AJ Styles is about to become WWE Champion again (Opinion)

It may not seem like you read this in March 2020, but I’m certain of it – AJ Styles is being readied for another run with WWE’s top championship. The Phenomenal One is just about to head into WrestleMania to face the legendary Undertaker in what’s being mysteriously and ominously referred to as a Boneyard Match. While a headline-grabbing showdown with one of WWE’s greatest-ever names may indeed be a career highlight for Styles, you could also argue that it’s about as far from being a WWE Champion as you can be at the present time. But, in true WWE style, that’s pretty much exactly the reason I’m tipping the 42-year-old to capture the gold in the very near future – and there’s a clear precedent to back this up. In 2017, I was in attendance at the SmackDown broadcast from Manchester, England, when Styles stunned the world to become WWE Champion, pinning Jinder Mahal to snare the Championship, eliciting one of the most emotional crowd reactions I’ve seen in years. The turnout that night wasn’t huge – the arena itself may have been at half capacity – but it didn’t matter. On that night, it was the perfect blend of ingredients. Styles, the underdog, is adored by many European crowds and, with many feeling at the time that Mahal’s run with the title had run its course, those in Manchester were desperate for the North Carolina to get the victory, and he did. The success triggered a punk, phenomenal run as WWE Champion for Styles – one that lasted a full calendar year before he was defeated by the returning Daniel Bryan. It is established – or for some, to reestablish the fact that Styles was the best worker in the business. After all, you do not hold the company’s top championship for a year if you are not the best that is on offer. Before Manchester, however, the styles weren’t really up to much – and I mean that reference to the main event scene at least. He’d still be performing exceptionally well in the feuds with the likes of Randy Orton, Shane McMahon, and Baron Corbin, and held the United States Championship for a while. But, to many, Styles was muddling along in the mid-card, waiting for an opportunity to push for something better. So, here we are. A sense of familiarity, as if we’ve been here before. As of late, Styles has been active enough in the sense that he’s been regularly appearing on RAW, and a rivalry – albeit a brief one – with The Undertaker is not exactly to be sniffed at. But, really, what else? He has again had a fleeting run with the United States Championship, ending a reign by Rey Mysterio, and, at Survivor Series, was upset by Roderick Strong. Once more, AJ is doing a sterling job with a pretty limited lot. sportskeeda.com

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