It is very difficult to assess and acclaim the best wrestler in this wrestling world right now mainly because the industry has diversified into a very distinct Wrestling environment where an outlaw show (shoot name for Independent wrestling) can garner ratings and attract attention all over the world through social insane media.
It has become one heck of a task to commemorate and felicitate a particular wrestler in this anonymous environment where everybody has a valerian steel in their voices. The Big League may not necessarily be the only Big Act in the town. To pick A.J Styles is a safe bet as he has brought sensibility and maintained solidarity over the years to achieve stability in this biased Business. Kazuchika Okada, Finn Balor, and Kenny Omega have made it big in their own way but they still can’t compete with the phenomenal one. Here are 5 reasons why Styles is the best wrestler of today’s generation.
1. His character/gimmick is Believable
Former wrestler Dr. Tom Prichard once asked Steve Austin when he was working for WCW under the gimmick Stunning Steve Austin that “Steve what is Stunning about Steve Austin” to which he had no reply that time but he understood years later the concept of a gimmick which should be instilled in a character to get over the act, thus unleashing Stone Cold which was believable.
A.J Styles is phenomenal in every aspect of his participation, performance, and pattern which portrays his passion for this business over the years. His body language is innovative and his move set is derived from efficiency and precision that truly makes him a phenomenon.
2. He is a polished worker that a company can rely on
Styles work has evolved and embarked through different times to endure the physicality of this environment and procure the reality of relevance. He is not the biggest or the meanest wrestler and pretty much has a generic appearance but his prowess lies in his wrestling ability where he can work from underneath and generate offense with equal productivity.He seldom uses unnecessary risky spots in the match to preserve his body which makes him a reliable talent at the Office.
In this current frenzy wrestling scenario where wrestlers go on a hiatus now and then for various reasons, you’ll never see Styles miss a house show, pay per view or a live event which more or less illustrates that he is maintaining that professionalism towards his work which usually fades away with time in this unforgiving business.
3. He rose against the odds to become 2 times WWE champion
WWE has looked down on other promotions right from its inception in the 60’s (it was called WWWF then) and has often buried talent from other promotions to stamp their superiority in Sports Entertainment. Vince doesn’t watch anything apart from WWE which can be testing for a new talent. Styles has mentioned in E&C’s pod of awesomeness podcast that Vince thought his Royal Rumble debut crowd reaction was a fluke which is a blasphemy for a hardcore fan.
The point is Style beat all the odds and won over the management with his attitude and work ethic which is over, thus providing value to the talent working with him. His programmes against Roman Reigns, Miz, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens generated hostile heat and secured significant shine for his opponents.
4. He can work as a baby-face and heel with the same conviction
Styles is preserving the house as a face which he built during his heel run on Smack-down Live. It is very difficult to generate heat in today’s wrestling where the crowd prefers popping for the heels more than the face to unleash that popular chant ‘This is Awesome’. Styles intelligently emerged as a cocky heel in his feuds with Cena and Ambrose so that his face turn can be done in an organic manner without much fuss. His in-ring credentials allow him to work an opponent either way without hurting the sentiment of a match.
5. He depends on Painted Psychology more than high spots to gain popularity
The biggest problem of this so-called Reality Era is the mindset of the millennial that intends to mortgage a match for moves to get over. Styles is the modern day Bret Hart who is super athletic and can spring in superb moves but still curbs his design and desire to maintain a direction in a match. He’ll never waste any move and his actions in the ring mean something, thus helping to bind and correlate a story.
Moves can become obsolete but in-ring psychology helps a competitor shape up a match in many directions by introducing different denomination to reach the same destination called pro wrestling. A.J with his experience over the two decades knows the method of working up the crowd rather than getting played himself which unfortunately his contemporaries still don’t get it.
I’ve always been an A.J Styles fan and his scintillating debut at the Royal Rumble got me pumped up for a change in this hypocrite P.G Era. His temperament has been tested by Vince in this short run with stop-start push, even then A.J hasn’t shown any frustration instead he has excelled in his craft studying the new curriculum but implementing the old philosophy which truly makes him The Phenomenal One.