In the September 25 episode of SmackDown, AJ Styles was defeated by Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat match that also included Jeff Hardy and not valid for the latter's Intercontinental Championship. On September 27, at Clash of Champions, Styles participated in a Triple Threat Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship which also included champion Jeff Hardy and Sami Zayn but the match was won by the latter.
In the October 2 episode of SmackDown Styles was defeated by Jey Uso. On October 9, as a result of the Draft, Styles returned to the Raw roster. On the October 12 episode of Raw, Styles won a Triple Threat match against Jeff Hardy and Seth Rollins thanks to the help of Elias who brutally attacked Hardy with a guitar.
In a recent Twitch stream, AJ Styles discussed why WrestleMania is too long, whether WWE will keep WrestleMania on two nights once fans return.
AJ Styles on why WrestleMania is too long
“I wish we would not do so many matches on WrestleMania.
It used to be if you were on WrestleMania, you accomplished something. Now, everybody’s on it, so it’s not as big of a deal. Hey, we’re gonna give you everybody you wanted to see, so by the time you see this match, you may be burned out or ready to go home and your kids may be falling asleep.
It’s a tough day because when it starts, you’re in out in the sun, you’re watching it, and that sun will drain you quick. In my opinion, I think less is more. I’m not saying it has to be three hours, but I wouldn’t go over four hours with it because there’s a lot going on.
Usually, what does it start around Friday? Then you’ve got Saturday and Sunday, and RAW on Monday. That’s a lot to take in. It’s tough" - AJ Styles said. “Is that something we continue to do? I’m not sure.
I would like to see more of it, but will it happen? We’re gonna have to find out together. So much has changed over these past couple of months, who knows what’s gonna happen? I was watching my intro video and I thought ‘Gosh, man, it was so great being in front of those fans.’ We took it for granted.
No doubt about it. I certainly did" - he added. 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. Overall, AJ Styles is a ten-time world champion.