In this the first of TWO threads, thanks to my damn computer bug, I'm bringing up a topic that many may have overlooked. Double J regained his belt from AJ Styles this week on TNA. Now while I understand why that happened, I can't help but feel a bit sad.
You see, since June, AJ Styles has impressed the crap out of me, coming out of nowhere to become a better champ than most expected. Now I know he has the help of Vinnie Ru, but the truth is, having spent time in Japan, he's able to mix both Japanese and American style wrestling in his matches. I dig that a lot.
And of course, while most will vote for the Triple X cage match as the best of TNA in 2003, nothing made me feel more whole as a wrestling fan this year (outside of Y2J-HBK) than AJ's match with Low-Ki. The moonsault-DDT combo rules! His match with Raven is another favorite, bringing out the best in both men. He has the clean cut look, and the versatile skills, making him a damn good representative of the next generation of wrestlers.
I don't think he's a bad promo guy (there are far worse folks out there), his southern accent is the cutest. But I really think being the champ beefed up his stock, and I can see him as a main eventer easily. So, AJ, a toast to your triumph, and may there be many more!
After a quarter of a century on this planet, there's three things I know for sure... 1)I'm smarter than I was a year ago. 2)WWE isn't. 3) I'd make a fine Mrs. HHH II. 1300 bitches and counting....
I like Styles, and while the X division is clearly a demotion for him, that group does need a bonafide star in it. I don't think Daniels is long for that group, and as good as Shane and Sabin are neither one of them is strong enough to either elevate other guys or elevate the division as a whole. Having a former world champion in there could do it, though. Some variety couldn't hurt either. Shane vs. Sabin is good, but you can't keep doing it or you'll kill it. By the end, I couldn't have cared less about Styles vs. Lynn last year despite the fact it was always good because it was always the same. They're running the risk of doing that again. Maybe Styles can liven things up.
AJ Styles never convinced me he was championship material UNTIL this past Wednesday, when of course he lost the belt.
He's better off getting better at what he does for awhile without the added pressure of being champion. Unlike Ron Killings, I can't see this being the end of AJ Styles as a main eventer. He's just been put on hold for awhile.
Make no mistake about it, AJ Styles will be back in the main event someday. It just might take a while.
In the meantime, there are worse ideas than having Styles make a star out of Chris Sabin.
LS: Alright, we hardly gotten any airtime and we still aren't over. Anymore ideas? GD: Can you stare at your hand and spin on your head? Or better yet, we can have you shilling HUNGRY MAN DINNERS! LS: That...is very disturbing.
According to this site (thefutoncritic.com), Smackdown's advertising rate is 125th out of 126 Primetime network shows. In general, I know that in the ratings, Smackdown will be about forty spots higher than that.