There are numerous fans of WWE from all over the world, mainly because the franchise consists of top professional wrestlers such as AJ Styles. The wrestler is currently signed under the Raw brand of WWE, and his name is often written as A.J. Styles as well. What makes him unique in the ring?
What does AJ Styles stand for? Most people want to know AJ Styles full name and how he got his stage name AJ Styles. His birth name is Allen Neal Jones, and the unique thing about him is that he rose from abject poverty to become one of the best professional wrestlers worldwide.
He made his debut on the ring in 1998, and over two decades later, he is still relevant in the industry because of his hard work and passion.
- Name: Allen Neal Jones
- Nickname: AJ Styles, Air Styles and Mr. Olympia
- Age: 42 years
- Date of birth: 2nd of June 2 1977
- Place of birth: Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States of America
- Current residence: Gainesville, Georgia, United States of America
- Zodiac sign: Gemini
- Nationality: American
- Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180 centimeters/ 1.80 meters)
- Weight: 218 lbs (99 kilograms)
- Alma mater: Johnson High School, Gainesville, Georgia
- Wife: Wendy Jones (m. 2000 to date)
- Sons: Ajay Covell Jones, Avery Jones and Albey Jones
- Daughter: Anney Jones
- Profession: Wrestler
AJ Styles early life
Allen Neal Jones was born on the 2nd of June 1977 at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His nationality is American, and Gemini is his Zodiac sign. Presently, AJ Styles age is 42 years. In the next AJ Styles birthday celebration, which will be on the 2nd of June 2020, he will turn 43 years old.
Although the professional wrestler is leading a relatively good life now, that has not always been the case. AJ Styles family was impoverished, and his father was an alcoholic. The situation was so dire that the family could not afford things like cable television, yet the young boy loved watching wrestling, which was his passion from a very young age.
The professional athlete went to Johnson High School that is located in Gainesville, Georgia, and he graduated in the class of 1996. After high school, he joined Anderson University in South Carolina on a partial wrestling scholarship.
However, he dropped out to join a professional wrestling school due to peer influence. Since he was not financially stable at the time, he mowed lawns and drove an ambulance to earn a living.
AJ Styles height and weight
The professional athlete has a billed height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 centimetres/ 1.80 meters.) His weight is 218 lbs (99 kilograms.)
Like any other athlete, Allen Neal started as an amateur, and it has taken him many hours of training to be where he is today.
In his early days, Allen Neal was trained by Rick Michaels before making his professional debut in 1998. In the National Championship Wrestling promotion, he appeared in the ring as Mr. Olympia, a wrestler who wore a mask. He won the National Championship Wrestling (television championship) in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2001, he mainly competed in less-known independent promotions, which offered him the chance to sharpen his skills. In 1999, NWA Wildside was created, and Allen was renamed to AJ Styles. He won the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion tile on the 22nd of December 2001.
The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which was based in Atlanta, observed how the wrestler and Air Paris played on NWA Wildside. WCW signed in both of them, and under the new AJ Styles contract, he changed his name to Air Styles.
He and Paris were paired in a tag team dubbed Air Raid. Air Raid competed for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship title, but the duo lost.
In late 2001, Neal took part in the All-Pro Wrestling’s King of the Indies match in which he defeated Jardi Frantz before being beaten by Christopher Daniels. He then made his debut in the Xcitement Wrestling Federation (XWF) games against other wrestlers, but he did not win the title.
In 2002, he appeared in some World Wrestling Federation (WWF) matches after which the company offered him a developmental deal contract that required him to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America.
He declined it because he did not wish to interfere with his spouse’s college plans. He then debuted for the Australian promotion called World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) in late February 2002. His first game was against five other prominent wrestlers. He lost.
In the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship games, he defeated Nova and progressed to the next step in which he defeated Jerry Lynn to win the title. On the 2nd of March, he made his debut in the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) in its Super 8 games. He defeated Xavier in the initial round before being beaten by Donovan Morgan in the final round.
On the 15th of June, he made his Game Changer Wrestling debut in the Jersey-J Cup tournament. He defeated Qenaan Creed and then Colt Cabana. In the semi-finals, Reckless Youth beat and eliminated him from the competition.
In October, he traveled to the United Kingdom and debuted in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA). He lost his first fame to Jonny Storm before being defeated again by Doug Williams and Jerry Lynn. He then debuted in IWA: Mid-South in the annual Ted Petty Invitational tournament, but he lost to Christopher Daniels.
Ring of Honor (ROH) years
In 2002, the wrestler debuted in ROH and soon participated in main events. He failed to win the ROH World Championship title. On his first year anniversary with ROH, he competed against Low Ki and Paul London, and London beat him.
He then defeated The Backseat Boyz, The SAT and The Carnage Crew, which won him a shot for the ROH Tag Team Championship title. He teamed up with Amazing Red and the duo defeated The Prophecy to win the title.
The pair also defeated The Briscoe Brothers thrice before losing to The Prophecy. The duo broke up, and he chose Homicide to be his new partner. The two defeated The Prophecy, but Neal let go off the title after Red sustained a severe injury.
After the unfortunate incident, the wrestler attempted to make Jimmy Rave his protégé and tried to take home the ROH World Champion title. Samoa Joe defeated him. He then defeated Jimmy Rave, Matt Stryker and CM Punk to become the ROH Pure Wrestling Champion.
In 2004, all ROH wrestlers were removed from ROH events, so he had to vacate his title.
AJ Styles TNA years
In May 2002, the wrestler signed under Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). In his first game, he teamed up with Jerry Lynn and Low Ki, but the trio lost to The Flying Elvises. The next week, AJ defeated Psicosis, Jerry Lynn and Low Ki to be named the first TNA X Division Champion.
He also bagged the NWA World Tag Team Championship title together with Jerry Lynn.
His years with the TNA were full of highs and lows because he won some titles and lost others. He also feuded with other wrestlers quite often. In 2003, he unsuccessfully tried to bag the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title.
In 2004, he joined the X Division Championship and became a three-time X Division Champion after beating Frankie Kazarian. He lost the belt after Kash struck him with a crutch and it went to Shane and Kazarian. He failed to regain the title.
He, however, won back the title for the fourth time at Final Resolution after beating Chris Sabin and Petey Williams. Overall, he won the title six times. In 2009, AJ became the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and he successfully defended the title for 211 days.
He lost it to Rob Van Dam and was unable to regain it in a rematch against Van Dam. Between 2010 and 2012, AJ teamed up with Kazarian to form Fortune. The duo broke up after Kazarian chose to align more with Christopher Daniels.
Second time with ROH
Between 2014 and 2016, Neal worked with ROH for the second time. In his first game after his return, he defeated Roderick Strong and later beat Jay Lethal and Chris Hero. He then became a top contender for the ROH World Championship title after defeating Michael Elgin, Adam Cole and Roderick Strong. He, however, lost the title to Jay Lethal.
He became an independent wrestler until early 2016 when he started working in Duluth, Georgia for WWE in the ROH TV tapings. He was involved in a brawl with Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and The Young Bucks in the tapings.
At the end of the show that aired on the 23rd of January, he joined the Bullet Club in a group hug.
Return to the independent circuit
After departing from TNA, Neal took independent bookings, and he accepted as many dates as possible. During this period, he toured different countries, especially England. On the 1st of March 2014, he appeared in the Preston City Wrestling English promotion game, but he lost to Lionheart.
After the match, he gave Lionheart the famous Styles Clash that caused Lionheart to break his neck.
On the 8th of February, he was in a Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) game after 11 years, and he defeated Drew Gulak through disqualification. In August he participated in a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s 10th Battle of Los Angeles game in which he defeated Brian Myers to make it to the quarter-finals. He then lost to Roderick Strong in the finals.
In March 2015, he beat John Hennigan and was declared the winner of the FWE Heavyweight Championship title. On the 29th of May that year, he defeated Justin Gabriel and became the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
He then won the Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) British Heavyweight Championship title after beating Marty Scurll on the 14th of June, 2015.
On the 14th of January 2016, he competed against Rey Mysterio in the 5 Star Wrestling games. He won only to be later defeated by John Morrison. He then returned to Revolution Pro Wrestling and faced Zack Sabre Jr. to whom he lost. He played his final independent circuit game against Corey Hollis. He defeated Hollis at the Georgia Premier Wrestling tournament.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) years
On the 27th of March 2014, it was disclosed that Neal had signed a contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW.) He played his first game on the 6th of April in which he faced and beat Kazuchika Okada using the Styles Clash move.
He then revealed that he was a member of the Bullet Club. Under NJPW, he fought against many Japanese wrestlers, and he made some significant wins.
In November 2015, he took part in the IWGP Intercontinental Championship where he challenged Shinsuke Nakamura. Later on, he was forced to drop out of the 2015 World Tag League due to an injury.
AJ Styles injury was in his back, so he was unable to compete in the tournament. He made a return on the 4th of January 2016 at the Tokyo-held Wrestle Kingdom 10 game, where Shinsuke Nakamura beat him. Hours later, it was disclosed that he hand tendered his notice to NJPW. He would be leaving the company.
Weeks after making his exit from NJPW, Neal signed his WWE contract. He made his debut on the 24th of January 2016 when he contested for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship title. He defeated Tyler Breeze and Curtis Axel before being defeated by Kevin Owens.
He and Chris Jericho then faced each other, and he beat Jericho. The two then teamed up to from Y2AJ which defeated The New Day duo in two different games.
The subsequent game was the WWE Tag Team Championship in which the pair lost and they decided to break up after the loss. Soon, there was a feud between Neal and Jericho, and the two interfered with each other’s matches.
After a short while, Neal reunited with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to form The Club. At the 2016 WWE draft, the wrestler was drafted under the SmackDown brand while Gallows and Anderson were placed under the Raw brand, so The Club split.
At the SummerSlam, Neal faced and defeated John Cena after which he called himself the “new face of WWE.” He then contested for the WWE World Championship title, and he won against Dean Ambrose to hold the title.
In a rematch that was held on the 27th of September, he still defeated Ambrose. He later defended his title after beating Cena and Ambrose in a triple threat.
In the next game, he tackled James Ellsworth. Contrary to the expectation of many, he suffered a humiliating loss. Ellsworth was offered a chance to fight for the WWE World Championship title, and during the October 18 game, Neal lost via disqualification.
He, however, retained his title. In the next months, he was actively involved in WWE matches. He won and lost titles. His biggest WWE win was his one-year-long WWE Championship reign from 2017 to 2018.
After winning the WWE Championship title for the second time, he was challenged many times, but he kept a spirited fight in each of the matches. He was the first wrestler outside North America to hold the title. He lost the title to Daniel Bryan on the 13th of November 2018 after having it for 371 days. He failed to regain it after being offered a rematch.
In April 2019, the athlete was drafted to the Raw brand where he played in various matches. He won the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank. He became overconfident and ended up losing some subsequent matches.
The injury that he sustained at Money in the Bank saw him taking a short hiatus before returning to the ring for a non-title event in which he defeated Ricochet. He, however, failed to snatch the United States Championship title from Ricochet. In his latest big game, the Super ShowDown 2020, Neal lost to The Undertaker.
Media features and appearances
Have you ever listened to AJ Styles song? Well, he sang his own entrance song whose title is Phenomenal (Entrance Theme.) The hit song was uploaded on the WWE Music channel, and it has over 14.6 million views so far.
Besides singing his entrance song, the athlete has also made several appearances and had several features in a television show, video games, WWE media shows and web shows, including the following;
- Made (2009): He appeared in one episode of this television show as himself. He was the coach, and the episode’s title was Pro Wrestler: Rebecca.
- TNA Impact! (2008): He featured as a playable character in this video game.
- Pro Wrestling X (2008): He was a technical consultant in this video game, but he did not appear in the game.
- TNA Wrestling (2009): He was a playable character in this video game.
- TNA Impact!: Cross the Line (2010): He was a playable character in this game as well.
- TNA Wrestling Impact! (2011): He was a playable character.
- WWE 2K17 (2016): He was a playable character in the video game.
- WWE 2K18 (2017): He featured in the game as a playable character.
- WWE 2K19 (2018): He featured as the cover star of the game as well as a playable character.
- Marvel Super Heroes: What The-?! (2010): He featured as Cannonball in the episode dubbed Winter Games: Day 9.
- Superstar Ink (2016): He appeared as himself.
- UpUpDownDown (2016 to date): He makes regular appearances as himself or the Prince of Phenomenal.
- Southpaw Regional Wrestling (2017 to date): He makes regular appearances as Malibu Ali.
AJ Styles WWE network shows
- Ride Along (2016): He featured in the episode dubbed Rockford as himself.
- Stone Cold Podcast (2016): He appeared in episode 11 of the show.
- The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness (2016): He appeared in the episode dubbed Spring Break!
- WWE 24 (2016 to date): He appeared as himself in four episodes.
- Table for 3 (2017): He appeared in the episode Common Bonds as himself.
Besides the above features and appearances, the DVD dubbed Evolution of a Phenom: The Best of AJ Styles which features the wrestler was released in 2003. The following year, a follow-up DVD titled The Phenomenon Continues: The Best of AJ Styles Vol. 2 was released, and shortly after, TNA released Phenomenal: The Best of A.J. Styles.
The third DVD mainly contained his best matches. In 2013, the DDV dubbed AJ Styles – Styles Clash was released, and it featured the wrestler’s best events from 2002 to 2005. In 2016, a DVD containing 30 of his best games was released.
AJ Styles net worth
How much money does AJ Styles make? Well, the amount that he makes depends on the contract he has signed with the company under which he is signed at a particular time. Over the years, his wrestling gigs and contracts have earned him substantial amounts of money. Presently, his net worth is estimated at $6 million.
AJ Styles wife and children
Back in 2000, the wrestler married Wendy Jones, who is a school teacher. The couple has been married for about two decades now, and together, they have four lovely children. The first of AJ Styles children is son Ajay Covell Jones who was born on the 3rd of May 2005.
He was followed by a second son, Avery Jones, who was born on the 14th of February 2007. Albey Jones, the couple’s third son, was born on the 15th of September 2009.
On the 8th of October 2014, the couple welcomed its first and only daughter, Anney Jones. The firstborn, Ajay Covell, was named in honour of Christopher Daniels, whose real name is Daniel Covell.
The wrestler has an undying love for his family. In 2010, he tattooed the initials and birthdates of his three sons on the right side of his torso. AJ Styles tattoos increased in 2016 when he added the birthdate of his only daughter and fourth child. AJ Styles kids and their parents currently reside in Gainesville, Georgia.
AJ Styles Instagram
How do I contact AJ Styles? Many people often ask how they can contact celebrities either for mentorship or other deals.
When fans and followers can interact with him via the AJ Styles Instagram account that has more than 2.2m followers. On this platform, his admirers and fans get the latest updates about his life and career.
The athlete also has a Twitter account with at least 1.1 million followers. He is very vocal on Twitter about issues related to his career, especially promoting his shows. On his official Facebook page, he has over 1.7 million followers and over 1.3 million likes.
Allen Neal Jones, who is widely recognized as AJ Styles, is a successful professional wrestler and family man. Since he started his career, he has continued to fight his way to the top regardless of the obstacles that he has faced.
AJ Styles has won many titles and lost many matches as well, but his resilience, hard work, and self- discipline in wrestling have earned him honour and respect globally.