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3 WWE Superstars who could end AJ Styles' record breaking title reign

Balakrishna
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Three top stars on SmackDown live
Three top stars on SmackDown live

AJ Styles has been the WWE Champion for over a year now since he defeated Jinder Mahal for the WWE title in November last year. He is set to clash against Brock Lesnar in a champion versus champion encounter at the upcoming Survivor Series PPV.

After his clash with The Beast at Survivor Series, The Phenomenal One is scheduled to defend his title at WWE's last PPV event of the year - TLC.

Since winning the WWE Championship last year, AJ Styles has feuded with superstars like Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, and Samoa Joe over the title.

Styles defeated the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match for the WWE Championship at WWE Royal Rumble 2018. After the Royal Rumble PPV, he entered into a feud with the men's Royal Rumble match winner, Shinsuke Nakamura.

Nakamura's Royal Rumble win set up the much anticipated (at that time) rematch between The King Of Strong Style and The Phenomenal One for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34.

Their match at WrestleMania 34 could not meet the lofty expectations of the WWE Universe, as it was not near the level of the classic Wrestle Kingdom bout they both had during their time in NJPW.

Shinsuke Nakamura turned heel after losing his WWE title match at WrestleMania by delivering an infamous low blow to the champ, in one of the most shocking moments of the night.

AJ Styles after his feud with The King Of Strong Style entered into a deeply personal rivalry with his real life best friend, Samoa Joe, over the title. In spite of getting many repeated opportunities, Samoa Joe failed to capture the WWE Championship.

In this slideshow take a look at superstars who have the best chance of dethroning AJ Styles.


Honorable mentions

John Cena, Finn Balor, and Kenny Omega have slim chances. As John Cena is a part-timer, Finn Balor is on Raw, and Jeff Hardy is past his prime to be the primary champion.

Another outside option is Kenny Omega whose NJPW contract ends in early 2019. If he arrives in WWE next year, he has a great chance of squaring off against The Phenomenal One and defeating him.


#3 The Miz

The Miz
The Miz

WWE's resident Hollywood A-lister, The Miz, has been one of the best heels in the last few years. He is a bonafide sports entertainer, and has also improved his in-ring work a lot in the last few years.

His entertaining IC title matches with the likes of Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins are the shining examples of his improved in-ring performances.

The Miz is currently speculated to be next in line for a championship match opportunity against AJ Styles.

The Miz is currently one of the top heels on SmackDown Live alongside Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Joe and Nakamura both have failed to defeat Styles on multiple occasions, so Miz is the only top heel aside from Randy Orton left on SmackDown Live.

The Miz is a former WWE Champion, so he definitly could defeat AJ Styles if presented with the opportunity.

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