In WWE AJ Styles has twice won the WWE Championship and three times the United States Championship, making him the only wrestler in history to have held at least one world title in WWE, NWA, NJPW and TNA. His second reign from WWE Champion, which lasted 371 days (from November 7, 2017, to November 13, 2018), is the eighth longest in the history of the title.
Styles is considered one of the best wrestlers of all time, so much so that he was in the first place of the PWI 500 in 2010 and was indicated by the same magazine as the best wrestler of the decade 2010-2020. 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.
AJ Styles on leaving TNA
On the latest edition of the 'After The Bell Podcast', he discussed the backlash he got from some fans for joining WWE: “I remember there was this guy, I don’t know if he had a podcast or whatever, but basically just buried me because how dare I go somewhere based on business and when I talk about business, money.
When I worked at TNA, the reason that fell apart was because they wanted me to do the same amount of work but wanted me to take less money, and I didn’t feel that that was right because I did everything to the best of my abilities, I represented TNA well, and now they’re gonna cut me because you made bad mistakes, that’s not how it works.
When you work hard, you’re supposed to be rewarded for it." Continuing, AJ Styles added, "So I bet on myself. But the fact that he questioned my loyalty because of money, I’m like, hold on a second, this is all a business.
This is how I support my family. Loyalty can only go so far, and trust me, when you’re not getting the job done in the ring, or wherever they need you, where’s the loyalty there? This is a business, and they have to do what’s best for their business and I have to do what’s best for mine”.