UPDATE: There are rumors floating around about Styles being pulled from this weekend’s shows. Nothing has been announced yet by WWE and he is still listed on the WWE website, as of this writing.
ORIGINAL: For those that have asked, AJ Styles did not wrestle at the Smackdown tapings this week because he’s been banged up. There was an injury scare last month when he landed awkwardly on his head during a match with Alberto Del Rio but he did not miss a beat and he did wrestle on the overseas tour. I should note that a few wrestlers were pretty banged up from that tour but there were no serious injuries.
A WWE source confirmed that Styles was given a break but he is still scheduled to wrestle at this weekend’s live events so he is apparently not too banged up. WWE wants to be cautious with wrestlers that have a history with back and neck issues and, in the case of Styles, they want to make sure he is good to go for his match with Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules.
Styles’ back issues flared up last year due to his busy independent wrestling schedule but he credits DDP Yoga for helping him heal up.