That would explain something. One of the features of the Brand Split is allowing wrestlers to develop themselves without worrying about jumping from one show to the other. Each show has a unique roster and that can be beneficial. There are a few instances of seeing a wrestler jump from one show to the other, and one of the more recent changes was not due to a positive reason.
This Friday on SmackDown, AJ Styles defeated Daniel Bryan in an instant classic to become the new Intercontinental Champion. It was the first time that Styles won the title, but it was even more impressive when you consider that Styles wasn’t even on the SmackDown roster six weeks ago. Styles jumping over was a surprise, and now we know a little more about why he made the jump.
According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter message boards, Styles left Monday Night Raw over issues with Paul Heyman. Styles was angry that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were fired and blamed Heyman for the situation. While Vince McMahon made the decision to fire them, Styles felt that Heyman could have done something about it. There is no word on if Styles will be back on Monday Night Raw now that Heyman has been removed as Executive Director.
Styles is an amazing performer. Check out some of the things that he has in him:
Opinion: That’s a bit of a stretch in thinking, but maybe it was the culmination of issues between the two of them. One of the good things about having a second roster is allowing someone to make a jump like this if necessary. Granted when that someone is on Styles’ level, you can probably get a good bit of what you want. The move gave us a classic match at least, so something about it has been positive.
Is Styles being unreasonable? Which show suits him better? Let us know in the comments below.
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