WWE's plans for AJ Styles at Royal Rumble originally had different ending

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Almost two weeks on from the Royal Rumble, the WWE Universe has been fairly unanimous in declaring the 2016 version of the popular pay-per-view a huge success - from Triple H's late arrival to the Last Man Standing undercard, there were plenty of great moments.

Ranking high on that list would have to be the WWE debut of AJ Styles. The veteran wrestler emerging to huge applause to take his place in the Rumble event, before being ousted by Kevin Owens.Now, though, 

Now, though, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed the original plan WWE had in store for Styles on January 24.


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According to the publication, via NoDq, the WWE hierarchy had originally wanted Dean Ambrose to be the man to dump AJ Styles out of the ring during the Rumble.

It was only after they realized what a pop Styles would get from the well-informed WWE crowd that plans were changed, and Kevin Owens was given the job of ending his debut early.

Styles and Owens have history outside of WWE, of course. Then performing under his birth name, Kevin Steen, Owens and Styles came head-to-head a number of times on the independent circuit.

With both now in the WWE, it looks like the creative team could attempt to utilise the duo's past to help Styles get over with the new crowd. It is, however, a little poor that they weren't aware of this possibility from the off.

The fans certainly enjoyed the Phenomenal One's first foray into life in the WWE, and he was given almost 29 minutes in the ring to show his talents before Owens interrupted. 

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