The doctors that have cleared Bryan have told him that he has no issues, and that his mind works a lot better than most people his age that have suffered the same amount of concussions. In fact, they have told him that his mind functions better than most people who are his age, and younger, that haven’t ever suffered a concussion. So the fact that WWE is willing to clear a guy who has admitted to having memory issues due to concussions, and they’re not willing to clear a guy who is more sharp than ever raises some questions, and adds legitimacy to the fan-created conspiracy theory.
With Daniel Bryan out, and it looking like he’s not going to be coming back any time soon, if ever, WWE is in dire-need of star power. On top of Bryan, they’re also missing Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Cesaro, all of whom are dealing with serious injuries at the moment. Styles, who appeared on Chris Jericho’s podcast on Friday, Talk is Jericho, said that when his TNA deal expired in 2014, he sent feelers WWE’s way, and they showed absolutely no interest in bringing him aboard, which is why he ended up signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and returning to Ring of Honor.
After a year in New Japan, Styles once again sent feelers WWE’s way, and this time they were interested, and they presented a deal that was much more lucrative than any other company could offer. Also, Styles said that WWE never even asked him to go through NXT before heading to the main-roster, which is customary these days, no matter how experienced or good you are.
On Jericho’s podcast, Styles explained his one and only meeting with WWE chairman Vince McMahon, which involved McMahon telling him what his character was going to be. Styles said that McMahon wanted him to be the undersized underdog, who’s had to fight for everything he’s got, and who is constantly fighting to overcome the odds, no matter how great they may be. Basically saying that he wants Styles to be a “little Pitbull,” and that the fans will get behind him if he’s able to work as that character.
The fans clearly got behind Styles before he even got to WWE, as they were anticipating his debut at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and they completely exploded when his name flashed on the titan-tron.
There have been some who are thinking that WWE brought AJ Styles in to be Daniel Bryan’s replacement as the “people’s champion,” and Styles certainly fits the role. Furthermore, McMahon’s idea for Styles’ character is almost a complete copy of Daniel Bryan’s character while he was active, minus the “YES!” chant.
If WWE has no intention of bringing Daniel Bryan back ever again, it’s very likely that the former WWE Champ will end up leaving the company, and wrestling elsewhere. Somewhere like New Japan Pro Wrestling for example.
WWE doesn’t want to lose a star the caliber of Daniel Bryan, but at the same time, if his contract expires, and he only agrees to re-sign if they’ll allow him to wrestle, then he will go elsewhere. He has even admitted that he will wrestle somewhere else if WWE doesn’t allow him to get back into the ring.
AJ Styles is already one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers, as his t-shirt completely sold out just 24 hours after his Royal Rumble appearance. So if WWE’s goal is to make Styles the next Daniel Bryan, which seems to be their intent, then they’re certainly on the right track. However, they could begin to resent his popularity if his presence begins interfering with their main-event storylines.