WWE 2016: AJ Style Is Vince McMahon's New Apple of the Eye

By Snookie Grawls, Posted: 09/13/16 06:13AM EDT

AJ Styles is the new WWE heavyweight champion, something that many didn’t really see coming. Everyone that is except for the folks backstage who reportedly knew the “Phenomenal One” would inherit the title from Dean Ambrose at WWE Backlash.

Styles made an immediate impact when he first appeared at the WWE Royal Rumble. From there, each appearance seemed electric. He is a veteran of many wars and has been around for log. A lot of that has shown via his skills and showmanship.

Flexibility in display

Being a proven commodity, it doesn’t come much of a surprise that Styles has easily transitioned from face to heel. The evolution was smooth but doesn’t necessarily elicit hatred from the WWE fans. In fact, they love it.

So is it any wonder why Vince McMahon has turned to the “Phenomenal One” for boosted ratings? It hardly comes as a surprise despite opposing claims by former WWE star Ryback. According to Wrestling Inc., there were plans for Ryback to face Styles with alleged orders to squash 39-year-old star.

With consideration to their respective plights, those claims are not questioned. Ryback is out of the WWE, while Styles is the champion and tipped for more high-profile main cards moving forward. Taking those in perspective, the credibility of that revelation is somehow sour.

Mores “Styles” Clash

Moving forward, it seems that Styles will first be in rematches with Ambrose. On whether the title returns to the “Ambrose Asylum” is anyone’s guess, but McMahon may just keep it where it is right now.

After Ambrose, there is some unfinished business for Styles. His feud with Cena still hangs in the balance so seeing them meet again with the heavyweight belt on the line could make sense, Bleacher Report reported.

The only question now is when and how the creative team will navigate Ambrose towards another feud. The WWE had their share of problems with Ambrose as champ, not to mention barely seeing significant changes in show ratings.

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