Although the transfer window is drawing to a close in the football world, WWE themselves have landed four key signings.
In the Aftermath of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest event, Wrestling Kingdom 10, it was confirmed that four of its biggest stars shall be leaving for the WWE. ‘The king of hard style’ Shinsuke Nakamura, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, as well as ‘The Phenomenal One’, and the leader of the Bullet Club, AJ Styles.
Ring of Honour also announced that Styles will make his final appearance tomorrow night, as he expected to be a regular full-time performer with the WWE. It is rumoured that Styles will fly to Tampa as soon as possible as he is rumoured to be making an appearance at the prestigious Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
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As for Styles fellow wrestlers, it is undecided whether they will follow Styles straight into the limelight or whether they shall be sent to NXT, much like Samoa Joe and Finn Bálor.
Due to the current injury crisis that has crippled the main roster it would make sense to utilise as much talent as they can, as many superstars from NXT are expected to make the leap into the main roster. Style’s presence, and reputation, would certainly make up for the lack of big names.
Styles has had an illustrious career to say the least, perfecting his trade in TNA for a decade where he claimed 19 titles, before moving over to NJPW and Ring of honour. In Japan, Styles claimed the IWGP heavyweight championship twice, and has been thrilling audiences for over the years. It is no surprise that Vince McMahon signed up the veteran.
Regardless of the direction McMahon elects to push Styles, he can have little concern about the money Styles will draw in through appearances at pay per views, merchandise and so on. Judging from these signings the WWE has significant plans, and seem to be prioritising genuine wrestling ability with entertainment.
Styles hasn’t been shy about rumours linking him to the WWE, and even teased a potential Royal Rumble appearance, during the Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes event. Styles came out to thank the fans for their support, as well as adding to speculation by stating “You put me in that Royal Rumble, and I'm going to kick some ass for you guys”.
Putting Styles in the Royal Rumble is undoubtedly what’s best for business as many young fans may be unaware of Styles. Pitching him alongside the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Sheamus and Kevin Owens, would be a great way of introducing Styles to the WWE universe.
Speculation of Styles’ appearance will draw a knowledgeable, diehard wrestling crowd, so one may expect a tremendous atmosphere, in what should be one of the greatest WWE pay per views of all time.