WWE Champion AJ Styles has been on an incredible run so far. In just over two and a half years in WWE, Styles has been a 2-time WWE Champion and a 1-time WWE United States Champion.
Recently, Styles went past the 300-day mark with his current WWE Title reign and also cemented himself as the longest reigning SmackDown Champion.
The Phenomenal One has been wrestling as “AJ Styles” for nearly two decades and has won championships worldwide under that ring name. From headlining numerous pay-per-view events internationally, AJ has long been regarded as one of the world’s best professional wrestlers of all time.
It is to be noted that a major part of the younger generation consider Styles to be professional wrestling’s all-time best.
In an interview with ESPN , AJ Styles, real name Allen Neal Jones revealed how WWE had almost changed his ring name after his signing.
“When Triple H and I were talking, he said, ‘I don’t know if we’ll be able to keep your name.’ I said, ‘That’s fine, I’ll be any name you want me to be called, except I do have this huge AJ tattoo on my side so that might be a problem.’”
“I think it worked out for the best because we weren’t taken and being changed into something else. We were the same characters that they saw from different companies and that they were familiar with and people were already invested in. I think that was a good move by WWE.”
Styles is currently feuding with long-time arch rival Samoa Joe, a rivalry that pro-wrestling fans have witnessed across various global promotions for over a decade.
Both men kickstarted their singles rivalry at Ring of Honor in 2003 and have carried it over the years through Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, International Wrestling Cartel, National Wrestling Alliance, Wrestle Birmingham, One Pro Wrestling, Northeast Wrestling, World Wide Wrestling Alliance, Prairie Wrestling Alliance and Impact Wrestling/TNA.
The Phenomenal One and The Destroyer will clash this Sunday at Hell In A Cell with the WWE Championship on the line.