Top 10 AJ Styles Matches From Before WWE

Styles’ match against Shinsuke Nakamura on 04/01/2016 was another classic. It was an exercise in making every movement count, and the flow of the match was a sight to behold. One particularly gorgeous exchange saw a Calf Killer transitioned into an Arm Bar transitioned into a one-armed Styles Clash. Such exchanges gave the crowd little chance to catch their breath.

It would eventually take two Boma-Ye knees for Nakamura to keep Styles down. Somehow, a match that was expected to be fantastic managed to exceed even the lofty expectations of the fans. A fitting way for Styles to end his incredible New Japan run.