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  • Allen Neal Jones was born in June of 1977 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. More specifically,

  • he was born on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, as his father was serving as a Marine. At

  • just a year old, Jones family moved to Gainesville, Georgia, which is where he grew up.

  • Jones grew up with his brothers, his mother, and his alcoholic father. His father would

  • come home looking for a fightafter a night of drinking andtook it out on

  • his kids and sometimes his wife”. However, Jones is adamant in saying that despite his

  • faults, he knew his father loved him. Unlike most wrestling fans growing up, Jones

  • didn’t watch WWE or WCW much as it wasn’t really available to him. Growing up, Jones

  • family was quite poor and could barely afford basic TV. So instead, Jones grew up watching

  • Georgia Championship Wrestling, though even that was limited due to poor TV reception.

  • Admittedly, he wasn’t really a huge fan of wrestling as a kid anyway.

  • Living in poverty, the family of 6 was crammed into a small trailer, where he and his brothers

  • were stuffed into one room together. These were not easy conditions to live in.

  • As you may know, Allen Jones is a very religious man. He stated that he would go to church

  • every Sunday as a child with his family, but religion was never forced upon him by anybody,

  • and that he decided for himself that the Christian faith waswhere he belonged”. He’s

  • been a devout Christian since the early 90’s. Allen has been an athlete ever since he was

  • a kid. He played football, basketball, and baseball as he simply loved sports. He also

  • has a background in amateur wrestling, but didn’t enjoy it as much given that the conditioning

  • was so intense. Jones attended Johnson High School in Gainesville

  • and graduated in 1996. From there he went on to Anderson College in South Carolina on

  • a partial wrestling scholarship to study Physical Education. However just as spring break rolled

  • around his first year, Jones decided to call it quits and move back home. He didn’t have

  • a real backup plan, but decided to just get a regular job instead of staying at school.

  • One day Allen’s friends decided to go to a wrestling school and convinced him to tag

  • along. When he made it there, Jones decided that he was already there and may as well

  • give it a shot. As soon as he got in the ring, Jones instantly knew this was something he

  • would be good at. Jones was officially trained by Rick Michaels

  • and debuted in 1998, just two years after graduating High School, in the Georgia-based

  • National Championship Wrestling. Here he would go under the name Mr. Olympia. He would lose

  • in his very first match to Michael Brooks, but would begin to prosper soon after. By

  • August of 1999, Mr. Olympia was the promotion’s Television Champion.

  • Just like most of the wrestling origins videos, I’m not going to cover every single independent

  • promotion Jones wrestled in, just the larger ones. But just for fun, I’ll list off a

  • bunch of the smaller ones he competed in. Great Canadian Wrestling, All Pro Wrestling,

  • United Wrestling Federation, One Pro Wrestling, Game Changer Wrestling, Valhalla Pro Wrestling,

  • and International Wrestling Cartel. And that is only scratching the surface.

  • Speaking of the independent circuit, in 2001, now going under A.J. Styles, he would compete

  • in All Pro Wrestling’s King of the Indies tournament, but was eliminated in the quarter

  • finals by Christopher Daniels. Just a few months later in X Wrestling Federation,

  • Styles would lose in a battle royal for the XWF Cruiserweight title against the likes

  • of Christopher Daniels, Juventud Guerrera, Kid Krash, and Psicosis.

  • Moving forward a few more months, Styles would debut in Australia’s World Wrestling All-Stars

  • in early 2002. Styles would compete in some big matches here, but failed to capture the

  • Cruiserweight Championship. However, that changed when Styles defeated Super Nova and

  • Jerry Lynn to win a tournament for the title. Shortly after the win though, Styles would

  • vacate the belt. Styles would also compete in IWA Mid-South

  • later that year, along with Frontier Wrestling Alliance in the UK.

  • Going back to 1999 for a second, the A.J. Styles name was born after two wrestling promotions,

  • NCW and NWA Georgia, merged to form NWA Wildside, the developmental territory of WCW. Here Styles

  • would capture his second Television Championship in January of 2000, only to lose it and regain

  • it one more time in the span of a year. In early 2001, WCW scouted both A.J. Styles

  • and Air Paris from NWA Wildside, placing them in a tag team called Air Raid. The team would

  • have a short stint in WCW, appearing on WCW Nitro, but nothing really came from it as

  • just 5 months into Stylesmain roster career, the promotion went under.

  • Following WCW’s demise, Styles went back to NWA Wildside where he would quickly become

  • NWA Georgia Champion after defeating Rick Michaels. After 2002 however, Styles only

  • appeared in Wildside for the odd appearance, as at this point he was signed to the newly

  • founded TNA. He would wrestle against some big names in Wildside, but his main focus

  • was elsewhere. Speaking of 2002, it was a big year for Styles

  • career. Before the TNA offer was even on the table, Styles made two appearances for WWE.

  • The first was in January of 2002 on an episode of Metal, where he lost to The Hurricane.

  • The second was a dark match before SmackDown, which he lost as well.

  • However, in April of 2002 WWE would offer Styles a developmental deal that required

  • him to relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to wrestle in the Heartland Wrestling Association. However,

  • Styles declined the offer on the ground that relocation was not an option, as his wife

  • was trying to pursue college and this would interfere.

  • Bear with me, I will get to his TNA career soon, but first let’s cover Ring of Honor.

  • In 2002, Styles made his debut in ROH and quickly became a main eventer. Here he would

  • be the first to hold theNumber One Contender’s Trophywhich was considered a secondary

  • championship. After a few failed attempts at the ROH Championship, Styles decided to

  • pursue the Tag Team titles, which he won with Amazing Red. The two would hold the belts

  • for a while, defeating the Briscoe Brothers on three occasions, but lost to Christopher

  • Daniels and Xavier, a team known as The Prophecy. Styles would win the tag titles back, however

  • with a new partner named Homicide. Styles would later jump back into singles

  • competition and took fellow Georgia wrestler Jimmy Rave under his wing. Styles would defeat

  • Bryan Danielson to become number one contender for the title, but lost to the champion Samoa

  • Joe. However, Styles would become the first ROH Pure Wrestling Champion after defeating

  • CM Punk in the finals of a tournament. Styles would also defeat Punk in the rematch for

  • the belt, but due to controversy over in TNA where he was under contract, he was forced

  • to leave ROH and vacate the title. Styles would return to ROH in 2005 and 2006

  • where he would have a feud with former protégé Rave which featured the memorable moment of

  • Styles being suffocated with a plastic bag. Styles would go on to defeat the likes of

  • Roderick Strong, Austin Aries, and Abyss, but would lose to Bryan Danielson for the

  • ROH World Championship. Now, back to TNA, where A.J. signed a non-exclusive

  • contract back in May of 2002 just as TNA was starting up. In fact, Styles may have been

  • the first wrestler ever signed to the promotion. Here he was referred to asThe Phenomenal

  • A.J. Styles. Styles would spend over a decade in TNA, where he would become the face of

  • the company. Styles started off by becoming the inaugural

  • TNA X Division Champion after defeating Jerry Lynn, Low Ki, and Psicosis. He would also

  • win a second title, the NWA World Tag Team title, with Lynn soon after. Not too long

  • after that though, the tag team would fall apart and Styles and Lynn would feud to no

  • avail. Styles would also lose his X Division title to Low Ki, but would regain it in late

  • 2002. However, Styles would once again lose it, but this time to Lynn.

  • In 2003, Styles began to focus on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and finally

  • won it in June of that year to become the first TNA Triple Crown winner. He would hold

  • this title for a few months, defeating numerous challengers, until he lost it to Jeff Jarrett

  • who insisted Styles abandon the Heavyweight title and return to the X Division. Style’s

  • would refuse, but after winning and dropping the title one more time, he decided head back.

  • In 2004, Styles would quickly become X Division champion and had a memorable feud with Petey

  • Williams. Styles would lose and regain the title a few times throughout 2005, with some

  • memorable matches along the way. By far the best match he had during this run was a three

  • way between himself, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels which was given a prestigious 5-star

  • rating by Dave Meltzer. It was also runner up for match of the year.

  • In late 2005 and most of 2006, Styles would team up with Daniels. The two would win the

  • NWA World Tag Team Championships after two failed attempts, but would eventually lose

  • them in a Border Brawl match to Homicide and Hernandez, the Latin American Xchange.

  • In November, A.J. Styles would defeat Chris Sabin for his sixth X Division title after

  • dropping the tag team belts to LAX. In the following months, Styles would begin a feud

  • with Rhino and turned heel in the process. From 2006 to 2008, Styles would be involved

  • in the Christian’s Coalition storyline, which featured Christian Cage and his team

  • facing off against Kurt Angle and his, as well as the TNA Front line story in 2008 and

  • 2009 where Styles allegedly got married to Karen Angle, prompting a feud with Kurt.

  • In 2008, Styles would also wrestle a few matches in New Japan as part of a partnership between

  • the two companies. He would make four appearances here, getting his first real taste of the

  • Japanese wrestling scene. From mid 2009 to 2011, Styles once again pursued

  • the TNA World Heavyweight championship. He would win the title in a five-way match from

  • Kurt Angle. Styles would also face Sting just a month later in a match that became a favourite

  • amongst TNA fans. Styles would prosper and would retain the belt despite numerous elite

  • level challengers including Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and his former tag partner Tomko. During

  • this reign, Styles would become the longest reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion in

  • history, surpassing Sting. His reign finally ended when he dropped the title to RVD after

  • 211 days as champion. Styles would continue to work in TNA through

  • 2013, working some notable matches in that time. Those include Styles vs Christopher

  • Daniels in 2012, Styles and Angle vs Daniels and Kazarian in 2013, and Styles vs Austin

  • Aries in 2013 as well. However late in that year, contract negotiations between Styles

  • and TNA broke down and it was reported that he would become a free agent after 12 years

  • with the company. Styles was extremely frustrated with the company,

  • making critical remarks about the TNA product in a podcast interview with Brady Hicks after

  • leaving. At this point, Styles began taking bookings

  • to work in various independent promotions such as CZW, PWG, and IWA Mid-South. He also

  • made his return to ROH in early 2014, where he defeated Roderick Strong in his first match

  • back. He would also go on to defeat Jay Lethal and Chris Hero as well.

  • Also in 2014 after leaving TNA, Styles decided to sign a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling,

  • where he would be revealed as the newest member of the infamous Bullet Club. Now, Styles was

  • still working on the American circuit full-time, so he was only in New Japan for the bigger

  • events. Despite that, Styles quickly became IWGP Heavyweight Champion, the sixth non-Japanese

  • champion in history and the first American since Brock Lesnar in 2005.

  • Styles would defend the title successfully twice before dropping the belt to Hiroshi

  • Tanahashi as the Bullet Club was prevented from interfering. However, in 2015, Styles

  • would once again become champion and would reign for five months. Skipping forward a

  • bit, Styles would challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for his IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

  • This was an excellent match that nearly attained 5 stars, though Styles lost. However, the

  • very next day, Styles gave his notice to New Japan as he was signing with WWE. This resulted

  • in Styles being kicked out of the Bullet Club the next night during his final appearance

  • for the promotion. On January 20th, 2016, WWE confirmed that

  • A.J. Styles had signed a deal with the company after weeks of speculation and rumours. Apparently,

  • Styles was in talks to return to TNA first, but WWE offered him a deal that he couldn’t

  • refuse, which also brought over his friends Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles would

  • make his debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble, lasting 28 minutes only to be eliminated by Kevin

  • Owens. From there Styles would feud with Chris Jericho

  • where he would come out on top. However soon after, the two would form the tag-team Y2AJ.

  • The pair would be unable to capture the WWE Tag Team belts, which led to Jericho turning

  • on Styles. This culminated with a match at WrestleMania 32, which Jericho won.

  • Following that, Styles would reunite with Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Luke

  • Gallows to formThe Club”, which has essentially turned Styles heel. He would face

  • Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight title at Extreme Rules, but was unsuccessful.

  • Most recently, Styles began to feud with the returning John Cena which culminated in a

  • match at Money in the Bank. Here Styles would pick up the win through the help of The Club,

  • despite signing a contract stating The Club could not get involved in the match.

  • And that was Wrestling Origins: A.J. Styles. This was a long video but as a lot of you

  • said on the last one, you like the videos to be longer rather than short. Anyways, if

  • you enjoyed the video you should definitely leave a like and subscribe. If I skipped over

  • anything you think was significant, then be sure to let me know in the comments. As always,

  • thanks for watching!

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