That would be cool. AJ Styles is rapidly climbing the charts as WWE Champion. Assuming he holds the title all the way until Summerslam next month, Styles will have the thirteenth longest reign in the title’s history and will be only a few months away from surpassing CM Punk’s 434 day reign as champion. In order to get that far though he has to get by Summerslam and that means he needs an opponent. We now have an idea of who it might be.

According to Bryan Alvarez on Wednesday’s Wrestling Observer Live, Styles’ challenger for Summerslam may very well be Samoa Joe. This week on SmackDown Live, it was announced that Paige will name the challenger on next week’s show. Samoa Joe has been talking about wanting the title as of late and hasn’t faced Styles in the WWE, though they feuded extensively in Impact Wrestling.

He certainly looks like he’s ready.

Tye Dillinger vs. Samoa Joe: SmackDown LIVE, July 17, 2018

Opinion: Really, I don’t think there is any other viable option at this point. Other than a surprise name getting a strong push Samoa Joe is certainly the top option for a title shot. He’s talented both in the ring and on the microphone, very intense and over with the fans. There is no better option at the moment and the match has the potential to be great, especially with the drama of Samoa Joe trying to choke Styles out.

Do you like the idea of Samoa Joe getting the shot? If not him, who should get it? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 27 wrestling books. His latest book is the NXT: The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans.

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