He had a brilliant career with Luke Gallows at NJPW, and today, he has faced some of the biggest defeats. But Karl Anderson does not regret having reached WWE, considering he was about to sign with TNA.
And now, observing the situation, some recent words of Anderson deserve to be picked up from Steve Austin’s show (transcript via wrestlinginc.com).
In the beginning, the fighter praised Omega.
“Kenny Omega has had a great rise. He is a great buddy of mine. When he got into the Bullet Club it gave him a big shove, so it is cool to see where he has been going now because he’s a great athlete. I have had some great matches with him all the time, in 6-man, and 8-man tags on the road. He is a real creative, different cat. He’s from Canada and those Canadians are different cats. It’s cool to see that rise.”
But then Anderson made it clear who is the number 1 in the world for him.
“AJ Styles, and I’ve been saying this since I first saw him wrestle in 2014 in Japan, he is easily the best wrestler ever in the world. Right now, he is the best wrestler in this world at this moment. If you ever get a chance to go back and see some of the matches in Japan, you think about some of the people who do it and say how cool the move was, but with AJ you look back and see how he sells stuff. He gets punched in the face and he’s over. He is unreal. When he first debuted in Japan, I don’t think people knew who he was because it is what it is, so he had an uphill battle, and literally turned himself into a Japanese wrestling legend because of the stuff that he has done in a short amount of time.”
— PWM (@ProWrestlingMag) December 28, 2017
AJ Styles was acclaimed by the critics as the fighter of the year. Even WWE chose Styles as their Superstar of 2017. But what must be highlighted is not the achievement itself, but how he got it.
Styles had started the year with a classic against John Cena in Royal Rumble. In the months that followed, Styles was involved in an interesting rivalry with Kevin Owens, who unfortunately did not meet the expectations.
A series of unexpected events positioned the current WWE Champion as a rival of Finn Bálor in TLC, a dream fight that took all the fans by surprise. Despite the fact that Styles lost the match, he was finally able to return to a fight that stood out above the others in a PPV.
As if that were not enough, Styles defeated Jinder Mahal and became WWE Champion for the second time in his career.