A top WWE superstar missed a recent WWE event.
That superstar is former WWE Champion AJ Styles. He was supposed to work Thursday’s WWE live event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Styles made his name known while in TNA Wrestling, now known as Impact Wrestling, from 2002–2013. During his time with TNA, he was dubbed "Mr. TNA".While in TNA, Styles held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice. Also, he was the first holder of the X Division Championship, a title he held six times.
Styles was the first professional wrestler ever to complete the TNA Triple Crown (five times) and the TNA Grand Slam (two times). Styles accomplishments continued from there. He appeared in Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2002–2006 where he became the first ROH Pure Champion. In 2014, Styles signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and won his first of two IWGP Heavyweight Championships in his debut match with the company.
Styles first appeared on WWE television in 2002 but turned down a developmental contract he was offered by the company. He signed a multi-year contract with WWE fourteen years later in January 2016 and made his re-debut at that month's Royal Rumble.
After appearing at his first WrestleMania that April against Chris Jericho, Styles headlined multiple pay-per-view events en route to winning the WWE Championship at Backlash in September. He held the title up until 2017's Royal Rumble in January. Also in 2016. Styles has also won the United States Championship twice.
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live in Seattle, WA at the KeyArena on the USA Network, WWE started a program between Styles and WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. It appears that Styles will challenge Mahal at the upcoming Clash Of Champions pay-per-view event, which takes place on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts at the TD Garden and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. This will be an exclusive SmackDown Live brand event.
Styles flew with the SmackDown Live roster for Thursday’s show but he was not cleared to wrestle. According to reports from the show, he was dealing with a stomach illness. This led to Styles staying back at his hotel. However, he should be okay and return to in-ring action for Friday’s show.
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