Okay, we all know AJ Styles has been a World Champion before in TNA. However, he has yet to hold the TNA World Heavyweight Title. He did win the NWA/TNA Title, but that was well over four years ago.
Do you see that number? Four freaking years ago. See, AJ Styles, considered one of the best wrestlers in the world today, was massively misused in TNA for almost half a decade.
Why? Because TNA thought it had to put the old, tired veterans in the World Title spotlight.
This was and still is very wrong. Guys like Mick Foley are no longer believable World Champions, and giving them the title and AJ a tag or "Legends" Championship is insulting not only to the fans, but Styles himself.
They finally gave respect to him last night at No Surrender by allowing him to be TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
He is so very valuable to TNA, yet they have apparently not seen that for a while. I find it puzzling that once Jeff Jarrett was basically taken out of booking control and sent home, the younger stars started getting a chance.
More has been done with Matt Morgan, Eric Young, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels over this time. Many thought seeing Dixie Carter taking over more would kind of kill TNA, but apparently this isn't the case.
Since Jarrett has been out of the picture, TNA has started getting better. The one thing I was not into was how they treated their younger stars, and I think others thought the same.
TNA's creative team probably figured this out, too. I mean, how could they not listen to the fans? This is all for them, right? Or am I the only one who thinks this?
Many people love AJ and feel that the Phenomenal One deserved to win a World Title. How long could you keep him out of the picture?
He has been a main event choice for what feels like forever and he was a former three-time World Champion, so it's not like he has never seen the main event spotlight before.
Styles is now a four-time World Champion and one-time TNA Heavyweight Champion. I could not even explain how happy I am to see it.
As many of you know, we had a little competition here on B/R the other day. It was about who made the biggest impact on wrestling. One article was on Styles. Many thought it was a crazy notion. I mean, AJ Styles?
But once I read the article, I had to agree a lot with the writer, Hayley-L Graham.
Styles has done so much for TNA, probably more than anyone in the company. Some could say Jeff Jarrett did the most, but one could argue AJ did more. Sure, Jarrett is the founder and without him, AJ Styles may not be as big as he is today.
But, the man who carried the company from day one was AJ Styles. He was rewarded for it by being the World Champion during that time.
But once they acquired Kurt Angle, Christian Cage, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Sting, Kevin Nash, and Mick Foley, it was like AJ Styles was never in the company. He had to start over and for what? Because he was not a former WWE or WCW wrestler?
He deserves more respect, and I am glad Dixie Carter is doing that.
She is pushing the deserving young talent and I am sure more will be pushed as time goes on. You can keep the vets involved, but they don't have to be the main focus because people such as Styles and Morgan will be around for possibly another 10 years.
Where will Foley, Nash, and Angle be? Probably retired and at home watching TNA. Your future is in your younger talent, and someone in TNA figured this out and told a few people.
Apparently, they caught on to what the fans have been saying for years. It's about time TNA.
Finally, there is a bit of genius showing.
Finally, TNA looks like it could possibly compete with the likes of the WWE.
Finally, TNA is giving us what we want.
And finally, AJ Styles is TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
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