WWE Rumors: AJ Styles' Injury Is '100% Legitimate' After Match Stopped at Live Show

Adam WellsDecember 30, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 21:  WWE  professional wrestler A.J. Styles visits Fox 29's 'Good Day' at FOX 29 Studio on July 21, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
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AJ Styles could miss time after suffering an ankle injury during a WWE house show on Thursday night.

Per Mike Johnson of PW Insider, the Phenomenal One's injury is "100 percent legitimate" and not part of the storyline for the match between the O.C. and The Judgment Day.

"Styles was having issues putting weight on his left foot after the match and was walked out by WWE officials," Johnson wrote.

B/R's Erik Beaston posted a picture of Styles sitting on the ground outside the ring, with Karl Anderson and Mia Yim by his side.

Erik Beaston @ErikBeaston

Possible AJ Styles ankle/lower leg injury. X up. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWEHershey?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WWEHershey</a> <a href="https://t.co/Y8ul5uTaKA">pic.twitter.com/Y8ul5uTaKA</a>

Beaston also noted the referee put up the "X" signal that is used to indicate to the back a legitimate injury occurred and requires medical assistance.

According to Johnson, Styles is expected to get the injury examined as soon as possible. His status won't be determined until after a diagnosis is made.

The O.C. and Judgment Day recently wrapped up a feud that began in October when Anderson and Luke Gallows returned to WWE to team up with Styles.

Styles defeated Finn Bálor at Survivor Series: WarGames, while Yim was on Bianca Belair's team that defeated Rhea Ripley and Team Bayley in a WarGames match.

Most recently, the O.C. has been working against Baron Corbin, Chad Gable and Otis in a six-person feud. Styles defeated Sami Zayn in a singles match on the Dec. 19 episode of Raw.

If Styles has to miss time, it could force WWE to alter its plans for WrestleMania season. It's unknown what his role is going to be at the Royal Rumble, though he would presumably be in the men's Rumble match.

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