The reason WWE has AJ Styles in the middle of pay-per-view events and not main eventing is because they don’t want his match to overshadow any other match on the card so they put it in the middle of the show, according to Bully Ray.
“When they know that there’s a match that will steal the show but they don’t want that match to overshadow any other match, they put it in the middle of the show. I can tell you that from personal experience. I went through this battle years and years ago – me, D-Von, Edge, Christian, Matt and Jeff. We were always in the middle of the show.”
When Bully was asked if it was more about match quality than star power, he pointed out that AJ Styles is a big enough star because he’s on the cover of the video game and they have faith in him.
“He’s a big enough star to put on the cover of the video game…They do have faith in AJ, but with the matches you know his is gonna blow everyone else away.”
You can listen to his remarks embedded below.
"When they know there is a match that will steal the show, but they don't want that match to overshadow any other match, they put it in the middle of the show."
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) October 10, 2018
(Please H/T Ringside News when using the above quotes)