After WrestleMania 36 he had returned to Raw, but after a short time WWE decided to make new changes for AJ Styles. The two-time WWE Champion and three-time United States title holder starred in the night of a widely announced match against Shinsuke Nakamura, a challenge that saw 'Phenomenal One' triumph after a tough battle.
After the match, WWE published a tweet through its official channels where AJ Styles is mentioned and his move to SmackDown is made official: a definitive return for him in the "house he built" between 2016 and 2018 with amazing performances and memorable victories.
With the victory against Nakamura, "The Phenomenal" had access to the semifinals for the title of Intercontinental Champion and consequently it would have made no sense for the athlete to return to Raw after a "possible" title victory.
As can be seen from the tweet, WWE specifies that it can make future considerations on the future of the wrestler in the coming weeks. After the WrestleMania match one must also understand the implications of the feud between The Undertaker and AJ Styles, with the two who after the beautiful match of WrestleMania 36 could challenge each other again in the last battle of the "Deadman"
Styles has headlined numerous pay-per-view events internationally, including the respective premier events of WWE and TNA, WrestleMania and Bound for Glory. In 2010, he became the first TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked number one on the annual Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) PWI 500 list; after being voted Wrestler of the Year three consecutive times by the magazine between 2016 and 2018 (a feature only accomplished before by Ric Flair from 1984–1986), readers voted him Wrestler of the Decade in 2020.
Styles is also a ten-time Wrestling Observer Newsletter award winner, including Wrestler of the Year in both 2015 and 2016; in 2017, the magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame.