AJ Styles made his debut almost three years ago as part of the 2016 Royal Rumble. Styles was a shock addition to the match but was unable to pick up the much-needed win that would have allowed him to main event WrestleMania. Despite this, he went on to become the face of SmackDown Live following the brand split later that year
Styles has since become one of the most popular stars on the roster and was even allowed to hold the WWE Championship for more than a year throughout 2017 and 2018.
Styles lost the Championship to Daniel Bryan in the buildup to Survivor Series last month, which was at the height of speculation that Styles would not be signing a new deal with WWE, since his contract was known to expire in April 2019.
Despite ending this week’s episode of SmackDown Live on top after assaulting Vince McMahon, AJ Styles revealed in a recent interview with WrestleZone that he doesn’t feel like a WWE Superstar yet.
“I feel like there’s one more level that I need to reach before I really feel like this ‘WWE Superstar’ and that’s really made a difference in this business. I’m not sure how I’m going to get there, but I’m going to continue to work hard and see what happens next.”
Styles looks to be stepping to a new level in WWE after his confrontation with The Chairman, since not many stars are given the chance to work alongside Vince McMahon in a physical way.
Kevin Owens was the last person who was given the chance to work with McMahon, before he was pushed to the top of SmackDown Live a few years ago.