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 AJ Styles

Wrestling Career

Professional wrestler AJ Styles real name is Allen Neal Jones and he was born on June 2, 1977. He is currently 34. He made his debut into the professional wrestling world in 1988.He debuted  in the Georgia-based National Championship Wrestling promotion he wrestled as Mr Olympia, a masked wrestler. By August 1999, he had won the Television Championship. In December 1999 he was renamed A.J. Styles. Styles won his second Television Championship on January 8, 2000. In 2001 he was offered a contract by WCW placed in a tag team named Air Raid. Air Raid made appearances on WCW Thunder, and on the March 5, 2001, episode of WCW Monday Nitro they were entered in a tournament for the newly created WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship. However they were eliminated from the tournament in the first round. When WWF bought WCW he left without a job. He returned to NWA Wildside in 2001 and remained there until 2005. He then went to ROH in 2002. He remained there until 2006. In May 2002, Styles was signed to a non-exclusive contract by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and was dubbed “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles. He remains in TNA currently. 

Finishing Moves

His Finishing moves are Figure-four leglock – 2010–2011; adopted from Ric Flair, Flying armbar– 2008–2009, Frog splash– 2003–2006; used rarely as a finishing move thereafter,  Spiral Tap (Corkscrew somersault transitioned into either a leg drop or a senton bomb) – 2001–2007; used rarely thereafter, Styles Clash (Belly-to-back inverted mat slam, sometimes from the second rope), Superman (Springboard 450° splash).

Championships

All Access Wrestling AAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Ballpark Brawl Natural Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Christian Wrestling Federation / Christian Wrestling Entertainment CWF/E Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

International Wrestling Cartel IWC Super Indies Championship (2 times)

Independent Wrestling Revolution IWR King Of The Indies Championship (1 time)

Maximum Pro Wrestling Max-Pro Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)

Midwest Pro Wrestling MPW Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

New Korea Pro Wrestling Association NKPWA Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

NWA Wildside NWA Wildside Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

NWA Wildside Television Championship (3 times)           

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla PWG Championship (1 time)[

Ring of Honor ROH Pure Wrestling Championship (1 time)

ROH Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Amazing Red

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

NWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Jerry Lynn (1), Abyss (1), and Christopher Daniels (2)

TNA Legends/Global/Television Championship (2 times)

TNA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)    

TNA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tomko

TNA X Division Championship (6 times)[201]

World Wrestling All-Stars WWA International Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)

Personal Life

                 He has talked about growing up in poverty with an abusive and alcoholic father. He went college in Anderson, South Carolina, on a partial wrestling scholarship after graduating from Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia, class of 1996. He is married with 3 sons. And has gotten a tattoo down the right side his body that reads AJ 05-03-05 02-14-07 09-15-09 and represents the initials and birth dates of his three children. He is a Christian. He states that in his life, “It’s God first and family second.”

How he has impressed me throughout his career…

                He has helped shape TNA. He in my opinion helped make not Jeff Hardy. And TNA seems to realize and respect that. He is a great highflyer. It seems like he is just a natural when it comes to wrestling. Phenomenal really is the perfect word to describe him. TNA saw what they had and took advantage of it. It wouldn’t matter where he goes. He is just all around entertaining.

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