GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA | IWGP champion AJ Styles has always been a man of a few words, letting his action in the ring speak for him. As NWA and TNA wrestling champion, he never backed down from competition, earning respect and the moniker “the Phenomenal One”. Before his departure to the land of puroresu, he adopted a darker personality and style in the Lone Wolf storyline, winning the TNA title and leaving the company with the title after a contract dispute with TNA President Dixie Carter.
When Hannibal ran his mouth about “crippling AJ” in May, the Georgia native didn't flinch one bit, but with the title match in Hawkesbury just around the corner, he finally replied to Hannibal's fierce promo.
"Hannibal, I heard a lot about you”, said the champ, in a video promo. “You're big, you're strong, and crazy... You're the Canadian champion and, on August 30, I'm coming to take that championship from you. Two out of three falls, the fans won't want to miss this, because I'm nothing short of phenomenal.”
The day before his match in Hawkesbury, AJ Styles will wrestle in the first round of the Battle of Los Angeles tournament, organized by Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. He will face former WWE wrestler Brian Myers, better known as Curt Hawkins.