A.J. Styles
Professional wrestler
A.J. Styles
Allen Neal Jones, better known by his ring name A.J. Styles is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He, James Storm and Jeff Jarrett are the only wrestlers to have worked continuously for the promotion since its first broadcast on June 19, 2002.
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Unpredictable Zayn-Rollins match buoys Raw heading into Royal Rumble - ESPN
Google News - about 1 month
Bleacher Report Unpredictable Zayn-Rollins match buoys Raw heading into Royal Rumble ESPN The match between Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins for Rollins' Royal Rumble spot buoyed an unpredictable and enjoyable go-home Raw heading into the Royal Rumble. WWE. Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. 10:54 AM ... (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)Wrestlezone AJ Styles and 5 WWE Royal Rumble Star-Making PerformancesFOXSports.com all 732 news articles »
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Shawn Michaels Delivered Some Sweet Chin Music While Promoting His New Movie
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Shawn Michaels recently popped up on WWE television again, but it wasn’t to announce he would be wrestling AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble. It was to … promote his new Christian comedy movie, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. Anyway, Michaels is still hard at work on promoting that movie, and last week, he was a special guest at Liberty University’s Convocation, which is touted as being “North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students.” He was there to talk about Gavin Stone as part of Liberty University’s big kickoff event for the new semester.
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WWE Royal Rumble 2017: Best Role For The Undertaker
Forbes - 3 months
The Undertaker was reportedly backstage at WWE Raw and SmackDown, and rumors have been surfacing that he will face WWE Champion AJ Styles at the 2017 Royal Rumble. But is there a better role for him on that show? House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks it down.
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WWE TLC 2016 Results: Buy Or Sell Featuring AJ Styles, The New Wyatt Family, And James Ellsworth
Forbes - 3 months
WWE TLC was a masterpiece of a show, capped off by an all-time classic main event. Given the little fanfare for a show that is occurring as The Royal Rumble looms, there was a lot to love, a lot to buy and a few items to sell.
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WWE Survivor Series Live Results And Reaction
Forbes - 3 months
WWE Survivor Series results and reaction for Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg and Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown, featuring Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho and more.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Rated-R Superstar Adam Copeland Gets G-Rated with "Bookaboo"
Huffington Post - 4 months
This wreaks of awesomeness. Amazon just launched a new "Original Kids" series last week called Bookaboo, and all signs point to it becoming the new Reading Rainbow. The series focuses on a rock-star puppy named Bookaboo. The drummer tours the world with his band, but can't play without a story a day read by a different celeb each time out. Paula Abdul, Emily Van Camp, and wrestler-turned-actor Adam Copeland (formerly Edge in the WWE) are among the talents who appear on respective episodes. We caught up with Copeland recently, and asked him to weigh in on the show, his acting career, and the state of professional wrestling. Read on! (Get it?) What was the initial attraction to Bookaboo? For me, this was a no brainer. It involves children, a rock n' roll drumming dog who needs a book read to him, and promotes parental reading and quality time with your children. Sold. It's been compared to Reading Rainbow. What were your go-to shows as a kid? I grew up in Southern ...
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WWE No Mercy 2016 Results: News And Notes Featuring Dolph Ziggler's Intercontinental Title Win
Forbes - 5 months
News and Notes from No Mercy, featuring analysis of John Cena vs. AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship
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Watch WWE Champion AJ Styles In His 2011 Country Music Video Debut
Yahoo News - 6 months
Back in the early 2010s, TNA Impact Wrestling thought it’d be great multimedia cross-promotion to put as many of its stars as possible into country music videos. Cowboy James Storm had ‘Longnecks & Rednecks’, Mickie James had a full-on country music career featuring videos starring Magnus, and so on. If you look hard enough, there was probably a Lady Antebellum video starring Garett Bischoff.
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WWE Backlash Buy Or Sell: AJ Styles Crowned WWE Champion, The Miz, Randy Orton, And More
Forbes - 6 months
WWE Backlash is in the books. House Money Studios buys or sells the PPV's biggest moments including AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship, Heath Slater earning a contract, The Miz's renaissance, and more.
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Preview for the January 23, 2014 episode of TNA Impact: Exodus, Chapter 2
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Is tonight Sting's last hurrah in the company he's been with for nearly as long as WCW? Will we see The American Wolves wrestle? How bad will the Velvet Sky in a Cage match be? Forgetting stealing it, can Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode save the show? Previously on Impact Wrestling The not-a-pay-per-view (PPV)-but-still-special-because-it's-live-and-not-in-Orlando edition of Genesis had wrestling fans buzzing a bit...so they opened the show with fifteen minutes of Magnus and Dixie Carter talking. The champ was okay, and might be just fine with a supported cast that had more Rockstar Spud and less Dixie. But that's not what he's got, and what we got out of this was an unbilled six-on-six inter-gender tag team match. Which was good because Samoa Joe got to kill a bunch of people. Then, X-Division champ Austin Aries and Chris Sabin had a contest to see who could say the most sexist and/or degrading thing about Velvet Sky to her face. I think Aries won, but whoever book ...
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 41
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Join in a discussion with your fellow internet fans about the past week in pro wrestling: who entertained us the most, and why! Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. The top ten from last week and the year-to-date are below. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - the January 13th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's Main Event, the Genesis edition of TNA Impact from January 16th, and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday, January 17th. Make YOUR mark, sma ...
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 24
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - WWE's Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV), the September 16th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from September 19th and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 20th. Make YOUR mark, smarks! __________________________ Does his return herald the second coming of the Attitude Era? Let's hope not. But you still got it, G! • The WWE champ is ...
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Preview for the August 22, 2013 episode of TNA Impact: The Over-the-Hill Gang
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Previously on Impact Wrestling Viewer discretion was advised, although unless you faint at the sight of spilled Appletini, I'm not sure what there was to be discerning about. Other than the usual TNA-ness of it all. The new alliance between Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian of Bad Influence paid immediate dividends, largely due to the aforementioned apple-flavored cocktail. Jeff Hardy was cheated out of 20 Bound for Glory (BFG) series points when Kaz hit him with the drink, then the Fallen Angel threw it on Magnus to allow Roode to put him through a table for 20 of his own. Kurt Angle was written off of Impact the right way, and Dixie Carter's announcement of that set-up the main throughline for the show - how will the Main Event Mafia (MEM) ever manage to fight off those scary Aces and Eights men without our Olympic hero? No one has been able to tell me what happened to Velvet Sky, but the Knockouts tornado tag became a three-way hardcore ...
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Preview for the August 1, 2013 episode of TNA Impact: #OffTheHook
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Previously on Impact Wrestling Kurt Angle and Sting of the Main Event Mafia (MEM) welcomed new TNA World champion Chris Sabin to the show. Sabin challenged the winner of the scheduled Ultimate X match for his old X Division belt to a "Champion vs. Champion" match on tonight's show. Former world titleholder (but still President of Aces and Eights) Bully Ray demanded that his belt be returned to him by the end of the night, or he'd take it out on TNA like real bikers do - with THE LAW! Each of the Ultimate X participants got a hype video, but in addition to being the only guy under contract, Manik's was just a little bit cooler. Guess who won? It was a well-worked, entertaining match that should have been the main event. Bound for Glory series action abounded as Christopher Daniels (21 points), Mr. Anderson (14 points) and AJ Styles (22 points) all won their matches. Mickie James retained her Knockouts title in a decent match with Gail Kim that wasn't quite as goo ...
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Precap to TNA "Genesis" TONIGHT (Jan. 13) featuring Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
Kim! ODB! Tessmacher! Mickie! Sky! Gauntlet Match! #1 Contender! Knockout Championship! Five lovely Knockouts will compete in a Gauntlet Match to earn the #1 Contendership to Tara's Knockout Championship. The odds on favorite to win would have been Mickie James, who returned to Impact Wrestling on Nov. 15. However, Velvet Sky made her return to the ring on Dec. 6 to the fan's great delight. With the Impact Zone in her corner, Sky seems to look like she will be raising the Knockout Championship above her head very shortly. It's a shame the Knockouts don't get enough screen time. Unlike the females in that other promotion, the Knockouts actually know how to wrestle, and can hold up a storyline on their own. These are actually very talented women, and their work should get more exposure. On the other hand, the only reason Sky probably most likely will take this whole thing is because she knows how to shake her cute ass as she enters the ring. It's a two steps forward, one ...
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Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling: Oct. 14 to Oct. 20
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Welcome back to the Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling. This week, we saw titles switch hands in both WWE and TNA. TNA held their biggest show of the year in Bound for Glory, while WWE delivered their usual weekly docket of programming en route to Hell in a Cell next weekend. Let's get right into the results for this week! WWE: Raw (Oct. 15) Big Show defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan. Alberto Del Rio defeated Brodus Clay. The Prime Time Players defeated Team CoBro. Ryback defeated the team of David Otunga and Dolph Ziggler. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Justin Gabriel in non-title action. WWE Tag Team Champion Kane defeated Matt Striker. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defeated Wade Barrett in non-title action. WWE Divas Champion Eve defeated Layla to retain her title. Rhodes Scholars defeated Primo & Epico. Kofi Kingston defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz in non-title action. Be sure to read ...
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TNA Impact results and reactions from last night (Aug. 23): He's back, brothers!
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The latest live episode of TNA Impact aired last night (Aug. 23, 2012) on Spike TV and there were some major happenings, mostly relating to the clash between the TNA roster and Aces and Eights. It was also Open Fight Night and Gut Check, so quite a few things went down. Let's get to the nitty-gritty. The ending to this show was a bit strange. Aces and Eights came out to brawl with the TNA roster, then they got the hell beat out of them. Then, out came more and more members, which eventually overwhelmed the three (RVD, Austin Aries, and Jeff Hardy) men in the ring. After, Aces and Eights all hit their motorcycles and bolted, with some members left backstage brawling with the TNA roster. After digesting it, it seems like an interesting play. You wonder what happened to those left behind and what Aces and Eights will have up their sleeve next. Not the prettiest move, but it keeps things rolling. To summarize, most of the show involved Aces and Eights. The opening had tw ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of A.J. Styles
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In 2016, he added the birth date of his fourth child, reading 10-08-14.
    More Details Hide Details The family lives in Gainesville, Georgia. Jones revealed on TNA's official website, the TNA home video release Phenomenal: The Best of A.J. Styles Volume 2, and in an interview with New Zealand Pro Wrestling Journalists that he grew up in a poor family and that they could not afford cable television while he was growing up, which resulted in him being unable to watch professional wrestling. Jones is a devout Christian, stating that in his life, "It's God first and family second." He is a big fan of Christian hip hop music, and boasts that he can "school almost any rapper" on the genre's history. His favorite groups to listen to are the West Coast-based K2S, Lil' Raskull, FTF, and L.G. Wise. While Jones was working for TNA, he met GRITS members Stacey "Coffee" Jones and Teron "Bonafide" Carter at Universal Studios Florida, TNA's former primary television taping location. Jones would become good friends with the duo, so much so that he used their song "Get Ready To Fly" for seven years as his second TNA theme song and stays in touch with them to this day.
    In 2016, TNA released The Essential AJ Styles Collection, a 4-disc DVD set showcasing Styles' top 30 greatest TNA matches.
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    Gold medalist and industry veteran Kurt Angle made the following statement in a February 2016 ESPN interview regarding Styles' wrestling ability: "I would have to say the best wrestler I wrestled was AJ Styles.
    More Details Hide Details He's a special talent, a rare breed ".
    Ayub Nouinou, a columnist for The Independent, described him as the "crown jewel" of TNA for more than a decade, before "applying his craft" for NJPW and ROH, among others. Nouinou went on to state that Styles had "established himself as one of the best talents on the planet over the last two years (2014 and 2015)" and noted that, pertaining to Styles' 2016 WWE signing, "the addition of Styles would have to be considered one of the greatest signings since the turn of the millennium".
    More Details Hide Details Regarding Styles' financial value to WWE, Nouinou stated that "there is no doubt that "The Phenomenal One" can be a huge draw for the company in all departments – whether that be merchandise, television ratings or pay-per-view buys". Nouinou also noted the impact in which WWE chairman Vince McMahon's perspective on professional wrestlers that may be "too small", may have potentially changed following the signing of Styles, stating that "the acquisition of Styles signifies a change in McMahon's philosophy. Instead of sticking to the stereotypical views of what a main event superstar should look like, it seems like WWE may have accepted that both wrestling ability and the ability to entertain should be prioritised above everything else". Finally, Nouinou made the prediction that "Styles can be the superstar that spearheads WWE into a new era".
    Pro Wrestling Torch journalist Michael Moore, in a 2016 article, noted that Styles "has long been regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the world".
    More Details Hide Details In November 2012, IGN UK columnist Matt Fowler ranked Styles at number 38 in his top 50 professional wrestlers of all-time list.
    During the 2016 WWE draft, Styles was drafted to SmackDown in the first round of picks, being the brand's second pick overall, while Gallows and Anderson were drafted to Raw, thereby splitting up The Club.
    More Details Hide Details Styles faced Cena once more at SummerSlam, defeating him at the event. After defeating Cena, Styles claimed himself to be the new face of the WWE and "the face that runs the place". Due to his victory at SummerSlam, Styles immediately re-entered the now renamed WWE World Championship picture and received another opportunity at the title at Backlash against champion Dean Ambrose. However, Styles' arrogance led to Dolph Ziggler, who lost a championship match over Ambrose also at SummerSlam, attacking him and challenging to a singles match, Styles won to prevent the match being turned into a triple threat match also involving Ziggler. At Backlash, Styles defeated Ambrose to become the WWE World Champion for the first time in his career. On the September 13 episode of SmackDown Live, a returning John Cena interrupted Styles' message to the fans about becoming WWE World Champion, and Cena challenged Styles for the title. Dean Ambrose also appeared and invoked his rematch clause. As a result, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon made the main event of No Mercy a triple threat match for the WWE World Championship between Styles, Ambrose, and Cena. Before that, however, Styles made his first title defense against Ambrose on the September 27 episode of SmackDown Live in a winning effort.
    After weeks of speculation and WWE themselves covering the rumors of Styles leaving NJPW for WWE, on January 20, 2016, it was confirmed that he had signed with WWE.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to signing, Styles had also had extensive discussions with TNA and according to them, Styles had agreed to return to the promotion with Bullet Club stablemates Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, before being offered a "blow-away deal" by WWE. After not being on WWE television since his Metal match in 2002, Styles made his official debut to WWE at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view during the eponymous match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, entering at number three and receiving a loud ovation. Styles went on to eliminate Curtis Axel and Tyler Breeze, before being eliminated by Kevin Owens, lasting just under 28 minutes in the match. Styles then entered a storyline with Chris Jericho, with the two exchanging victories on both Raw and SmackDown, which ultimately led to an encounter between the two at Fastlane, where Styles emerged victorious. After Fastlane, Jericho and Styles formed a tag team, dubbed "Y2AJ", and went on to defeat The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in two non-title matches. This led to a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship on the March 7 episode of Raw, which Y2AJ failed to win, and after the match, Jericho turned on Styles and attacked him, officially ending their team. The two subsequently interfered in each other's matches, leading to Styles challenging Jericho to a match at WrestleMania 32, which Jericho ultimately accepted on the March 28 episode of Raw.
    Styles returned to the NJPW ring on January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, where he unsuccessfully challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Hours after Styles' Wrestle Kingdom 10 match, it was reported that Styles had given his notice to NJPW on the morning of January 4, announcing that he was leaving the promotion and signing with WWE. The following day, Styles made his final appearance for NJPW, where the rest of Bullet Club turned on him with Kenny Omega becoming the stable's new leader.
    On January 14, 2016, Styles wrestled a match for 5 Star Wrestling in Sheffield, England, where he faced Rey Mysterio, for the first time.
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    Styles made his final independent appearance before he began working for WWE at ROH's TV tapings in Duluth, Georgia on January 23, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details At the tapings, Styles was interrupted by Jay Lethal and The House of Truth, followed by Roderick Strong. An ensuing brawl saw Styles' former Bullet Club stablemates Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson and The Young Bucks (who had fired Styles from the stable just over two weeks prior) assist him against various members of the ROH roster. At the end of the show, Styles proceeded to join Bullet Club in a group hug, mirroring the famous 1996 WWF Madison Square Garden "Curtain Call". Following his departure from TNA, Styles would begin taking independent bookings for the first time in two years, accepting as many dates as possible and more regularly. During his second run on the independent circuit, he competed in various countries around the world, most notably England.
    He signed a multi-year contract with WWE fourteen years later in January 2016, making his official debut at that month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
    More Details Hide Details After appearing at his first WrestleMania that April, Styles headlined multiple pay-per-views en route to winning his first WWE World Championship at Backlash in September.
  • 2015
    Age 36
    On March 11, 2015, Styles defeated John Hennigan to win the FWE Heavyweight Championship in a best of three falls match two falls to one; Hennigan won the first fall after hitting Starship Pain, but Styles made Hennigan tap out to the Calf Killer shortly thereafter to score fall number two, and in the end Styles pinned Hennigan following a Styles Clash to capture the belt.
    More Details Hide Details On June 14, Styles captured the Revolution Pro Wrestling British Heavyweight Championship, defeating Marty Scurll at Summer Sizzler for the belt.
    In November, Styles entered the IWGP Intercontinental Championship picture by challenging Shinsuke Nakamura to a title match. Later that month, Styles was forced to pull out of the 2015 World Tag League, where he teamed with Yujiro Takahashi, after suffering a back injury.
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    From July 20 to August 14, Styles took part in the 2015 G1 Climax.
    More Details Hide Details He entered the final day with a chance to advance from his block, but a loss against Hiroshi Tanahashi cost him a spot in the finals, giving him a record of six wins and three losses. On October 12 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Styles received a rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was again defeated by Okada.
    He made his first title defense on April 5 at Invasion Attack 2015, where he defeated 2015 New Japan Cup winner Kota Ibushi.
    More Details Hide Details His five-month reign ended in his second defense on July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, where he was defeated by Kazuchika Okada.
    On January 6, 2015, Styles inserted himself back into the IWGP Heavyweight Championship picture, when he pinned Tanahashi in an eight-man tag team match, setting up a title match between the two at The New Beginning in Osaka.
    More Details Hide Details On February 11, Styles defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the second time.
    Styles and Naito faced off in a match on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, where Styles was victorious.
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    In September, Styles made his debut for Chikara, when he teamed with fellow Bullet Club members The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) in the 2015 King of Trios.
    More Details Hide Details The team made it to the finals of the three-day-long tournament, but were ultimately defeated by Team AAA (Aero Star, Drago and Fénix).
  • 2014
    Age 35
    Later in the month, Styles entered the 2014 World Tag League, alongside Yujiro Takahashi.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a win over the reigning IWGP Tag Team Champions, Bullet Club stablemates Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, Styles and Takahashi failed to advance from their block with a record of four wins and three losses due to losing to Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi on the final day.
    On November 8, 2014 at Power Struggle, Styles defeated Yoshitatsu with help from Jarrett and after the match was confronted by Tetsuya Naito.
    More Details Hide Details During the match, Yoshitatsu legitimately broke his neck on a Styles Clash, leading to NJPW pushing Styles as a "killer" and the Styles Clash as a controversial maneuver.
    Styles suffered his first loss in NJPW on July 21, when he was defeated by Okada in his first match in the 2014 G1 Climax tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Out of his nine remaining matches in the tournament, Styles lost only one, but failed to advance to the finals due to his loss against Okada in the head-to-head match. On October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Styles lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi in his third defense, after the returning Yoshitatsu stopped Bullet Club's newest member, Jeff Jarrett, from interfering in the match.
    Styles wrestled his first match under a New Japan contract on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, where he defeated Okada with help from Yujiro Takahashi to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
    More Details Hide Details With this victory, Styles became the sixth gaijin (non-Japanese) champion in the title's history and the first American champion since Brock Lesnar in 2005. The win also made Styles the shortest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history. On May 17, Styles made his first successful title defense in a three-way match with Okada and Michael Elgin at the NJPW/ROH co-produced War of the Worlds event in New York City. On May 25 at Back to the Yokohama Arena, Styles defeated Okada for his second successful title defense.
    Following Invasion Attack 2014, with Styles still working a full schedule on the American independent circuit and only booked to work NJPW's larger events, Karl Anderson was positioned as the new leader of Bullet Club.
    More Details Hide Details However, Styles was considered the leader of the Ring of Honor (ROH) version of Bullet Club, a role which was also given to him by NJPW by the end of 2015.
    Styles' return came on April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014, where he attacked IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada after his match and laid him out with the Styles Clash, and challenged Okada to a title match, before revealing himself as the newest member of Bullet Club, establishing himself as a heel in the process.
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    On March 1, 2014, Styles made an appearance for English promotion, Preston City Wrestling, losing to British wrestler Lionheart in the main event.
    More Details Hide Details Following the match, Styles gave Lionheart the Styles Clash, during which Lionheart improperly tucked his chin, resulting in him landing on top of his head and legitimately breaking his neck. On February 8, Styles returned to CZW after 11 years, defeating CZW World Heavyweight Champion Drew Gulak via disqualification, which meant that Gulak retained his title. In August, Styles returned to PWG after 11 years, taking part in the promotions annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament, where he made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Roderick Strong via disqualification.
    Styles defeated Roderick Strong in his return match on the January 4, 2014 taping of Ring of Honor Wrestling, and picked up victories over Jay Lethal at the 12th Anniversary Show and Chris Hero at the Flyin' High event.
    More Details Hide Details At All Star Extravaganza VII, he became the number one contender for the ROH World Championship by winning a four-way match involving Adam Cole, Michael Elgin, and Roderick Strong. He unsuccessfully challenged champion Jay Lethal at Final Battle.
    In 2014, he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match with the company, later becoming the leader of Bullet Club.
    More Details Hide Details He competed on the independent circuit, winning titles such as the PWG Championship and the RPW British Heavyweight Championship, among many others. Styles first appeared in WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation, or the WWF) in 2002, but turned down a developmental deal he was offered with the company.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    On November 16, 2013, Styles made his debut for Japanese promotion Wrestle-1, successfully defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Seiya Sanada.
    More Details Hide Details On March 14, Styles returned to International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) and successfully challenged IWC Super Indy Champion Super Hentai for the title. On April 13, Styles defended the title in a rematch against Hentai but the match ended in a no contest, meaning Styles retained the title. On May 10, Styles vacated the title. On August 23, Styles unsuccessfully challenged new Super Indy Champion Colt Cabana after the match ended at a twenty-minute time limit draw, meaning Cabana retained the title. On December 12, at IWC: Call to Arms, Styles would once again challenge Cabana for the title, but again was unsuccessful. On April 12, Styles debuted in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), competing at the promotions 3rd Best of the Best event. Styles teamed with Jason Cross to face Jay Briscoe and Jimmy Rave, in a losing effort. On July 20, at CZW: Deja Vu II, Styles successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Rave. On September 12, Styles debuted in Maximum Pro Wrestling (MXPW), successfully challenging MXPW Television Champion Chris Sabin and Christopher Daniels in a three-way match for the title. On October 4, Styles debuted in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), unsuccessfully challenging PWG Champion Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels for the title.
    On November 3, 2013, Styles would once again return to AAA, this time to successfully defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (which had been vacated by TNA just days before) in a rematch against El Mesías.
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    At No Surrender, Styles defeated Austin Aries in the semi-finals and later defeated Magnus in the finals to win the 2013 Bound for Glory Series and become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Styles claimed he was no longer under contract with TNA and insulted Dixie Carter, who responded by saying that Styles was not a great wrestler. In the weeks leading up to Bound for Glory, Styles continued to appear on Impact despite not having a contract with the company. At Bound for Glory, Styles defeated Bully Ray, despite interference from Aces & Eights and Carter to win his second TNA World Heavyweight Championship and fifth world title in the company overall. Styles made his first televised title defense on the following episode of Impact, defeating Ray in a rematch after interference from Mr. Anderson. After the match, Styles refused Carter's new contract offer and walked out of TNA with the title. On October 29, TNA vacated the World Heavyweight Championship. On the December 2 taping of Impact which aired on January 2, Styles returned to TNA with his championship to confront Carter and Magnus, who had won a tournament to crown the new World Heavyweight Champion. Styles challenged Magnus to a title unification match on next weeks episode of Impact, which Magnus accepted. Magnus won to unify both titles after interference from eight other wrestlers on Magnus' behalf and Sting interfering on Styles' behalf in what would be Styles' final match with TNA. On December 8, it was reported that contract negotiations between Styles and TNA had broken down and that Styles would be leaving the promotion, becoming a free agent effective December 17 and ending his near twelve-year association with the company.
    At Slammiversary XI, Styles was defeated by Angle in a singles match, but he beat him in a rematch to earn the final spot in the 2013 Bound for Glory Series.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Styles' first BFG series match with Samoa Joe ended in a time limit draw and as a result, both competitors received two points. On the July 4 episode of Impact, Styles forced Kazarian to submit, earning an additional ten points in the tournament. Styles filled in for Angle and teamed with The Main Event Mafia in a five-on-five tag team match against Aces & Eights at Hardcore Justice, securing the victory for his team by pinning Devon, though he later said that he had not joined the Mafia. On the August 29 episode of Impact, Styles defeated Bobby Roode in a BFG series match to earn seven points. The following week, Styles won a Gauntlet Battle Royal match by last eliminating Daniels to gain twenty points and secure the top spot in the Bound For Glory series.
    Beginning in February 2013, TNA began airing videos at Styles' home interviewing his wife, a friend, and even attempting to interview Styles himself before he angrily forced them to leave.
    More Details Hide Details Styles, now sporting a beard, unkempt hair and all-black attire, returned to TNA on the March 14 episode of Impact, where he saved James Storm from an assault from Daniels and Kazarian before attacking Storm himself. Styles, who remained silent in the following weeks, wrestled his return match on the April 18 episode of Impact, defeating Storm via submission with his new Calf Killer submission hold. Styles then began feuding with Kurt Angle after refusing to tell Angle whether he was with the Aces & Eights. On the May 23 episode of Impact, he seemingly joined the Aces & Eights as they attacked Angle, only to attack them, cementing his status as a "lone wolf".
    Styles was pinned by James Storm in a three-way number one contenders match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point, also involving Bobby Roode, preventing him from receiving another title opportunity until Bound for Glory 2013 as per the pre-match stipulation.
    More Details Hide Details On December 9 at Final Resolution, Styles was defeated by Christopher Daniels in what was billed as their "final match". On the following episode of Impact, Styles said he was tired of doing the right thing and that he was going to do his own thing from there.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    On the August 30 episode of Impact, Styles was eliminated in the 2012 Bound for Glory Series after losing to Samoa Joe.
    More Details Hide Details At No Surrender and Bound for Glory, Styles and Angle unsuccessfully challenged Daniels and Kazarian for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
    On the following episode of Impact, Styles entered the 2012 Bound for Glory Series, where he was eliminated in opening gauntlet match by Daniels.
    More Details Hide Details On the June 21 episode of Impact, Styles and Carter revealed their secret; they were not having an affair, but were helping an addicted pregnant woman named Claire Lynch overcome her problems. The following week, Styles and Angle lost the Tag Team Championship back to Daniels and Kazarian. Daniels subsequently admitted that Styles and Carter had told the truth about Claire, but claimed that they had left out the part about Styles being the father of her unborn baby. Styles defeated Daniels in a Last Man Standing match at Destination X, and again in a Bound for Glory Series match and, per the pre-match stipulations, earned the right to get a paternity test on Claire's baby. The following week it was revealed that Claire was not pregnant after all and her attorney revealed Daniels' and Kazarian's plot to blackmail Styles.
    During the following episodes of Impact, Styles and Kazarian, the last two members of Fortune, made it to the finals of the Wild Card Tournament. During the final match against Magnus and Samoa Joe on the January 5, 2012, episode of Impact, Kazarian abandoned Styles and aligned himself with Christopher Daniels, effectively ending Fortune.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 9 episode of Impact, Kazarian, now seemingly a reluctant associate of Daniels, helped him defeat Styles in a singles match. Three days later at Against All Odds, Styles was defeated by Kazarian in a singles match. On the March 3 of Impact, Kazarian defeated Styles in a gauntlet match; had Styles been successful, Kazarian would have to explain his alliance with Daniels. Mr. Anderson then aligned with Styles, defeating them in a match at Victory Road, and at Lockdown, where the two duos were on opposing teams in the annual Lethal Lockdown match. On May 10, Kazarian revealed that he originally aligned himself with Daniels to keep him from revealing Styles' secret, but changed his mind after learning what the secret was. Daniels then revealed a series of photographs insinuating a relationship between Styles and TNA president Dixie Carter.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010, Jones acquired a large tattoo down the right side his torso which reads "AJ 05-03-05 02-14-07 09-15-09", representing the initials and birth dates of his first three children.
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    He continued to successfully defend his title against Desmond Wolfe on the December 10 episode of Impact!, against Daniels at at Final Resolution, against Angle on the January 4, 2010 episode of Impact!, and against Tomko, who had been revealed as his mystery attacker, on the January 14 episode of Impact!
    More Details Hide Details At Genesis, Styles turned heel and defeated Angle in a Last Chance match with assistance from Ric Flair. On the January 21, episode of Impact!, Flair announced that he had aligned himself with Styles and christened Styles "the New Nature Boy". On the same episode, Hulk Hogan announced a Genesis rematch, where if Flair were to interfere, Styles would be stripped of the title and awarded to Angle. During the match, Angle applied his signature move, the Ankle Lock, on Styles, who reversed it and applied the same move to Angle, when suddenly referee Earl Hebner, paid off by Flair, called for the bell although Angle did not submit. At Against All Odds, Styles retained his title against Samoa Joe, with help from Flair, in a match refereed by Eric Bischoff. On the March 8 episode of Impact!, Styles teamed up with Ric Flair in a tag team match, in a losing effort against Abyss and Hulk Hogan. Styles defended his title against Abyss at Destination X in a match that went to no contest, after Abyss chokeslammed Styles through the ring. At Lockdown, Styles successfully defended his title against D'Angelo Dinero in a steel cage match. The following day on Impact!, Styles dropped the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Rob Van Dam, ending his reign at a then-record 211 days.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    On the January 22, 2009, episode of Impact!, Angle vowed to end Styles' career and later that night beat Styles in a tables match, where Styles was (kayfabe) injured.
    More Details Hide Details At Against All Odds, Styles returned, attacking Booker T and stealing his TNA Legends Championship. Styles defeated Booker T to become Legends Champion (and the first TNA Grand Slam Champion) at Destination X, and he retained in a rematch at Sacrifice. At Slammiversary, Styles competed in the King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful after Samoa Joe turned on Front Line and helped Angle win. Nash won Styles' Legends Championship at Victory Road. Following the loss, Styles began a "Best of Three Series" against Matt Morgan for entry into the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match with Sting and Kurt Angle at Hard Justice. He won the first match, but lost the following two, resulting in Morgan advancing to Hard Justice. On the August 20 episode of Impact!, Styles was talked out of retiring by Sting, who said he had chosen Styles to carry the torch after him. At No Surrender, Styles won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a five-way match against Matt Morgan, Sting, Hernandez, and defending champion Kurt Angle. At Bound for Glory, Styles retained his title against Sting, ending his undefeated streak at Bound for Glory in the process. Styles was mysteriously attacked by an anonymous assailant backstage leading him to believe it was Samoa Joe or Daniels, both of whom he faced the following month at Turning Point to retain his TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On July 26, 2008, Styles made his debut for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), taking part in the promotions last annual 16-man elimination International Gran Prix tournament, representing Team International.
    More Details Hide Details Styles would defeat Rey Bucanero of Team Mexico in his first match but would later be eliminated from the tournament by Último Guerrero. Guerrero went on to lose to Team International member Alex Shelley later in the night, with Shelley winning the tournament for Team International. Styles returned to AAA on December 16, 2011, at Guerra de Titanes, as part of the TNA invasion storyline. He faced El Mesías in a match to earn a shot at the AAA World Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful.
    In February 2008, Styles was, in storyline, married to Karen Angle.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, Styles and Tomko lost the World Tag Team Championship to Kaz and Super Eric. With Kurt constantly accusing Styles and Karen of an affair and both denying anything beyond friendship, Styles quit the Alliance. In retaliation, Tomko cost Styles his King of the Mountain qualifying match against Booker T. At Slammiversary, Styles defeated Kurt, but was beat-down by Kurt and his former tag team partner Tomko after the match. The feud continued through Hard Justice, with Styles and Angle trading wins and, on the following episode of Impact!, he defeated Angle for his Olympic gold medal. Styles also won the rematch ladder match the following week, ending the feud, but he was later asked to give Angle back his gold medal by Jeff Jarrett, in an effort to try to mend things with Angle. At Bound for Glory IV, Styles faced Christian Cage and Booker T in a three-way match in which Booker T won. Shortly after that, Booker T, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and Sting formed The Main Event Mafia, and Styles teamed up with Samoa Joe to fight them. On the October 30 episode of Impact!, Styles and Joe formed a faction of younger wrestlers known as the The TNA Front Line to combat the Mafia, while the Mafia recruited Scott Steiner. Styles challenged Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point, and again in an eight-man tag team match at Final Resolution, but was unsuccessful each time.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    During his stay in TNA, Styles worked in various Japanese and Mexican promotions due to a partnership with TNA. On September 17, 2006, at Verano de Escándalo, Styles made his debut for Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), as part of a cross promotion deal between TNA and AAA.
    More Details Hide Details Team TNA (Styles, Homicide, Low Ki and Samoa Joe) defeated Vipers Revolution (Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Electroshock and Histeria) in a semi finales tournament match then later defeating The Mexican Powers (Crazy Boy, Joe Lider and Juventud Guerrera) in the finals. During a partnership between TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Styles made four appearances for NJPW in 2008. On January 4, at Wrestle Kingdom II, Styles teamed with Christian Cage and Petey Williams to face RISE (Milano Collection AT, Minoru and Prince Devitt) in a six-man tag team match, in a winning effort. On February 17, Styles faced Hiroshi Tanahashi in a losing effort on Day 8 of New Japan's ISM Tour. On August 15, Styles teamed with Shinjiro Otani to face Kurt Angle and Masahiro Chono on Day 5 of New Japan's G1 Climax - Heroes of Supremacy event, in a losing effort. The following day on Day 6 of New Japan's G1 Climax - Heroes of Supremacy show, Styles teamed with Tanahashi to face the team of Shinsuke Nakamura and Angle, again in a losing effort.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    On April 1, 2005, Styles returned to PWG, defeating Samoa Joe in a PWG Championship number one contenders match at the promotions All-Star Weekend Day 1.
    More Details Hide Details The following night, on Day 2 of All-Star Weekend, Styles successfully challenged Super Dragon for the title. Styles defended the title until August 6, at Zombies Shouldn't Run, where he lost it to Kevin Steen. On September 3, Styles entered the 2005 PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament, but was defeated in the finals by Chris Bosh.
    Styles then entered the TNA 2005 Super X Cup Tournament, which granted the winner a shot at the X Division Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Styles defeated Matt Bentley in the quarter-finals and Petey Williams in the semi-finals, but lost to Samoa Joe at Sacrifice. As Christopher Daniels (the reigning X Division champion) had interfered in the match, TNA Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko added Styles to the resultant title bout. At Unbreakable, Styles defeated Samoa Joe and Daniels in a critically lauded three-way match to become the TNA X Division Champion for a fifth time. At Bound for Glory, Styles successfully defended the title against Christopher Daniels in the second thirty-minute Iron Man. The following month at Genesis, Styles successfully defended the title against Petey Williams. Styles then started a feud with Joe, claiming that he had broken the unwritten "code of the X Division" by brutally beating Daniels. At Turning Point, Styles lost the X Division Championship to Joe. Styles was unsuccessful in retaining the title in a triple threat matche, also featuring Daniels, at Against All Odds, and in an Ultimate X match at Destination X, which Daniels won. After Daniels lost the belt back to Samoa Joe, Styles joined Daniels to challenge America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. After losing to America's Most Wanted in title matches on two occasions, Styles and Daniels won the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Slammiversary. They successfully retained against The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) (LAX) at Hard Justice, only to lose the title to them in a Border Brawl on the August 24 episode of Impact!
    At Final Resolution, Styles won the X Division Championship for a fourth time in an Ultimate X match, defeating Chris Sabin and the reigning champion Petey Williams. Styles faced Christopher Daniels for the first time on January 21, 2005, and after failing to defeat him in ten minutes, qualified for a thirty-minute Iron Man match for the championship at Against All Odds, where Styles defeated Daniels to retain his title after initial tying and going into "sudden death" rules.
    More Details Hide Details The feud between Styles and Daniels continued, and at Destination X on March 13, Styles lost the title to him in an Ultimate X Challenge also featuring Ron Killings and Elix Skipper. After defeawting Abyss at Lockdown become the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, Styles won his third world championship from Jeff Jarrett at Hard Justice, which he lost to Raven in a King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Styles feuded with Jeff Jarrett and Abyss throughout January, and on February 4, 2004 after Styles demanded a title shot, Jarrett's ally Don Callis forced him to team with Abyss in a match with the NWA World Tag Team Champions, Kevin Northcutt and Legend, which Styles' won, despite being abandoned by Abyss.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Styles defeated Abyss in a match for both tag team titles by disqualification after Jarrett interfered. His victory was overturned by Callis, leading to another match the following week which was won by Abyss after Lex Luger interfered, thus granting Abyss control of both titles. On March 17, Abyss defeated Styles to become the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Russo granted Styles championship steel cage match against Jarret on April 21, where he won his second world title. He successfully defended the title in matches with Ron Killings, Raven and Chris Harris, and on May 19 he defended against all three men in a four-way title match. Styles lost his title to Killings after Jarrett interfered in the match, hitting him with a guitar. Styles returned to the X Division shortly thereafter, winning a four-way match to become the number one contender to the X Division Championship on the June 4 episode of Impact! On June 9, he defeated Frankie Kazarian to become a three-time X Division Champion. In the following weeks, Styles feuded with Kid Kash and Dallas, while successfully defending his title in matches with Kazarian and Mr. Águila. An additional match on June 23 with the debuting Jeff Hardy was interrupted by Kash and Dallas. On July 28, he defended the title against Kazarian and Michael Shane in an Ultimate X match. After Kash struck Styles with a crutch, Shane and Kazarian simultaneously retrieved the belt and became co-X Division Champions.
  • 2003
    Age 24
    In 2003, ROH released Evolution of a Phenom: The Best of AJ Styles, a DVD which covers Styles from his debut to mid-2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, ROH released The Phenomenon Continues: The Best of AJ Styles Vol. 2, a follow-up DVD to the original released in 2003. Also in 2004, TNA released Phenomenal: The Best of A.J. Styles, a DVD covering Styles' best matches. In 2006, ROH released a shoot interview featuring Styles, alongside Christopher Daniels for the promotions "Straight Shootin'" series. In 2007, TNA released Phenomenal: The Best of A.J. Styles Volume 2, a follow-up DVD to the original released in 2004. Also in 2007, Styles was mentioned in the Insane Clown Posse song "Scatterbrain" off their EP Eye of the Storm. In 2008, Styles helped develop the first TNA wrestling video game known as TNA Impact!, which was released the same year on September 9. In 2009, Styles was featured on MTV's Made trying to help a young high schooler become a professional wrestler alongside Taylor Wilde and The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky).
    Throughout July 2003, Styles successfully defended his title in matches against Brown and a myriad selection of opponents before losing the title to Jarrett on October 22.
    More Details Hide Details Following his loss, Styles reverted to being a fan favorite, while Jarrett became a villain. On November 12, he teamed with Sting to defeat Jarrett and Lex Luger, though his bid for the title on December 3 was unsuccessful due to interference from Kid Kash.
    In 2003, Styles began focusing on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After defeating David Flair on January 15 to become the number one contender, Styles recruited the help of Larry Zbyszko and associated himself with Vince Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme (S.E.X.) stable. Styles faced NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett on February 19, but was defeated. In the course of the match, Styles became a fan favorite, attacking S.E.X. as they tried to interfere on his behalf because he did not want to win in that manner. Styles briefly teamed with D'Lo Brown, but disbanded for their world title aspirations, challenging each other on June 4 in a number one contendership match which was won by Styles. Styles defeated Jarrett and Raven in a three-way match for the Heavyweight Championship (becoming the first TNA Triple Crown winner in the process) on June 11 with assistance from Russo, becoming a heel.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    Styles debuted for Australian promotion World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) on February 24, 2002, making his pay-per-view debut at WWA: The Revolution against Super Nova, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Shark Boy and Tony Mamaluke in a six-way cruiserweight survival elimination match, in a losing effort.
    More Details Hide Details On April 7, Styles would team with Chuck E. Chaos to face Jerry Lynn and Super Nova, in a losing effort. On April 10, Styles faced Lynn and Nova in a three-way-dance, in a losing effort. On April 12, Styles defeated Nova in a tournament semi-final match at WWA: The Eruption for the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship. Styles would progress to the final later that night in which he defeated Jerry Lynn to win the title, which he would vacate soon after. On March 2, Styles debuted in the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), entering the promotions 6th annual Super 8 tournament. He defeated Xavier in the first round, as well as The Amazing Red in his semi-finals match, but was defeated in the final by Donovan Morgan. On June 15, Styles debuted in Game Changer Wrestling, entering the Jersey-J Cup tournament. In the first round, Styles defeated Qenaan Creed, he then progressed to the quarter-final, defeating Colt Cabana. In the semi-final, he was defeated by Reckless Youth, and was eliminated from the tournament.
    In May 2002, Styles was signed to a non-exclusive contract by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on the first weekly TNA pay-per-view, teaming with Jerry Lynn and Low Ki and losing to The Flying Elvises (Jorge Estrada, Sonny Siaki and Jimmy Yang). The following week, Styles defeated Lynn, Low Ki and Psicosis in a double elimination match to become the inaugural TNA X Division Champion. He won a second title on the third TNA pay-per-view, teaming with Lynn and defeating Lenny Lane and Bruce in the finals of a tournament for the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship. Styles successfully defended both his titles in the following weeks, but began to bicker with the veteran Lynn during their matches together. On August 7, Styles lost the X Division title to Low Ki in a three-way dance also involving Lynn. The following week, he and Lynn fought Ron Killings and Jeff Jarrett to a no-contest, and the Tag Team Title was held-up as a result. The following week, he and Lynn fought one another in a Falls Count Anywhere match (which was won by Lynn), a No Disqualification match (which was won by Styles) and a ten-minute Iron Man match, which ended in a draw after both men scored three pinfalls. On August 28, Low Ki defended the X Division Championship against Lynn and Styles in a ladder match and lost his title to Lynn. Recruiting Mortimer Plumtree and Sonny Siaki as allies, Styles continued to feud with Lynn in successive weeks.
    Styles debuted in Ring of Honor (ROH) at its third show, 2002's A Night of Appreciation, and quickly became a main eventer (e.g., performing in matches against Low Ki for the ROH World Championship at Honor Invades Boston).
    More Details Hide Details After failing to win the title, he became the first holder of the "Number One Contender's Trophy", which was viewed within the promotion as a secondary championship, at the time. At the One Year Anniversary Show in February 2003, Styles competed against Low Ki and Paul London in a three-way match, which was won by London. After this, Styles competed by himself and defeated The Backseat Boyz (Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid), The S.A.T. (Jose Maximo Ramirez and Joel Maximo Ramirez), and The Carnage Crew (HC Loc and Tony DeVito) to receive a title shot. He chose Amazing Red as his partner, and the two defeated The Prophecy (Christopher Daniels and Xavier) for the championship. Styles then feuded with London, who was upset that he had chosen Red as his partner, wrestling to a draw at Night of the Grudges. Styles and Red then defeated the Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) on three separate occasions, but lost to The Prophecy. At Wrath of the Racket, Christopher Daniels and Dan Maff put Red out of action and Styles picked Homicide as his replacement partner. Styles and Homicide beat The Prophecy, but Styles had to vacate the title due to Red being sidelined.
    Styles made two appearances for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF): on the January 26, 2002, episode of Metal, in a losing effort against The Hurricane, and in a dark match prior to the January 27 episode of SmackDown!, where he was defeated by Rico Constantino.
    More Details Hide Details In April, Styles would be offered a developmental deal by the WWF, where it would require Styles to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio, where the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) developmental territory was located, with Styles ultimately declining the deal, as the move would interfere with his wife's college plans. Despite this, Styles would wrestle one non-contracted match for HWA, on February 19 against Matt Stryker, in a losing effort.
    He simultaneously appeared in Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2002–2006, winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship (with Amazing Red) and the ROH Pure Championship.
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  • 2001
    Age 22
    He appeared sporadically even after signing with NWA-TNA, and is a former NWA Georgia Championship, having defeated Rick Michaels for the title on December 22, 2001, at Christmas Chaos.
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    On November 13, 2001, Styles debuted in X Wrestling Federation, competing in a battle royal against Christopher Daniels, Juventud Guerrera, Kid Krash, Billy Fives, Prince Iaukea, Psicosis and Quick Kick for the XWF Cruiserweight Championship, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
    More Details Hide Details Later that night, Styles defeated Josh Mathews in a match taped for XWF television. The following night, Styles was defeated by Daniels, again in a match taped for the XWF television program.
    On October 26, 2001, Styles participated in All Pro Wrestling's King of Indies tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Jardi Frantz in his first round match but was eliminated by Christopher Daniels in the quarter finals the following night.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    In December 1999, NCW merged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside, and Jones was renamed A.J. Styles.
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    From 1999 to 2001, Styles competed in less notable independent promotions.
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    By August 1999, he had won the promotion's Television Championship.
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  • 1998
    Age 19
    Jones was trained by Rick Michaels and debuted in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details In the Georgia-based National Championship Wrestling promotion he wrestled as Mr. Olympia, a masked wrestler, losing to Michael Brooks in his first match.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    Jones was born in Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He grew up in poverty with an abusive, alcoholic father. He attended Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia, graduating in the class of 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He left college (in Anderson, South Carolina, where he was on a partial wrestling scholarship) to try professional wrestling, entering a professional wrestling school because his friends were doing it and to find out whether he had a natural aptitude for it. To supplement his income, he worked by mowing lawns and driving an ambulance.
  • 1977
    Age -2
    Born on June 2, 1977.
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