Is AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan Happening?

Is AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan Happening?

AJ Styles is one of the most phenomenal wrestlers in the world today, but the past few days have been trying for the WWE Champion thanks to an injury he sustained at a live event in Madison Square Garden Friday evening as reported by Dave Meltzer. With his upcoming WWE Championship defense at WrestleMania, the question on everyone’s minds is ‘will AJ Styles be able to compete at WrestleMania?’.

Taking time away from the ring – it’s possible we won’t see him compete again until April 8 – Styles took part in an international media call on Tuesday March 20 to promote WrestleMania and his participation. Interestingly, the conference occurred shortly after the announcement that Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan had been cleared to return to the ring. I shall refrain from doing ‘yes’ chants as you’ve probably heard them a few million times by now.

The consultation was intended to revolve around wrestling’s biggest night of the year, but with such joyous news breaking some found it hard to contain the question which was on all of our minds. As well as discussing a potential move to Raw and his WWE Championship match with Nakamura, AJ Styles briefly discussed a potential meeting with Daniel Bryan:

“If ever the opportunity ever arose for him and I to get in the ring together, I think it would be an unbelievable match. It’d be fun.”

The answer was short and sweet; leaving many to speculate that WWE had plans for such an encounter and had briefed Styles not give the game away by keeping his answer short. If it does happen, however, then it won’t be the first time both men tangle, as they have done so inside a ROH and IWA Mid-South Wrestling ring.

Moving onto the initial point of the media event, the subject of the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 34 cropped and though unlikely, with bouts such as Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and John Cena, as well as Rhonda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on the card, whether the dream match would top the bill:

“As far as the main event goes, I can tell you which match is gonna steal the show. You could either put Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles on last, or you could have that be the only match people remember, because we’re gonna tear the house down. That’s what we do. We have the talent to be able to do that, and that’s what people are expecting. So, whether or not it is the main event, it will be a main event match.”

AJ’s words, though somewhat garbled, drastically up the ante for Smackdown Live’s biggest offering and leave some asking whether WWE will allow them to work more of a New Japan Pro Wrestling style rather than the traditional WWE one which has somewhat dampened Shinsuke’s impact since his arrival on the main roster.

Touching upon the rumors of a possible move to Raw in the upcoming Superstar Shake-up as well as a potential Club reunion, the WWE Champion had this to say:

“I think it would be cool if we all were in The Club together. Who knows if that will ever happen, but it would definitely be fun. But, as far as moving to Raw, I don’t plan on losing to Shinsuke Nakamura, and I can’t imagine WWE would make the champ go to Raw.”

6 years ago by Wrestle Talk


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