-->'''Get ready to fly!'''
-->--''AJ Styles's entrance theme''
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'''Allen Neal Jones''', (born in 1977) is a {{professional wrestl|ing}}er trained by Rick Michaels who debuted in 1998 with National Championship Wrestling in Georgia as '''Mr. Olympia'''. NCW would then merge with [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] Georgia to become NWA Wildside, where he would take up the name he is much better known by, '''AJ Styles'''. AJ's exploits would earn him recognition from Wrestling/{{WCW}}, who briefly repackaged him as '''Jason Styles''', then brought in his rival Air Paris and changed Jason's name to '''Air Styles''' with hopes to turn the two of them into a hot new tag team. It was not to be since that company went under, but AJ would come to be known best for his time working for Wrestling/{{TNA}}, being one of the four people (besides Wrestling/JeffJarrett, Wrestling/JamesStorm, and Abyss) who have worked for [=TNA=] continuously since its very first PPV up to the move to the second Impact Zone in the Spike TV era.

While Wrestling/RingOfHonor had already done two shows, he was at one point considered one of those responsible for building that promotion up too, being its first Pure Wrestling Champion. Unfortunately for ROH, he, tag team partner Amazing Red and a few others, were barred from continued work with Ring Of Honor by TNA. He would eventually be allowed to make a few limited returns to Ring Of Honor though, given the erratic relations between the two companies up until his TNA contract fell through, allowing him to show up whenever he pleased.

Among his many other wrestling accomplishments, he is an IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion, Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla Champion, an NWA Wildside Heavyweight Champion, a Ballpark Brawl Natural Heavyweight Champion, a 3X NWA Wildside Television Title belt, 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-t.html NWA World Tag Team Champion]][[note]]1x with Wrestling/JerryLynn, 1x with Abyss and 2x with Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels[[/note]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 6x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-x.html TNA X-Division Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-tv.html TNA Legends/Global/Television Champion]] and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-t.html TNA World Tag Team Champion]][[note]]1x with Tomko and 1x with Wrestling/KurtAngle[[/note]], a Junior Heavyweight Champion in the New Korea Pro Wrestling Association and a Cruiserweight Champion in Australian WWA. He returned to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling in 2014 and added two IWGP Heavyweight Title reigns to his resume, picking up the FWE Heavyweight title while he was at it.

As usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AJ_Styles The Other Wiki]] has a detailed profile of his career. Also, don't confuse him with Wrestling/AJLee.

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!!! "I will never find a trope list, quite like yours again."
* TheAce
** He's strong and fast, an excellent high flier, and he's got some great technical chops, JackOfAllStats + LightningBruiser = TheAce.
** He was the ace of the whole NWA, particularly Wildside. Styles also happens to be the most decorated wrestler at TNA, having been a four time Triple Crown Champion and Grand Slam Champion. Even more notably, he's the only wrestler to have ever won ALL SIX of the title belts ever made eligible for Triple Crown and/or Grand Slam status in TNA history.[[note]]The NWA and TNA World Heavyweight Titles are not the same, however both are eligible for the triple crown and grand slam. Ditto for both sets of tag belts.[[/note]]
** Despite never being a full time part of the International Wrestling Cartel's roster, he was the first person to win the IWC's Match of the year three years in a row. A time limit draw with Wrestling/ColtCabana in 2003, defending the Super Indy Title against Christopher Daniels in 2004 and defeating Matt Hardy in 2005.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent
** Wrestling/MichelleMcCool is sort of a DistaffCounterpart to him. Starting in 2009 when Michelle started using the Styles Clash, which she renamed the Faith Breaker, as her finishing move. Later became more apparent when she and Wrestling/{{Layla}} started wearing hooded robes as part of their Wrestling/LayCool entrance. Oddly extends to RealLife as well, since both are devout Christians from the DeepSouth.
** He faced [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison John Hennigan]] in a two out of three falls match at Family Wrestling Entertainment on March 11th 2015. The two had frequently been compared to each other while Styles was in TNA and ''Hennigan/Nitro/Morrsion'' was in WWE.
* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter
** The basis of his feud with Jason Cross in NWA Wildside. The two were the same size but Jason was (slightly) younger and managed by Jeff G. Bailey.
** Luke Hawxs claims he can teach AJ the proper way to do the moves ''AJ invented''.
* ArchEnemy
** [[AmoralAttorney Jeff G. Bailey]] in NWA Wildside, Prince Nana in ROH.
** In TNA it's a little harder to discern, seeing as AJ has been in the promotion since the very beginning, meaning he's feuded with just about ''everybody''. Nonetheless, Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels probably has the strongest claim, simply because of how many times him and AJ have feuded over the years, more or less due to Daniels's jealousy, and the fact that the other half of the time, him and AJ are best friends. Daniels went as far as conspiring with Kaz on various ways to ruin AJ's life.
** In New Japan he, Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada, and Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi are all big time rivals for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship with allies in their corners.
** The closest he's got in ROH since leaving TNA is Adam Cole. This started with Cole's attack on AJ with the ROH title belt, then expanded into a stable war as Cole established The Kingdom and AJ's Bullet Club allies started backing him up in ROH.
* {{Badass}}
** After Paul London was injured, AJ Styles earned a shot at the ROH Tag Team Championship belts by himself against three other teams, the Backseat Boyz, Carnage Crew and the Spanish Announce Team!
** Beating Wrestling/TommyDreamer in an "I Quit" match, kicking Wrestling/KurtAngle's ass, being one of the best parts of TNA every night, yeah, he qualifies. See {{Determinator}} below for another great example.
* BadassInANiceSuit: A trademark of Fortune in general, especially under Flair.
* BashBrothers: The Amazing Red and [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]] in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, whom he allied with to fight the Prophecy after [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] was injured. Paul didn't approve of these new partners. Also when he teamed with former prophecy leader Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels. Then with Christian's "Problem Solver", Tyson Tomko. Tomko and AJ would eventually desert Christian Cage.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: When he teamed with Tomko.
* BigShutUp: Prone to directing them at the fans of Zero 1, which was [[{{Bathos}} funny]] because they crowd was [[JapanesePoliteness so sedate already]].
* BitingTheHandHumor: Subtle, since AJ was always bursting with praise for TNA but if one read through or listened carefully enough to his "shoot" interviews, he had some comical criticism too. A recurring one regarded the difficulty of running with ladders, doing so in "the king of the mountain" concept match in particular. Another was Wrestling/RobVanDam being given the world title despite having little interest in putting over wrestlers he had not approved of prior to joining TNA. Another was deconstructing the idea that TNA gave him a lighter schedule than the other companies he had worked for. If you want onscreen examples, look no further than Christian's Coalition or Fourtune.
* BreakupBreakout: In WCW, he was called Air Styles and 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.
* BringIt: AJ screamed it at Wrestling/LowKi when he made his Ring Of Honor debut, and Low Ki did in fact bring it.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Got an absolutely [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 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.
* CarpetOfVirility: Perhaps to go with his "lone wolf" gimmick but the formerly clean shaven Styles got a lot more hairy during the time in which he "left" TNA and stayed that way for awhile when he left for real.
* CodeOfHonour: Besides Ring Of Honor's, which Styles had been apart of since the days when following was mandatory, Styles also claimed the X Division, of which he was a found, had such a code.
* CombinationAttack: Air Raid had a drop toe hold by Paris to a rolling senton by Styles, a double power bomb and a double hip toss face buster they called Crash N' Burn.
* CommutingOnABus: Sort of. TNA explained AJ's lack of points in the 2012 Bound For Glory Series as him wrestling less matches do to working with Pro Wrestling Elite in the UK (or, perhaps against it, the event was called ''Elite vs Phenomenal'') and returning to Australia.
* ContinuityNod: Still occasionally homages Ric Flair, despite the Fortune storyline being long over and Flair at first, then both men, putting TNA in rearview.
* CoolShades: His earlier runs, such as Air Raid in WCW.
* {{Crossover}}
** Besides the Ring Of Honor's usual deals that saw AJ crossing over with TNA and CZW, or TNA's for that matter, which saw crossover with New Japan and (towards the end) Wrestle-1, he also showed up on MTV's ''Made'' alongside Taylor Wilde, Wrestling/AngelinaLove and Wrestling/VelvetSky.
** The International Wrestling Cartel boasts that his match with Wrestling/MattHardy at ''No Excuses 2005'' was one of the few legitimate WWE vs TNA inter promotional matches. TNA(AJ Styles) won.
** One that particularly stood out during his supposed walkout with the TNA title, footage of him defending the belt against Judas Mesias in Wrestling/{{AAA}} played and he announced he would be in Wrestling/TheGreatMuta's Wrestle 1 next(where he would go on to successfully retain against Seiya Sanada). In many ways, AJ's retread of the Summer Of Punk was inferior but the one thing TNA did better is that AJ actually did take the World title to other promotions.
* CrowdChant: In TNA "Who's your daddy." After the Claire Lynch thing had run its course.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Downplayed. AJ was a thought-to-be lifer for TNA, having been there since the very first show and stuck by the company through thick and thin. While his contract squabbles were known at the time, his UndyingLoyalty to the company preceded him and it was thought he would re-sign. His leaving was genuinely shocking, and many fans consider it to be a sign that the company is on its last leg.
* DavidVersusGoliath: AJ's not a particularly large pro wrestler, but early into his career in Georgia he was the Goliath versus 4'11 105 lbs Fantasy, who did manage to pin him at least once.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The only person in the International Wrestling Cartel considered more difficult to defeat than AJ Styles is…ironically, the only other person eligible to accomplish what he has in TNA. Abyss. Not only is AJ a two time Super Indy Champion, but he's never lost the title in a match. The only reason he doesn't have an even better IWC record are because of his overseas tours and because of TNA.
* DemotedToExtra+RedemptionPromotion
** 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 Wrestling/RicFlair. Yes, Mr. Wrestling/{{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 Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/HulkHogan's conspiracy gang. AJ was literally answering to three people before Fortune decided they were done using and dealing with Immortal.
** Was reversed later. 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 ButtMonkey to Bad Influence for months. Since his return as what can be best described as a ChaoticNeutral [[WildCard tweener]], he has been dominant, beating Wrestling/JamesStorm cleanly and leaving havoc in his wake mostly via DeathGlare.
* {{Determinator}}
** This aspect of his tends to be quite underestimated in light of his already incredible talents, but you don't get to be ''the face'' for modern wrestlers who've never been under contract to Wrestling/VinceMcMahon without showing moments of superior toughness.
** During the tournament to crown the first [=RoH=] Pure Champion, every one of his opponents targeted AJ Style's knee, including it getting dropped onto concrete during his final match up with CM Punk. Didn't stop him from winning the whole thing though.
** On his final night in TNA, it took [[{{Nepotism}} Ethan Carter III]], [[ButtMonkey Rockstar Spud]], [[LethalJokeCharacter The Bro-Mans]], [[DumbassDJ DJ Zema Ion]], [[WeUsedToBeFriends Bad Influence]], and finally three [[SignatureMove Death Valley Neckbreakers]] from Wrestling/BobbyRoode, combined with various abuses of referees from all the above as well as preemptive assaults beforehand on anyone and everyone who would've otherwise covered his back against them, for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dixie Carter]] to finally be able to help [[DealWithTheDevil Magnus]] put him down for the count and become Undisputed Champion.
** As TheChampion of the Wrestling/BulletClub in NJPW, he faced off against Suzukigun leader and all-around {{badass}} Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki during the G1 Climax tournament. Suzuki did everything he possibly could to break Styles and make him submit—stiffing him, tossing him into the stands, locking in vicious armbars, and even bending the man's fingers out of shape for over a minute at one point. Still, AJ not only withstood everything Suzuki gave him, he fought back and dealt plenty of damage himself, hurting and frustrating the mighty Suzuki. Even Suzukigun's Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) came out to interfere on Minoru's behalf only to be chased off by Bullet Club's A-Team (Anderson and Gallows). In the end, Styles concluded a 16-minute classic with a Styles Clash on Suzuki for the pin, earning both points in the G1 tournament and the love of the New Japan crowd despite this being a [[EvilVersusEvil heel vs. heel]] encounter. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter would name this 2014's Match of the Year.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: So Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are accusing AJ Styles of getting a drunken crackhead he's trying to get treatment for pregnant and in a shocking betrayal, she believes them and sides against AJ. Whatever, it's TNA. What was dumb was that in the face of these allegations, Styles challenged Daniels to a match on the stipulation he would admit to being the father of Lynch's child if Daniels could beat him but if (when) Styles won, he'd get a paternity test to see if he was really the father or not (he wasn't, in fact there wasn't even a baby). Phenomenal wrestler or not, that AJ Styles really worked out a bad deal for himself.
* TheDogBitesBack: 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 CrowningMomentOfAwesome, dividing Immortal's numbers and costing Wrestling/JeffHardy the World Title.
* TheDragon: As a heel he often finds himself here.
* DragonInChief: Serves as this in New Japan with Wrestling/BulletClub. Karl Anderson is the de facto leader of the group (mainly due to Karl's longevity and the fact that AJ's representing the belt in the American indies while only working New Japan's major dates), but AJ's the one holding the IWGP Title making him the one to beat.
* {{Expy}}
** Another Wrestling/RicFlair one, acknowledged in-universe as Ric mentoring A.J. It didn't really work.
** So TNA made him one to Wrestling/{{Sting}}. Particularly Sting from 1997.
* EyeScream: As a {{Heel}} he loves going for the eye, a standard heel trick, except he does it with objects, like pens and forks.
* TheFace: Of TNA as a whole for 11 years, and of the stable Wrestling/{{Fortune}} for at least one of those eleven. After leaving TNA and going to Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, he would become this as a DragonInChief / [[BigBadDuumvirate co-leader]] for the stable Wrestling/BulletClub. As alluded above, he's at least a great candidate for the face of modern-era American wrestlers who've never been contracted to or "made by" WWE.
* {{Fingore}}: Thankfully his hands still work but his wedding ring cannot fit over his fingers anymore due to jamming them.
* FinishingMove: The Styles Clash, [[ThrowItIn a move AJ created when he botched a power bomb]]. Jimmy Rave claimed he was really the one to create the move, leading to them having a match with the loser no longer being allowed to use it in Ring Of Honor (AJ won). Then there is the springboard 450 splash fans dubbed the [[{{HSQ}} Superman]]. Less notable are the Calf Killer (a compression lock with his shin that's actually banned in a few real sports) and a corkscrew senton he calls spiral tap.
* FleetingDemographicRule: AJ's "leaving with the title" storyline with Dixie Carter is clearly a rehash of Wrestling/CMPunk's famous "Summer of Punk II" storyline which catapulted Punk to super stardom. As such, the storyline didn't work for several reasons. For one, this trope is also known as the ''Seven Year'' Rule, and Punk's storyline occurred in 2011 -- meaning that everyone still remembers it since it has only been two years since then, causing all the fans to (rightly) call it a rip off. Then there's the fact that AJ's notorious reputation as a company man, which only hurts the storyline since he doesn't blur the line between reality and kayfabe as nearly as well as Punk, who is well known for his managerial disputes and his difficulty to work with. Plus, the role of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon has been delegated to Dixie Carter, who, to be quite honest, should ''not'' be on television. However, what killed the storyline were AJ's own contractual disputes, which, like Punk's at the time, were legitimate. ''Unlike'' Punk, AJ didn't re-sign (something that was actually shocking considering his reputation), forcing them to take the title off him in a highly contrived way and kill his career in TNA.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
** In Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, enough to unseat Low Ki's position as such.
** He was briefly hired by La Legion Extranjera in Wrestling/{{AAA}}.
** Has become one in New Japan teaming up with Bullet Club, a Stable of Gaijins who use underhanded methods to win.
* [[SweetHomeAlabama Georgia On My Mind]]: A proud southerner, A.J. possesses a fairly thick accent and is usually portrayed as a heroic figure; one of Eric Bischoff's [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] moments was him calling A.J. an inbred hillbilly redneck.
* TheHero: Formerly to Ring Of Honor as a {{Face}}, particularly against Christopher Daniel's Prophecy. Then in TNA against such rogues as "The Kings Of Wrestling"/Planet Jarret, The Main Event Mafia and Immortal.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels. They've even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments named their children after each other]].
* IAmSong: His entrance theme, and it could easily be the TropeCodifier - 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. Heck, even Fortune's theme was a "We Are" song—the team version of this trope.
* ICouldaBeenAContender
** 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 Wrestling/RicFlair (a [[TheGimmick gimmick]] which died early, as the "New" Nature Boy label didn't stick), got pinned clean by Nash(!) for the Championship belt, got laid out by Dixie's hubby (with one punch), and through it all more or less remained a midcard wrestler.
** He was obviously planned for bigger things in ROH but TNA pulled him out of the promotion while he was still the Pure Wrestling Champion. By the time AJ Styles came back, the show had gone on without him and he ended up repeatedly jobbing to former protege Jimmy Rave.
** To be honest, for AJ it's "I ''Shoulda'' Been a Contender," since it's generally agreed upon that he should've been the face of TNA, and that the only reason he isn't is because of booking and TNA's incompetence, something that is no fault of AJ himself.
** As the company circles the drain in 2015, TNA offered AJ an olive branch (along with a hefty sum of money) to wrestle one last match at ''Slammiversary'' in exchange for being inducted into their Hall of Fame. AJ, wanting to prioritize his ROH and New Japan career and likely remembering the way he was carelessly written out of ''Impact'', [[TheDogBitesBack turned them down flat.]]
* IHaveTheHighGround: Mr. Olympia used to be known for chaining together different suplexes and being a superior mat wrestler. He took to jumping on the top rope and turnbuckle more when he found himself competing for attention with much larger wrestlers, such as Abyss in Wildside. Even after he established himself on TNA Impact, Don West would negatively contrast 'little' AJ to the towering Matt Morgan (AJ's shorter but still taller than the average American man) and argue that AJ had lost his 'hunger' when he stopped flying around as much.
* InTheHood: He peeks out from under it briefly during his entrance. He even got hooded versions of Ric Flair's robes.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
** As a member of the Angle Alliance. He very rarely won a match, and it got to the point where you just felt bad for him taking second-banana to Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/KevinNash, etc.
** His alliance with Wrestling/RicFlair seemed to become this for a couple of months after he lost the world title belt in 2010. Then came the formation of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad For]][[TrueCompanions tune]].
* IronicEcho
** The first two times he won the NWA World Heavyweight title from Wrestling/JeffJarrett, both matches saw an assist from Wrestling/VinceRusso, who AJ would embrace in his celebration. The irony is, the first time was a FaceHeelTurn, the second a solid babyface moment (Russo had [[RealLifeWritesThePlot changed his ways]], not long before, before becoming [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure 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).
** Then there's TheReveal of [[MassiveMultiplayerScam Immortal]] (and Fortune's [[VillainTeamUp association with them]]) followed up by the ConspiracyRedemption HeelFaceTurn of all of Fortune.
* {{Irony}}: One of the main reasons the rehash of the famous "Summer of Punk" storyline fell flat is because AJ was a well-known company man, but that's not what killed the storyline all together. The reason it worked the first time around is because Punk, issues with management and all, ''did'' end up re-signing. AJ, who was a well-known company man (keyword here being "was") ''didn't'', having finally gotten sick of the bullshit the company has put him and his colleagues/friends through over the last decade. This led to one of the most over-booked matches in the history of TNA (which is really saying something), in order to take the title off him while still trying to keep him strong, making the entire storyline a failure and leaving the company grasping straws. Meanwhile, Punk's match with Cena for the title is widely regarded as the best match the WWE has had this ''century''. His departure also started a gradual exodus of long time TNA talent (including Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/SamoaJoe), which reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2015 as several wrestlers such as James Storm and Wrestling/AustinAries requested their release from the company. Meanwhile, Punk's storyline allowed him and Wrestling/DanielBryan to kick down several doors in the WWE, leading to a gradual income of young, prominent talent from the indies being signed ([[HilariousInHindsight also including Samoa Joe]]). The parallels have not been lost on ''anyone''.
* ItsPersonal: In 2014 he expressed his frustration at never getting to be Ring Of Honor's World Heavyweight Champion. However, he was willing to turn down a shot at the title to get at Adam Cole, who had hit him with it from behind (a big no no in ROH code, in case you're wondering. He was IWGP champion anyway so not having the ROH belt didn't hurt ''too much''). Styles would get his revenge on Cole at ''ROH All Star Extravaganza VI'' and indeed may have been set back on a title shot, since Michael Elgin went on to lose to Jay Briscoe.
* {{Jobber}}: On various Wrestling/{{W|orld Wrestling Federation}}WF {{B show}}s. WWE would later offer him a developmental contract but it was too little too late.
* {{Joisey}}: During a TNA/Jersey All Pro Wrestling cross promotional event, AJ Styles tried to have all of TNA's "backstage passes" revoked on the grounds he didn't want to deal with any of New Jersey's people.
* LargeHam: Though not the largest in the business, when compared to the non-Wrestling/RicFlair members of Fortune he's pretty over the top, Wrestling/RicFlair'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."''
* LetsYouAndHimFight: In the Fatal Four Way Ladder Match at Hardcore Justice 2012, AJ let Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle beat the piss out of Christopher Daniels and then came in at the last moment to get up the ladder and win the match.
* LightIsGood
** 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 [[http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID1734/images/4.jpg dark blue]]as a heel, and [[http://bishopsbuildingservices.co.uk/psds/data/media/132/AJStylesHinton1_2.png light blue]] as a face
* LightningBruiser: A guy as acrobatic as him should not be able to pick up Wrestling/SamoaJoe or Abyss, or be able to casually stand up while caught in a jujigatame. Hell, AJ Styles has snatched Low Ki out of mid air, while Low Ki was in the middle of a phoenix splash!
* MadeOfIron: He's been dropped on his head a disturbing amount of times during his TNA tenure but still moves around well and seems to have not suffered long term mental damage from it.
* MaskedLuchador: Mr. Olympia.
* [[{{Memes/ProfessionalWrestling}} Memetic Mutation]]:
--> '''Don West''': [[TheBeautifulGame PELE! PELE! PELE! HE HIT THE PELE!]] [[spoiler: IT JUST COMES OUTTA NOWHERE!]]
* TheMentor: To Seth Delay in NWA Wildside and Jimmy Rave in Ring Of Honor.
* MrFanservice: So he may wear his wedding ring around his neck but that doesn't stop him from getting a huge pop for showing off his bare chest and abs.
* ObliviousToLove: A non romantic example was with Paul London, who considered AJ to be his best buddy and didn't like him hanging out with other people. In real life he reportedly is like this, not noticing many women actually into him, according to Jeremy Borash.
* ParentalSubstitute
** He had Wrestling/RicFlair as his.
** Before him, [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} Christian Cage]] was like the big brother he never had.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Jade Chung, after she left the Embassy, as Styles was still fighting it and occasionally doing so alongside Wrestling/RoderickStrong.
* PetTheDog
** He may be a smarmy arrogant showboat as a heel but he is loyal to Wrestling/RicFlair, 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 gimmick, 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.
* PoorCommunicationKills: A non-kayfabe example; in the year since leaving TNA, there have been several instances of this regarding the execution of the [[FinishingMove Styles Clash]], where whether through negligence or clumsiness on AJ's part or flawed positioning on his opponent's part (the latter more frequently than the former), guys have been taking the move awkwardly headfirst, at times resulting in injury.
* PopularityPower: 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.
* PowerStable
** Christian's Coalition, The Angle Alliance, The TNA Frontline, Fo'''u'''rtune (later Fortune, when keeping it down to four members proved too difficult).
** The Threat in Independent Wrestling Revolution.
** A hanger on to Generation Next in Ring Of Honor. He wrestled the rest of them several times but was still seen as a dependable ally since he was feuding with Prince Nana's Embassy.
** Fortune would be absorbed into Immortal for a time (because TNA loved giant stables) and AJ was also one of the many involved with TNA's "Sports Entertainment Xtreme".
** With Bullet Club in New Japan.
* PowerTrio: Amazing Phenomenon with Amazing Red and Alexis Laree. Also part of Christian's Coalition with [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} Christian Cage]] and Tomko.
* RealSongThemeTune: In Ring Of Honor: Also sprach Zarathustra, "Touched" by VAST, "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica, "Demi Gods" by [=LabRats=]([[ContinuityNod a remix of Touched]])
* RedBaron: "The Phenomenal One", formerly "Mr. TNA"
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue oni in most cases, he even wears blue usually. However, he's the red oni when paired with Amazing Red, as backwards as that may seem.
* TheRival: Abyss, Wrestling/RonKillings, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson American Dragon]], Wrestling/ChrisHero, [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels]], Wrestling/SamoaJoe. Fought them all in several promotions but not always in bitter feuds. James Storm and Wrestling/BobbyRoode too, just because of how much time they spent with each other in TNA. WCW would even acknowledge on Thunder that Air Styles and Air Paris were ''not'' partners prior to WCW putting them together.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once the truth of what he and Dixie Carter were ''really'' up to came out, he proceeded to do this to Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Kazarian.
* SacrificialLion: 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 [[TheBrute Bully Ray]] superbombed him through a table which [[GameBreakingInjury paralyzed]] A.J. Considering A.J. was Fortune's leader, the group was looking rough until a [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels certain individual]] decided [[HesBack to]] [[BigDamnHeroes return]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He did not leave TNA on good terms, in fact he describes his departure as "the best move of my entire career". Harsh words from the man who was seen by many as the face and outstanding talent of the company.
* SharpDressedMan: 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.
* SignatureMove: The Pele Kick, which became a meme thanks to Don West's overacting. Any other instance of the move being used in the USA and even many back flip kicks that only superficially resemble the one AJ does, tend to be called "Pele". Equally known for his flipping body press over the top rope to the outside. Part of what put TNA on the map were video clips of AJ doing what was previously a rarely seen move almost weekly. Equally impressive but less known is his Fosbury Flop. Some other moves he is known for are a Springboard Forearm, Cliffhanger (Crucifix hold dropped into a DTT), Phenomenon (Spring Board Moonsault into an inverted DDT), Starmaker (High-angle belly-to-back Suplex) reverse frankensteiner, inverted stf, Rack Bomb (Backbreaker rack dropped into a powerbomb) the Stylin' Crab, [[Wrestling/BillyKidman Shooting]] [[Wrestling/JushinLiger Styles Press]] (top rope to outside), [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels Sweet Styling Music]], Styles Suplex Special (German followed by a belly-to-back wheelbarrow facebuster)...
* SummonBiggerFish: He was brought in to shut up [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd Drew Gulak's Campaign For A Better]] [[Wrestling/{{CZW}} Combat Zone]].
* TagTeam
** He's won NWA World Tag Team Gold With Wrestling/JerryLynn, Abyss, Christopher Daniels and Kurt Angle.
** The Future with Jorge Estrada in NWA Wildside.
** Air Raid with Air Paris in WCW.
* TakeThat: Gave one to Wrestling/{{Batista}} when he called A.J. a SpotMonkey 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."
* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: To TNA, in storyline and in RealLife. Unlike CM Punk's departure from the WWE in 2014, which is a major BaseBreaker, absolutely no TNA fan, current and former, blames AJ for leaving -- if anything, they were honestly wondering why he hadn't left sooner. AJ was a company man who did everything the promotion asked of him, a promotion that, in spite of his talent, his popularity, and his tremendous loyalty, treated him like shit. The Hogan/Bischoff era is what would finally worn him down, as he and the other loyal, homegrown talent of TNA were constantly shunted aside for has-beens and WWE rejects. These days, AJ considers leaving TNA to be "the best move of [his] career".
* TheTeetotaler: He is much less obnoxious about it than, say, his StraightEdge rival CM Punk, but AJ Styles has faced pressure to drink in a few angles. The first problem with the Claire Lynch story is that she described AJ as suddenly getting drunk enough to impregnate her. Turns out he was only drinking pop, which she spiked (and she was not impregnated).
* TerribleTrio: Despite being semi regular participants in TNA main events, AJ Styles, Christian Cage and Tyson Tomko were presented as comedy acts more often than not in backstage skits. This helped contribute to the stable's popularity.
* TournamentArc
** TNA held a tournament to determine who would be the NWA World Tag Team Champions in 2002, which AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn won
** In 2004 he beat CM Punk in the finals to determine Ring Of Honor's first Pure Wrestling Champion then went on to beat Wrestling/ColtCabana to win the International Wrestling Cartel Super Indy Showdown ''then'' went on to win IWA Mid-south's Ted Petty Invitational, outlasting Bryan Danielson and Samoa Joe in the finals.
** Then there was AAA's Torneo de Atomicos where he teamed with Samoa Joe, Low Ki...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Homicide]].
** One he didn't participate in, the "Who Will Face AJ Styles Tournament" of Winnipeg Manitoba held by Premier Championship Wrestling during 2006.
** In 2009, both AJ Styles and Sting won TNA's No Surrender Main Event Qualifying Tournament (not as a team, mind you)
** He won TNA's 2013 Bound For Glory Series, little did we know that would be the beginning of the end of his run there.
* TragicHero: AJ's TNA career is a non-fatal example.
* TrueCompanions: Wrestling/{{Fortune}} seemed to be this in TNA until all the betrayals happened, but in hindsight his current camaraderie with NJPW's Wrestling/BulletClub is arguably much stronger.
* UndyingLoyalty: AJ was one of the few constants in the ever changing TNA. ''Was'', because as of December 2013, he's no longer with the company. His leaving was taken as a sign by many fans that TNA was on death's door.
* VillainSong: His NJPW Bullet Club theme, "Styles Clash"
* WeUsedToBeFriends
** In Korea and Australia, Wrestling/GailKim was his road buddy and tag team partner. In TNA, she was a thorn in his side that prevented him and Daniels from defeating America's Most Wanted until they had Sirelda remove it. In Ring Of Honor, AJ was on fairly good terms with Homicide, who helped AJ over his student Dan Maff. In TNA, Homicide was part of LAX and had little time for gringos from Georgia.
** The Homicide case lead up to the two of them having a "Respect" match in the International Wrestling Cartel, where the loser would be forced to admit he respected the other.
** Wrestling/RoderickStrong, was an ally or at least a respected coworker as part of Generation Next, but then became part of The Decade, whose mission statement was basically a personal assault on wrestlers who left Ring Of Honor for larger companies.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gave one to Wrestling/JeffHardy after his return over Jeff's showing up at a main event match drugged out.
* WorthyOpponent: Generation Next in Ring Of Honor, especially Wrestling/MattSydal and Wrestling/AustinAries. Cedric Alexander in Premiere Wrestling Xperience after ''PWX: Phenomenal Debut'', where they met in the main event.
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