Jim Cornette has explained that a recently tag team match highlighted just how far AJ Styles has fallen down the pecking order in recent months.
When AJ Styles made his WWE debut as a surprise entrant in the 2016 Royal Rumble, he did so with his stock as one of the world’s finest wrestlers at its height.
By the end of the year, Styles had captured World Championship gold, after also featuring at WrestleMania against Chris Jericho. At time of writing, Styles also stands as a three-time United States Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, and one-time Tag Team Champion.
However, Styles hasn’t been in regular contention for the World Champion for a lengthy period, and last challenged at Elimination Chamber back in February. In recent months, the former IMPACT Wrestling star has been wrapped up in a feud with Edge and his Judgment Day stable.
During this period, Styles has formed an alliance with Finn Balor, which saw the pair take on and defeat Los Lotharios on the May 16th episode of Monday Night Raw. Reflecting on the match on his podcast The Jim Cornette Experience, the legendary manager said that bout showed just how far Styles has fallen.
“Finn and AJ wrestled the Lotharios, Los and Jose Lothario and all I could think of was, my, how AJ Styles has fallen. He’s a former champion, he was in all the main event mix, major pay-per-view matches, and now, he and Finn against the Lotharios.”
On the May 23rd edition of Raw, Styles teamed with Liv Morgan to take on Judgment Day’s Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest. In the end it was Ripley and Priest who claimed the win with a helping hand from Edge.
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