5 feuds AJ Styles needs to have before he eventually retires from WWE
When AJ Styles joined the WWE in 2016, it felt like something that was long overdue. He was the best wrestler in TNA/Impact for almost his entire run with the company and he further cemented his status as one of the best ever during his stints in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
He was even too good to stay there, even. So along with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Shinsuke Nakamura from NJPW, he joined the WWE in 2016.
Recently, the Phenomenal One revealed that he planned on retiring once his current deal expires. It wasn't a huge surprise given that Styles is over 40 and has put over 20 years of wear and tear on his body. During his time in WWE, he's feuded with Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena, just to name a few.
But with limited time left regrading his in-ring career, there are several more people with which he can feud before his time is up. He ups the profile of anyone he feuds with but there are particular people that would offer better feuds for Styles than others. Here are five people that he needs to feud with before his retirement.
#5 Johnny Gargano
If you aren't a fan of what Johnny Gargano has done in NXT, then you might need to check your pulse. He's been involved in some of the best, most emotional storytelling in WWE over the last three years.
From his partnership (and then feud) with Tomasso Ciampa to his ongoing struggle against Adam Cole, Gargano is an archetype in all of wrestling. He's the face that has fought for everything that he has and will not stop fighting. He's already had a main-roster dance by appearing in this year's Royal Rumble.
It wouldn't be hard to write a potential feud between he and Styles due to the journey both men have taken to get to the WWE. They share similar backgrounds and are both experts at in-ring storytelling. Gargano might stick around initially as NXT transitions to the USA Network but he's overdue for a permanent call-up. One of his first feuds should be with Styles, especially if Styles remains a heel.