Allen Neal Jones is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand. AJ Styles, as he is better known, is the current WWE Champion in his first reign.
Styles, who has long been regarded as one of the world’s greatest professional wrestlers, is widely known for his tenure in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2002–2013. While there he was dubbed “Mr. TNA”. Styles held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice. He was also the first X Division Champion, a title he held six times. Styles is the first professional wrestler ever to complete the TNA Triple Crown Championship (five times) and the TNA Grand Slam Championship (two times). In 2010, Styles became the first ever TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He simultaneously appeared in Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2002–2006, winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship (with Amazing Red) and the ROH Pure Championship. In 2014, he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match with the company. He later became the leader of the Bullet Club. Styles competed on the independent circuit, winning titles such as the PWG World Championship and the RPW British Heavyweight Championship, among many others.
Styles first appeared in WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation, or the WWF) in 2002, but turned down a developmental deal he was offered with the company. He signed a multi-year contract with WWE fourteen years later in January 2016. Styles official debut was at that month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. After appearing at his first WrestleMania that April, Styles headlined multiple pay-per-views en route to winning his first WWE world championship at Backlash in September.