When Aleister Black’s undefeated streak ended in the hands of underhanded Styles last week on Raw, the curse of AJ Styles seemed to be prepared to assert its next up-and-coming sufferer.
With WWE in the middle of rehabilitating Styles after his rapid loss to some The Undertaker (who did not even have to remove his hat and trench coat), it was hard to envision Black getting his win again in Monday night. Raw’s most promising and beneficial upstart yet looked all but certain to become still another casualty into the planet’s stingiest gatekeeper.
After appearing to spot Cedric Alexander, Humberto Carrillo and Ricochet as pet jobs on the Paul Heyman-led Raw, three ran right into a brick wall when introduced using a career-altering chance against future Hall of Famer AJ Styles.
Whilst promising initially –both traded singles strikes while feuding over Ricochet’s United States Championship–Styles has been able to wrestle the championship away out of Ricochet within fourteen days of dropping to him.
Ricochet has been the latest illustration of a growing star on Raw being turned off from the primary event by AJ Styles. Oddly enough, his career could have ended with a one sided, chief event-caliber feud against Brock Lesnar.
AJ Styles had unintentionally developed a blueprint within an insurmountable gatekeeper on WWE Raw. With the majority of all WWE’s proven star power on the prioritized Friday Night SmackDown, WWE Raw was in rebuilding manner since getting the brief end of the pole following October’s WWE Draft.
Aleister Black picked u the greatest win of his youthful career, pinning AJ Styles following The Undertaker made a shocking look. Alexander was M.I.A. ever because, amid growing frustration.
Humberto Carrillo didn’t fare far better, losing back-to-back games to AJ Styles, among which was to the United States Championship. Carrillo has treaded water even though his Rey Mysterio acceptance, although feuding with his climbing, more charismatic, cousin Angel Garza has helped him to stay applicable.
However, with the assistance of The Undertaker, Aleister Black gained a career success and AJ Styles–who’ll maintain one of WrestleMania’s most significant games –isn’t hurt at least.