As of right now, TNA is in a period of disarray. Wrestlers, including big time stars like Rob Van Dam and Mr Anderson, are going by the wayside, and plans of introducing Bellator’s MMA stars to the program backfired massively when Bellator took them off the show.
And now, more and more TNA wrestlers are being linked with a jump to the big dogs in the yard. Hulk Hogan is just one of many rumoured to be signing for the WWE in the near future. One in particular has been speculated about ever since details of his expiring contract broke on the internet…AJ Styles.
AJ Styles, as far as I’m concerned, is Mr. TNA. Since day one, he’s been with the company and his career has been like a massive yoyo. Constantly, AJ has been in and out of the main event picture at the company in the Asylum, the Impact Zone and during the Hogan era. But now, as he’s set to main event the biggest pay-per-view of the year for TNA, reports say AJ might not even be at TNA for much longer.
Now, you can hardly believe many wrestling rumours anymore, as last Thursday on Impact Wrestling demonstrated. While everyone believed that AJ had signed a new contract to keep him on TNA for a little while longer, AJ admitted to the world that he didn’t even have a contract at TNA as of now.
Of course, AJ may have been telling a porky just to hype up his current storyline with Dixie Carter, but we can’t jump to any conclusions as to whether he’s leaving TNA or if he’s WWE-bound, or if WWE even want him. But we can ask ourselves this…what if he did decide to join WWE?
What if Triple H said to himself, “Alright, let’s give AJ a call.”? Triple H has suddenly become one to take risks on wrestlers. While some of his risky signings have proved to be little good to WWE, like Kharma and Sin Cara, AJ could be a real game changer.
One thing I noticed on WWE programming, especially this Monday when the faces of the WWE faced The Shield in an 11 on 3 handicap match, is that WWE are really lacking in top faces at the moment. A lot of the faces at the moment have only just turned face in the last year or so, and they haven’t had enough time for the audience to appreciate their role as good guys.
Having AJ come in the WWE as a face would get him over much faster than if he debuted as a heel. AJ has the in-ring capabilities that will get fans’ jaws dropping with the high-risk action and a bundle of charisma. That and with the over-ness he’s already got with hardcore and Internet wrestling fans would make him one of the top superstars in a short amount of time.
But how would he debut in WWE if he were to join tomorrow? I mean, do they wait a couple of months, giving him hype promos before throwing him into the coliseum? Or does he come out as a big surprise at the end of RAW or something?
Think, the main storyline right now is the Corporation with Triple H and Randy Orton. Now, the likelihood of him joining that little Corporation would be quite low, so how about he joins without any affiliation? Right now, he’s a lone wolf in TNA, so why not do the same for him in WWE? Not with his “Dark AJ” gimmick, mind – I mean letting him be his phenomenal self. Have him come out, interrupting a Triple H promo saying something like this.
“You know, I’ve been watching the product as of late. I’ve been on the outside looking in, and there’s two groups in this game right now that disgust the hell out of me. There’s this new regime that’s nothing more than a rehash of the Corporation from the Attitude Era, and then there’s “superstars” in the back crying and complaining about being held back by the likes of the mighty Triple H. Well Hunter, I’m not one of those guys and I sure as hell will not be going to play the corporate janitor role again in another company.
What I’m here to do is to change in the game in WWE and I’m not going to do it by spouting out a couple of cute catchphrases or berate the company while sitting up on the ramp. I’m going to do it by being phenomenal. I don’t care if I’m going to start at the bottom and work my way to the top, I don’t care if I have to wrestle on Superstars each and every week.
I’m going to show everyone what being phenomenal is all about and that the only person you can trust in this industry is yourself. Because now I’m in the WWE, I plan on winning every title there is to win. I’ll beat every champion that’s put in front of me, and I’ll show that I don’t need the backing of a group to make it in the WWE. I’ll do it by being the best at this job.”
Now, I’m sure AJ would think of a better speech than the one I just mocked up, but it’s a good way to show AJ off as just doing his own thing and not siding with a team, not joining the locker room revolt or the regime.
He’s just going to show how good he is in the ring and soon enough WWE should have him win the Intercontinental Title. Someone like AJ would bring major prestige to that belt, and the Intercontinental title, as far as I’m concerned, is the ultimate ticket to success in the WWE. Randy Orton, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H. It’s happened to all of them and it’d happen to AJ.
I don’t know where AJ’s future lies right now, but if AJ did jump to the WWE, it would be a surreal moment. He’s been a part of TNA for over a decade and to see one of the guys that put the WWE’s top rivals on the map jump ship to the WWE would definitely “put butts in seats.”
Hey, and AJ’s got plenty of great opponents that he could be put up against – Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Chris Jericho and so on. AJ could be a huge star in WWE if Triple H realises that AJ is “right for business.”
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This article was first posted on September 30, 2013