This past week at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view Roman Reigns retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles, much to the dismay of the WWE Universe.
It wasn’t the outcome of the match that left the fans depleted, in fact, most fans already came to terms with the fact that Reigns would be leaving New Jersey with his championship intact. However, it was the way this entire feud – as well as the match – was booked to protect Reigns.
Nobody really expected AJ Styles to be in this spot when he signed with the company – despite having all the talent to do so – but it’s clear that Styles deserved a lot more from the feud with Reigns.
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It’s no secret that the WWE have invested so much in Reigns, he’s main evented back-to-back WrestleMania events and they want to build a company with him as the centrepiece. With two title shots already in the bag, you have to wonder how many more glorious opportunity of that nature will fall in Styles’ way, probably not many.
One of the big negatives to come from this entire feud is the booking of The Club, although Styles had weeks where he had the upper hand, it felt as if the arrivals of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson fell flat.
Their lack of importance seemed to have rubbed off on Styles as well, despite all of the hype surrounding them, it was always Reigns and The Usos that managed to stand tall when it was about building Styles up as a huge threat.
THE CLUB LOOKED WEAK
Anderson and Gallows were made to look like Styles’ lackeys, trying to make their presence felt, but it could have been booked a lot differently which could have benefited everybody in the feud, not just Reigns. Now, the WWE face a tough task of making The Club seem relevant and dangerous again, and there’s only one man over on NXT, who can help do that.
Reigns does deserve a little credit, though; he did perform well in his Extreme Rules match with Styles and it’s why Mick Foley had even praised him. It’s the Styles Clash which proved be another major issue with how this feud played out. For so long, the WWE have hyped up the Styles Clash, and that’s the reason we have hardly seen it connect, that and the fact it can be dangerous.
Extreme Rules – against Reigns – would have been the perfect opportunity to make it seem more deadly than the Phenomenal Forearm. However, after so much protection, Reigns managed to kick out of two with relative ease, what more could Styles have done to win the match if he can’t win with the finisher that has helped him become a household name?
WHAT NEXT FOR STYLES?
It was a weak finish, and it seems as if Styles was there just to help Reigns look good so it’ll be interesting to see what the company does with him from here. It’s finishes like these why fans dislike Reigns and the way he’s being booked.
Styles' performance in the match was also overshadowed by the ending, although it was epic, the return of Seth Rollins attacking Reigns made us forget about Styles instantly and made us look forward to their match instead. So it looks as if Styles was screwed over from every angle in this feud.
As long as poor booking like this continues, the low ratings and the negative comments will continue to follow. The bad thing about this now heading into future feuds is that the Styles Clash won’t seem like a devastating move, so he’ll face a tough task of making that relevant again.
There was so much potential in establishing him as the number one star, but with so much invested in Reigns, it feels as if nobody will be able to succeed at this rate.
Do you think AJ Styles deserved more from his feud with Roman Reigns? Have your say in the comments section below.