WWE news: AJ Styles named PWI's wrestler of the decade

AJ Styles has been named wrestler of the decade by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine.

The Phenomenal One has truly had a, well, phenomenal decade, starring in several different promotions, including TNA, NJPW and then finally WWE.

Styles stunned the entire wrestling universe when he made his long-awaited WWE debut at the Royal Rumble in 2016, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Ever since that night, the 42-year-old has gone on to win the WWE Championship twice, and the United States Championship three times, but the amount of top-tier matches he has put on has been endless, and long may that continue.

There was once a time where you would have been laughed at if you ever even suggested Styles wrestling in WWE, but he’s a firmly established superstar on the roster, and his longevity in the industry and his experiences elsewhere certainly aid that.

But it’s not just his work in WWE that should be acknowledged, especially over the past decade.

He carried TNA in large parts, and stayed loyal to the brand even when it seemed to be on its last legs. 

The amount of championship belts he carried for that promotion is second to none, and he continuously proved night after night just how vital he was.

It’s not just America where he’s dominated, either, as he’s become a household name all around the world, largely down to his appearances in promotions such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor.

Although large parts of his top-level work was before 2010, we cannot ignore just what a successful decade Styles has had.

He’s gone on to win countless awards, as well as championships, and long may that continue.

AJ Styles is supremely talented in the ring, and he can hold his own on the microphone, so let’s hope we can see a lot more of him in the next decade.

No matter what happens from 2020 to 2030, we can all look back at 2010 to 2020 and say it was truly a phenomenal decade.

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