During his career, which began in January 1999, AJ Styles fought in the most important wrestling federations in history: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) , New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Ring of Honor (ROH), Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
In TNA he has won the World Heavyweight Championship twice, the X Division Championship six times, the King of the Mountain Championship twice and the World Tag Team Championship twice (once Kurt Angle and once with Tyson Tomko), resulting in the first wrestler in the history of the federation to complete the Grand Slam.
In Japan he twice won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and was the third leader of the Bullet Club. In WWE he has won the WWE Championship twice, the United States Championship three times and the Intercontinental Championship once.
His second reign as WWE Champion, which lasted 371 days (November 7, 2017 to November 13, 2018), is the eighth longest in the history of the title and the longest running on the SmackDown roster. During a recent session last week on his Twitch channel, WWE Superstar and Intercontinental champion AJ Styles addressed talk that he was unhappy in WWE after what happened with Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Raw.
AJ Styles on the talk that he’s unhappy in WWE
“I’m unhappy being Intercontinental Champion, I’m unhappy what? What do I have to be unhappy about? We all understood what happened [with Paul Heyman].
The problem with everything that happened is that the lie happened, the blatant lie. I don’t really want to harp on anyone anymore. What’s done is done" - AJ Styles said. AJ Styles also talked about the other careers he thought about getting into: “I don’t know where it would have lead me to.
It would be a lot different, I can promise you that. I mean, I thought maybe a cop, I thought going into the military. What would I have done if I had not had my eye on wrestling – that’s a good question. At some point, you’re going to have to figure out what you’re going to do with your life and how you’re going to support your family.
I got married while I was on the indies, but I still had a job. But I knew I was going to make it [in wrestling] somehow and someway,” AJ added. “I didn’t know I was going to make it to this level, but I knew I was going to make a living wrestling."