Let’s just state facts here: Fewer performers have had a better run in WWE in as short of a time than AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One has only been with the company since January 2016, and since then, he’s had marquee feuds with Roman Reigns, John Cena and Dean Ambrose (and, uh, James Ellsworth), and he’s held both the WWE World Championship and the U.S. Championship two times each. Let’s also not forget his stellar matches at back-to-back WrestleManias, against Chris Jericho and Shane McMahon. Hell, that’s how we got this killer GIF.
Well, those Mania opponents were nothing compared to what is currently being hinted at by WWE itself: Shinsuke Nakamura. Last night, as the Smackdown Live crew ended their European tour in Florence Italy, Styles defended the WWE Championship in the main event against both Nakamura and Jinder Mahal. Following Styles’ victory, with the crowd going wild, this happened:
In case you have a hard time making out that audio, Styles simply says, “If you want me at WrestleMania, Shinsuke Nakamura, I tell you that’s too sweet!”
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time the two have met on a grand stage: If you haven’t seen Styles/Nakamura from NJPW’s WrestleKingdom 10, have you even lived, bro?
But we all know that nothing really happens in wrestling unless it happens at WrestleMania, and it just so happens that WrestleMania 34 is only five short months away. While we know WWE’s social media isn’t always in 100 percent lockstep with the whims of Vince McMahon, this matchup sure seems like a slam dunk, especially since AJ Styles is the champion now, giving this potential Wrestle Kingdom rematch some extra juice. C’mon, Vince: Give the people what they want.