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30 Oct 2017

AJ Styles: The underappreciated phenomenon

It has been a momentous week for AJ Styles.

Recalled from the SmackDown Live South America tour to be a last-minute replacement for Bray Wyatt at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, he then filled in for Roman Reigns in a tag team match on Raw, before pulling the blue shirt on to lay siege to the flagship show.

It's been a week that has opened the eyes of WWE fans to just how good Styles really is.

Impromptu brilliance

The one-on-one match with Finn Balor on Sunday was, to me, AJ's best match in WWE. It wasn't the kickout-fest he had with John Cena at the Royal Rumble or his battles with Roman Reigns where the WWE Championship was on the line. Instead, it was a back-and-forth classic with reversals, unusual spots, and an electric atmosphere thanks to their parallel careers in Japan.