Since debuting on the WWE main roster back in January at the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles has moved quickly up the pecking order.
The former TNA star has won over the WWE Universe in double quick time and is currently involved in the Heavyweight Title picture, with fans desperate to see him at every possible occasion.
Unfortunately, those fans were left disappointed over the weekend as Styles, despite being advertised to appear, was absent from the WWE's live event. Now the veteran star has taken to Twitter to apologise and explain the last minute change of plans.
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Style's comments confirm earlier reports which claimed he was dealing with injury issues after a hectic few months in the WWE's squared circle.
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Fortunately, though, it doesn't look like those issues - specifically, what he describes as a "banged up ankle" - are anything too serious.
The WWE will be more than happy to know that, after allowing him a little bit of time off to recuperate at the expense of a live show, Styles will be back and raring to go on tonight's Monday Night Raw.
For fans who were in attendance at the live event in Greenville, North Carolina, that doesn't necessary make up for missing out on seeing the leader of 'the Club'.
As reported by Wrestling Inc. over the weekend, several fans voiced their anger after learning they wouldn't be watching Styles compete in a triple threat match against Sheamus and Roman Reigns, as had been advertised.
Considering the WWE's recent run of bad luck with injuries to high-profile Superstars, you can't exactly blame them for trying to protect AJ Styles.
The 38-year-old, in feuding with Reigns in recent weeks, has been benefitting from a huge pop from the WWE Universe and is well and truly over with crowds across the country.
Although the likes of Randy Orton, John Cena and Seth Rollins are expected back in the ring within the next month, keeping Styles fit and healthy as the WWE's busy summer schedule approaches must be a top priority.
There are rumours that he could get his hands on the Heavyweight Title at one of the next couple of pay-per-view events. If he does that, and the injury scares subside, the sky really is the limit for a man many had waited years to see finally get his chance in the WWE.
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