Earlier today, it was reported by several wrestling news outlets that AJ Styles would have to stop performing one of his finishers called the Styles Clash.
The original report came from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, who stated that Vince McMahon was worried about Styles using the Styles Clash as a finisher because he had learnt about Yoshi Tatsu being injured from the move. While it’s believeIt d AJ will be able to continue using it, the appears that the company would prefer if he uses the Calf Crusher submission as his finisher.
While AJ will still be able to use the move, this is why you might have seen the former TNA star using the Calf Crusher submission as his finisher more often instead since joining the WWE.
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However, Styles himself has dismissed the rumor on his Twitter account today.
He tweeted: "Who said the styles clash was banned?"
The report from the Wrestling Observer never stated that the move had been banned, just that Vince was concerned about it due to the past injuries caused by it. This isn't something we haven't seen before, as several moves have been banned or discouraged by the WWE due to safety concerns.
For the time being, it appears the Styles Clash hasn't been banned by the WWE, but we won't know for certain. Maybe he'll use it next week when AJ and Chris Jericho take on The New Day for the Tag Team Championships on Monday Night Raw.
This match came about after Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods were defeated by the team of Y2AJ on this week's Raw during a match. The clash ended when The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla countered Kingston's Trouble in Paradise with the Walls of Jericho, forcing The New Day member to tap out.
This non-title match victory led to Y2AJ challenging The New Day for the Tag Team Championships next week on Raw, which the WWE accepted and scheduled. If Y2AJ win the clash, this would be Styles' first championship since joining the company.
Considering the fact he has only used the Styles Clash twice since making his debut in the WWE though, once to finish off Curtis Axel, and another as a false finish in a match with Jericho, you can see some logic behind the speculation.
However, we will likely never know the answer for certain, and we'll just have to go by what we see on WWE programming and make the judgment call on it for ourselves. From what we have seen so far, it looks like the Calf Crusher will be his main finisher, with the Styles Clash being used every now and then.