv event for free on spike tv

    It’s like saying

    No one will pay for it

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Saeed, aka the guy who is a regular in wrestling debates. I am happy that you've commented, finally.
      I understand your view on AJ Styles being harshly treated. It was symbolic of how he has been overlooked constantly. However, I liked it at the moment, because of the way Hulk Hogan made the clause "No title shot till Bound For Glory" which virtually guaranteed they will have a significant chance of competing in the biggest pay per view.

      As you've said, the other ppv are not the biggest during the year, so AJ Styles had nothing to gain unless it was at a bigger event. So it helps to give him a build up which he has had. He needed this and it has re-invented himself.

      He has not had good mic skills for years, or was not given the freedom of proving that he has good mic skills. He had the chance to prove himself now. You would like my description anbout his mic skills, near the 'Christian Cage, AJ Styles and Tyson Tomko picture'.

      What do you think has effected AJ Styles? What do you think needs to be done? Should he stay in TNA? Should he go to WWE?

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