Ahead of his WWE Championship Match against Jinder Mahal at Clash of Champions, AJ Styles continues to impress and is considered one of the top guys in the WWE.
The 40-year-old professional wrestler made his debut almost two years ago, at the 2016 Royal Rumble, and has been tremendous since then.
More specifically, he has claimed the United States Championship and the WWE Championship, respectively, having made plenty of excellent in-ring performances, like the one against Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania 33.
Fast forward to today, AJ Styles has become “SmackDown Live’s” top guy, not only because he is the current champion, but also because of his presence in the main event of almost every pay-per-view.
In addition, WWE chose the “Phenomenal One” to replace Bray Wyatt and face Finn Balor at WWE TLC a couple of months ago, even though Styles is not a member of the RAW roster, showing their faith in his talent and consistency.
Moreover, the company’s executives decided it would be “best for business” if Brock Lesnar faced the “Phenomenal One” at Survivor Series (instead of Jinder Mahal) and that’s why the latter lost the title during SmackDown’s UK Tour.
AJ Styles stole the show against the “Beast Incarnate”, coming very close to beat the Universal Champion and proving he is one of the best WWE Superstars.
That said, is it time for the WWE to make the 40-year-old wrestler the face of the company?
I think AJ Styles has done almost everything to become one of the top WWE superstars, both inside the ring and outside of it.
Given his 20-year career in professional wrestling, he is well-known among many WWE fans, while his in-ring performances have made him one of WWE Universe favourites, with the fans chanting his name.
In addition, AJ Styles has made decent promos and has been great at building up his matches, no matter if his opponent is John Cena, Mahal or Kevin Owens (just to name a few).
Furthermore, it seems the WWE has decided to maintain the “push” of AJ Styles, since, and according to rumours, the latter is expected to successfully defend his title at Clash of Champions and then go on to face another challenger (maybe Shinsuke Nakamura) at the 2018 Royal Rumble.
Certainly, his bout with Mahal will be a tremendous one, with the “Phenomenal One” being in the main event of most of “SmackDown Live’s” episodes and the company’s pay-per-views, too.
For the aforementioned reasons, I think AJ Styles should become the face of the WWE, while it would be great for the company if they had the 40-year-old champion competing against some of the RAW roster’s top guys, like Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman or Roman Reigns.
Such a situation would enable Styles to further solidify himself as “the Guy” in the WWE, as he would prove he could beat any opponent in the ring.
That said, we should now wait for the outcome of the WWE Championship Match at Clash of Champions in order to find out more regarding WWE’s plans for AJ Styles ahead of the Royal Rumble.