The ‘Phenomenal’ AJ Styles proved that he has what it takes to be the best of WWE SmackDown Live this Sunday night at Backlash where he defeated Dean Ambrose and snagged the WWE World Championship for himself. There has been controversy, that it wasn’t a clean win on AJ’s part since he performed a low blow on Dean before catching him off guard and hitting him with a Styles Clash to get the pin. This has caused many fans to question Style’s otherwise spotless match record and some even commented that it tarnishes his legacy.
AJ Styles, however, came on camera after the win and said that a victory is a victory no matter how the conclusion is reached at. He has seen worldwide success in TNA where he had two reigns as TNA World Heavyweight Champion, as well as in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor before coming to WWE at the beginning of this year. His stint in Japan saw him win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match with NJPW, where he later went on to become the second leader of the infamous ‘Bullet Club’ by 2015. He served as the leader of the ROH version of the Bullet Club since 2014 and then later replaced Karl Anderson who was temporarily leading the stable after Prince Devitt (a.k.a Finn Balor from WWE), left NJPW.
AJ Styles and fellow stable mate Kenny Omega had a throw down after AJ, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows announced their departure from the brand and the rest of the Bullet Club turned on the three. Omega then announced that he would be graduating from the junior heavyweight division to the heavyweight class and assumed leadership of the Bullet Club. He recently won the 2016 G1 Climax tournament becoming the first non-Japanese wrestler to do so. AJ and Omega have exchanged harsh words before in the ring but after Omega’s big win, AJ didn’t forget to congratulate him on a twitter post.
Kenny Omega tweeted soon after Styles’ big PPV main event victory on Sunday night at backlash telling his fellow stable mates The Young Bucks, comprised of Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson, that they had possibly made an error in judgment a while back. Although vague, many fans interpreted the message as Omega showing respect to his former colleague and stable mate by implying that they misjudged AJ’s capabilities before.