Countdown to WWE Royal Rumble 2016: What if AJ Styles Wins?

We’re counting down to the Royal Rumble: a variation of the traditional Battle Royal match with a total of 30 competitors. Two WWE Superstars start in the ring, every 90 seconds thereafter another Superstar enters. A Superstar is eliminated when they’re thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. Traditionally, the last remaining Superstar is guaranteed a championship opportunity at WrestleMania versus the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. On Jan. 24th the Champion is required to defend his title in the Royal Rumble match; the first time its winner claims gold since Rumble ’92. | By Mr. Joe Walker

WWE Superstar: AJ Styles
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 220 lbs.
From: Gainesville, GA

The rumor of “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles signing with WWE has been the hottest topic in professional wrestling. Speculation reached a boil when rumors began to suggest his debut would be as an entrant in the Royal Rumble match. Long considered one of, if not the very best wrestler in the world, Styles’ arrival would be one heck of a surprise. What wouldn’t shock anyone privy to his reputation would be AJ becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion his first night in the company, then watching his longtime rival Samoa Joe show up to try and take it from him.

Royal Rumble Winners: Jim Duggan (1988), Big John Studd (’89), Hulk Hogan (’90, ’91), Ric Flair (’92), Yokozuna (’93), Bret Hart/Lex Luger (’94), Shawn Michaels (’95, ’96), Steve Austin (’97, ’98), Mr. McMahon (’99), The Rock (2000), Steve Austin (’01), Triple H (’02), Brock Lesnar (’03), Chris Benoit (’04), Batista (’05), Rey Mysterio (’06), The Undertaker (’07), John Cena (’08), Randy Orton (’09), Edge (’10), Alberto Del Rio (’11), Sheamus (’12), John Cena ('13), Batista (’14), Roman Reigns (’15)