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3 Possible challengers for AJ Styles after Humberto Carrillo 

Avik Das
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
07 Nov 2019, 17:45 IST

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The OC

Survivor Series is right around the corner and storylines have started to develop after Crown Jewel, where a couple titles were defended, including AJ Styles' United States Championship. The United States Champion defended the belt successfully, pinning Humberto Carrillo, after Carrillo won a 20-Man Battle Royal to earn the opportunity.

After a lengthy feud with Cedric Alexander, AJ Styles found his next challenger in Humberto Carrillo, who arrived on the main roster from 205 Live. Before Carrillo won the Battle Royal and received a United States Championship opportunity against Styles at Crown Jewel, the two squared off on RAW with Carrillo coming up just short. Moreover, the two Superstars also crossed paths in a tag team match on RAW this week, where Styles once again pinned Carrillo.

Having lost three times, Carrillo is not likely to meet Styles again. Since the US Champion traditionally takes on the Intercontinental Champion at Survivor Series, Styles could wrestle Nakamura next in a non-title match. Meanwhile, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson invaded NXT this week, as they assaulted The Undisputed Era and main evented the show. 

However, it remains to be seen who earns the next United States Championship opportunity against AJ Styles. Here we examine three possible challengers after Humberto Carrillo.


#3 Buddy Murphy

Buddy Murphy in action
Buddy Murphy in action

The current WWE roster has a number of Superstars, who are exceptional in the squared circle, and Buddy Murphy is definitely one of them. Similar to Cedric Alexander and Humberto Carrillo, Murphy was also part of 205 Live, before moving to the main roster this year.

The Australian Superstar had a memorable stint on 205 Live, winning the Cruiserweight Title once. Making his main roster debut against Roman Reigns, Murphy made a terrific first impression, as his debut match was spectacular. Subsequently, Murphy defeated former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and participated in the King of the Ring tournament.

Murphy switched brands in the draft last month, and is looking for a credible opponent on the Red Brand. AJ Styles offered some impressive matches against two former cruiserweight Superstars, and it would not be surprising if Murphy turns out to be his next rival. Given the in-ring prowess of both Murphy and Styles, they are more than capable of stealing the show with each and every bout.

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