2. AJ Styles (WWE Champion)
AJ Styles has been one of the greatest WWE Champions in the history of the company, but there is no denying he caught a lucky break this past weekend at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Styles and his biggest rival to date, Samoa Joe, had a match for the WWE title on Sunday. The match itself was phenomenal (pun intended), however it did end in controversial fashion.
As Styles was going for his patented Phenomenal Forearm, Joe countered and caught AJ in the Coquina Clutch. As Joe tried to fully lock the move in, Styles blocked it by rolling backwards over Joe into a pin. Although the champ got the 1, 2, 3, Joe jumped up like he had won the match, yelling at the ref that the champ had tapped out. After multiple replays, we finally see that AJ indeed was tapping out to the Clutch as the ref was counting and before he counted to 3.
After the match, SD General Manager Paige announced a rematch for the Super Show-Down next month, and seemed to hint at the match getting a stipulation that would lead to there being a clear-cut WWE Champion. AJ has fought off every challenger he’s faced in his historic run as WWE champ, but his run may be coming to an end soon. If it does, expect Styles to fall in our Rankings. However, if he pulls out another victory, it may be time to make the #1 spot phenomenal.