Since his debut in WWE in January 2016, AJ Styles has flipped between face and heel on a number of occasions. One thing that has been consistent about most of his time as a heel was that he was part of a group, specifically The Club with his old New Japan cohorts, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Since The Good Brothers were released in April, this has not been the case and Styles has been flying solo. Until now.
On Raw last night, Styles faced fellow draftee Matt Riddle with the giant Jordan Omogbehin in his corner.
This isn’t the first time we have seen the 7’3” former basketball player on WWE TV. He first appeared playing a giant ninja as part of Akira Tozawa’s surreal pursuit of the 24/7 Championship. He then popped up again first as competitor in and then as doorman for Shane McMahon’s Raw Underground project. With that angle now firmly on ice, Omogbehin has been reassigned as The Phenomenal One’s muscle.
Having a cocky, smaller heel use a gigantic bodyguard is a wrestling trope going back decades with the most famous and successful example being Shawn Michaels’ partnership with Diesel that ran through 1993 and 1994.
Styles won the match on Raw, defeating the King Of Bros after a subtle involvement from his new ‘insurance policy’.