AJ Styles has been considered one of the best pro wrestlers by both fans and his peers alike. He is getting older and also wiser with age, which has been reflected in his in-ring capabilities. Now it appears that Styles could have made an NJPW appearance last year.

Karl Anderson returned to WWE to re-form The O.C. alongside Luke Gallows and AJ Styles last year, but had baggage in the form of his duties with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The former Bullet Club member was unable to defend his NEVER Openweight Title at NJPW Battle Autumn back on November 5th due to a scheduling conflict with WWE.

In the end, he would drop the title at Wrestle Kingdom 17 earlier this year. While speaking on a new edition of Talk’n Shop, Karl Anderson revealed that Anderson and Gallows almost came back in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the September 26th episode of Raw.

Anderson then revealed that when they were on FaceTime with their ‘boss at the time’, A.J. Styles and Triple H, they almost decided on Styles coming back to NJPW to help Anderson retain the NEVER Openweight Championship over Tanahashi at Burning Spirit.


This will be good clickbait as well. We were doing a FaceTime with — it was our boss at the time, Triple H, Gallows, Anderson, A.J. Styles and we were figuring out what we were gonna do. This would have probably been in September and maybe August? I don’t know but end of August, whatever it was. But we’d almost basically decided on A.J. Styles coming over and helping me win that match versus (Hiroshi) Tanahashi (at NJPW Burning Spirit) and then, the very next night would’ve been Monday Raw.

The O.C. is fully back in action after AJ Styles’ return a while ago. For the time being, The Phenomenal One is currently feuding with Karrion Kross on WWE television. We will have to wait and see how their feud will develop in the coming weeks.

What’s your take on this story? Do you think AJ Styles appearing in NJPW would have been a good thing? Sound off in the comments!

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