Styles also happens to be the most decorated wrestler at TNA, having been a four time Triple Crown Champion and Grand Slam Champion.note The NWA and TNA World Heavyweight Titles are not the same, however both are eligible for the triple crown. Even more notably, he's the only wrestler to have ever won ALL SIX of the championships ever made eligible for Triple Crown and/or Grand Slam status in TNA history.
Badass: Beating Tommy Dreamer in an "I Quit" match, kicking Kurt Angle's ass, being one of the best parts of TNA every night, yeah, he qualifies.
Breakup Breakout: In WCW, he was half of a tag team called Air Raid with a guy named Air Paris. After WCW closed, neither WWE nor TNA wanted Air Paris, and he's since been confined to small indy feds.
Calling the Old Man Out: Got an absolutely EPIC one by calling Immortal out on everything the fans had been complaining about since the start of the Immortal storyline. You could literally hear the fandom rejoicing as the crowd gave him one of the largest cheers in TNA's history.
Demoted to Extra+Redemption Promotion: As a face, A.J. tends to be in the upper card; as a heel, he tends to be stuck in the mid-card, playing second fiddle to other more important heels. It had gotten really bad in the early goings of Fortune, where he shared second-in-command status with Kazarian under Ric Flair. Yes, Mr. TNA, The Phenomenal One, was at the bottom of the heap and needed help to beat Rob Terry. By the time it started getting better and he and Fortune were stomping EV2.0 every week…Flair soon had them join in on Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan's conspiracy gang. AJ was literally answering to three people before Fortune decided they were done using and dealing with Immortal.
Recently averted. His run in 2012 as a face was the worst of his career, losing to Christopher Daniels with his own finishing move and playing the personal Butt Monkey to Bad Influence for months. Since his return as what can be best described as a Chaotic Neutraltweener, he has been dominant, beating James Storm cleanly and leaving havoc in his wake mostly via Death Glare.
The Dog Bites Back: Eric Bischoff treated A.J. very badly, insulting him and even making fun of his hometown. A.J. eventually had enough and broke away from Immortal, taking all of Fortune with him in a Crowning Moment of Awesome, dividing Immortal's numbers and costing Jeff Hardy the World Title.
Expy: Another Ric Flair one, acknowledged in-universe as Ric mentoring A.J. It didn't really work.
Now he's one to Sting. Particularly from 1997.
Eye Scream: As a Heel he loves going for the eye, a standard heel trick, except he does it with objects, like pens and forks.
Finishing Move: The Styles Clash; also, the Pele Kick which became a meme thanks to Don West's overacting, equally impressive is his Superman.
Georgia On My Mind: A proud southerner, A.J. possesses a fairly thick accent and is usually portrayed as a heroic character; one of Eric Bischoff's dog kicking moments was him calling A.J. an inbred hillbilly redneck.
I Am Song: His entrance theme, and it could easily be the Trope Codifier - the original version of the song (And several remixes) is actually called "I Am" & it has actually been remixed to purely focus on the "I am, I am" refrain of the chorus on one occasion, with this now being the only part of the original theme that remains.
I Coulda Been a Contender: Having wrestled exclusively for TNA for his physical prime and been promoted as their top face, Styles nevertheless has had a checkered career. This was perhaps inevitable since TNA's paradigm has little use for consistent babyfaces. Over the years, Styles has been swerved by Sting, buried by Hulk Hogan after making unkind real-life remarks about him, reenacted the Montreal Screwjob with Kurt Angle, became a protégé of Ric Flair (a gimmick which died early, as the "New" Nature Boy gimmick didn't stick), and through it all more or less remained a midcard wrestler.
His alliance with Ric Flair seemed to become this for a couple of months after he lost the world championship in 2010. Then came the formation of Fortune.
Ironic Echo: The first two times he won the NWA World Heavyweight title from Jeff Jarrett, both matches saw an assist from Vince Russo, who AJ would embrace in his celebration. The irony is, the first time was a Face-Heel Turn, the second a solid babyface moment (Russo had recently changed his ways before becoming director of authority, and Jarrett brought his guitar into the steel cage—which is what Russo hoped to prevent when he made it a cage match).
Large Ham: Though not the largest in the business, when compared to the non-Ric Flair members of Fortune he's pretty over the top, Ric Flair's mentoring had improved his previously lacking promo skills.
"AJ Styles is going to make Tommy Dreamer say "Stop it A.J., stop it, I Quit A.J., I Quit!" In AJ Styles's House."
Light is Good: As a face, A.J. goes to the ring with a pure white outfit surrounded by a shower of sparks with an entrance video that's red with a white background.
He seems to recognize this. He's always had an affinity for blue, and he tends to wear dark blue◊as a heel, and light blue◊ as a face
Lightning Bruiser: A guy as acrobatic as him should not be able to pick up Samoa Joe or Abyss, or be able to casually stand up while caught in a jujigatame.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Generally averted, since he's got such a reputation as one of the nicest people in the business today. That, alongside his incredible talent, means most attempts at turning him heel have been lukewarm at best since you just wanna cheer for him.
Pet the Dog: He may be a smarmy arrogant showboat as a heel but he is loyal to Ric Flair, and his company, and the fellow members of Fortune.
Even as a heel he is portrayed as a consummate family man; he got injured once making sure his kid was alright. This gave the Claire Lynch storyline extra punch since his reputation was so sterling.
His lone-wolf darkhorse character, which came partially as a result of said Claire Lynch, was eventually explained that since the rest of TNA didn't care about all he'd been through, he decided to focus only on winning matches and making money for himself…and his family.
Popularity Power: Regardless of whether he's a Face or a Heel, A.J.'s such an awesome wrestler that he will always get the loudest pop.
Sacrificial Lion: In the Fortune vs. Immortal feud, A.J. had finally regained his chutzpah, turned face and was bringing the fight to Immortal with a vengeance... until Bully Ray superbombed him through a table which paralyzed A.J. Considering A.J. was Fortune's leader, the group was looking rough until a certain individual decided toreturn.
Sharp-Dressed Man: One of the few good things to come of his 2010 heel run; if you're hanging around the Nature Boy, you'd better keep up in the wardrobe department.
Take That: Gave one to Batista when he called A.J. a Spot Monkey and not a real wrestler. A.J. said in return, "I think it's funny that a guy who takes a bump and tears his back tells me that I don't know how to wrestle."