This Sunday at Extreme Rules, Roman Reigns will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles in the main event, although the number one contender isn’t expected to compete until the match itself.
The WWE have given Styles some time off to heal as much as possible before his huge match with Reigns. However, he’s suffering from multiple nagging injuries, including his ankle and it’s resulted in numerous WWE officials panicking over his future.
DailyWrestlingNews.com are reporting that there’s a lot of concern backstage regarding his overall health. With multiple injuries, there’s a feeling that more in-ring action will result in the phenomenal one not being able to handle a full-time schedule with the WWE; and it’s a huge blow if this ends up as the case.
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This isn’t helped by the fact that Reigns and Styles will battle it out in an Extreme Rules stipulation, so it’s clear that there will be some painful spots involving weapons, and Styles could very well be at the end of those spots. If that does happen – which it probably will need to – then he may sustain further injuries and potentially something more serious.
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This obviously needs to be avoided at all costs; Styles has established himself as the biggest face in the company, both on screen and when it comes to shifting merchandise. Plus, he’s done an incredible job in filling the void left by the likes of John Cena, while Seth Rollins and Randy Orton have also been out of action for a while, and he’s done it consistently.
The interesting thing that’s been reported is that the WWE already have plans in place if Styles’ injuries do eventually catch up to him. It doesn’t solely rely on Styles, but with Vince McMahon also reportedly giving up on Reigns, Finn Balor may be brought up to the main roster from NXT much sooner than they intended to do so.
You can’t say that it’s a panic move, mainly because plans have always been in place to bring Balor up to the main roster, this would just be accelerating those plans and giving the fans something else to cheer about.
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Of course, this would be a huge moment for Balor as he would be thrown into the title picture right away and that’s not a bad way to start off your career on the main roster. This would also be beneficial for Styles, it’s understandable that the fans want him on their screen every single week with his incredible offence, but his health is the most important factor.
We’d rather have a healthy Styles entertaining us, rather than him risking injuries and being out for the long-term. We’ve had enough of those injuries, we don’t need another in the form of Styles, perhaps bringing up Balor could lighten his workload anyway.
With rumours of the Balor Club also at an all-time high, it will be interesting to see whether Styles is involved by taking a back seat in the group to allow him to recover, or whether he'll be taken off-screen if injuries do take their toll.
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