AJ Styles is one of the most popular superstars in the WWE today, so you would think the company would do everything they can to make sure he is front and center at every SmackDown Live show they do.
However, for the past couple of weeks, The Phenomenal One has been wrestling on the blue brand in any matches. His last match on SmackDown was on September 12 when he successfully defended the United States Championship against Tye Dillinger.
It's odd for WWE to not have the United States champion and one of their most popular superstars wrestle each and every week on one of their marquee shows, so why are they doing this? That question has finally been answered.
Once again, this past week on SmackDown, Styles didn't have a match in preparation for his United States title defense at Hell in a Cell against Baron Corbin.
Instead, The Phenomenal One appeared on the titantron to mock The Lone Wolf for his recent failures in the WWE including his failed Money in the Bank cash in, his SummerSlam loss to John Cena, and his loss to Dillinger on SmackDown this week.
A WWE fan asked Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter if the United States Champion was injured and therefore that was the reason why he wasn't wrestling much on WWE's blue brand.
Meltzer replied by saying that isn't the case. He says Styles is working every night, but WWE is just saving him for dark matches on Tuesdays after 205 Live has taken place in order to make sure fans don't go home once SmackDown has finished.
The Phenomenal One took part in a dark match last night after 205 Live had finished, teaming up with Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton to take on Jinder Mahal, Rusev, and Corbin. Styles even had time during this match to give the referee a ‘Too Sweet’ (hand gesture for those that don’t know) and Corbin,
Styles even had time during this match to give the referee a ‘Too Sweet’ hand gesture, which caused Corbin, Mahal, and Rusev to get upset, as they were trying to get the referee to do the gesture with them beforehand.
WWE fans love Styles, so they'll sit around a little while longer just to see him wrestle in the ring, even if that means sitting through 205 Live to see it happen.