The Phenomenal One.
Or, you may simply know him as AJ Styles. By any other name, his reputation proceeds him. As he made his debut at the WWE Royal Rumble (to a huge pop, no less), one may question if this is the end of Styles’ career? Will he be used correctly? The dreaded “Midcard Mediocrity”? What about the “Styles Clash”? These questions, while up for debate – can be simply broken down as an analysis of the man himself. With that, we must go to the beginning.
Styles debuted in professional wrestling in 1998 for Georgia’s National Championship Wrestling. By the time 2001 rolled around, he was a part of several companies such as X Wrestling Federation, the now-defunct Word Wrestling All-Stars, ECWA, Game Changer Wrestling, amongst many others. This would be the beginning of Styles and paying his dues.
Funny Note: He was a part of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2001 before they were bought out by WWF/E.