How AJ Styles Changed WWE’s Perception Of Him

While AJ Styles is among WWE’s top stars now, management originally saw him as a WWE Superstars-level wrestler who could potentially be slotted in a midcard role.

Dave Meltzer says in this week issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that when TNA wanted to cut his salary significantly and he was looking to get out two years ago, WWE made him “a joke of an offer.” He ended up going to New Japan, which really helped his career. WWE’s perception on Styles changed after he drew a strong reaction at the Royal Rumble and even more so at house shows despite having little exposure on WWE television. Now he’s considered one of WWE’s top five regular stars.

Vince McMahon is very high on Styles. He was overheard saying at a recent WWE event that wished he would have signed him a decade ago.

  • Jarryd

    What exactly is a WWE Superstars level wrestler? You mean to say they saw him as a jobber to only have matches on that shitty Superstars show taped before RAW that no one watches and is the only place too see Jack Swagger compete? Yep, I call bullshit on that one.

    • ChrisUK92

      Bullshit? This is vince we’re talking about. I can believe this story 100. Aj is nothing like the guys Vince likes; he’s an actual wrestler

      • SmokinBowles

        I feel like Vince DOES appreciate his top guys to be excellent workers. The fact that basically every single one the guys and girls can go hard in the ring. All with few exceptions. At the same time, I think you’re right on the sense, he only really cares about that stuff if you you’re big.

    • SmokinBowles

      As much as I wanna think you’re right, (and you probably are) when it comes to Vince, it could be true.

  • RReigns16 #F*ckRomanReigns!!

    Shut up Vince.

    He’s here now and doing a decent job to be fair, especially against Cena.

    • cool story

      Oh hush you hater lmao

      • RReigns16 #F*ckRomanReigns!!

        Im not hating on Styles..

        • Darren Zancan

          #acuppahaters

          • RReigns16 #F*ckRomanReigns!!

            Me you’re referring to?

  • ATLANTIS

    Top 5 guys in the company:
    1. Cena
    2. Lesnar
    3. Reigns
    4. Styles
    5.Orton/Jericho/Miz/Ambrose/Owens/HHH/Taker/Rollins/ Wyatt?

    • Alex

      Top 5 guys in the company: (Full-time workers)
      1. Cena
      2. Reigns
      3. Rollins
      4. Styles
      5. Ambrose

      • ATLANTIS

        No Orton?

        • Alex

          Nah

    • why2jay

      So top 10 so yeah? ;)