In the September 18 episode of SmackDown, AJ Styles defeated Sami Zayn. In the September 25 episode of SmackDown 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 the October 16 episode of Raw, Styles, joined by his new manager Omos, defeated Matt Riddle. On the Oct. 26 episode of Raw Styles defeated Jeff Hardy to qualify for Team Raw for Survivor Series. On November 22, at Survivor Series, Styles participated in the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination match as part of Team Raw against Team SmackDown and triumphed alongside his teammates.
In the November 23 episode of Raw, Styles defeated Randy Orton in a Triple Threat qualifier match to determine Drew McIntyre's new # 1 WWE Championship contender. In the November 30 episode of Raw, Styles defeated Keith Lee and Riddle in a Triple Threat match to become Drew McIntyre's # 1 contender in WWE Championship.
In the December 7 episode of Raw, Styles, John Morrison and The Miz defeated WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Sheamus in a 3-on-2 Handicap match. In the December 14 episode of Raw, Styles defeated Sheamus. Vince McMahon had a meeting with AJ Styles and two other wrestlers regarding the Twitch issue.
Styles revealed the details of the meeting and shared his own opinion about the situation.
AJ Styles' statement may not sit well with the WWE Universe
WWE received major backlash a short while ago after it was revealed that the company wanted its Superstars to close down their Twitch handles.
AJ Styles stated that he, Xavier Woods, and Sasha Banks had a meeting with Vince McMahon and shared the details of the same. "Myself, Xavier Woods, and Sasha Banks had a sit-down meeting in Connecticut with Vince McMahon about this whole situation, and it was determined that it's intellectual property, this is (points to his face).
We do well, as far as the WWE, and if there's an opportunity to pay back that money, that we work hard for it at different times, then we probably should. I wasn't happy about it, no one was. But, it is what it is. I'll handle it the way I have to.
I'm a team player, he is the captain, I'll follow his lead as far as Vince is concerned." AJ Styles' comment about being okay with "paying back the money to WWE" is certainly going to result in more controversy.
The general fan consensus regarding WWE's rule has been mostly negative, with fans coming in droves in support of Zelina Vega, who was recently released by the company amidst the hullabaloo. AJ Styles' comments hint that he doesn't have an issue with WWE's controversial mandate, even though he isn't happy about the same.