As noted on Friday night, AJ Styles has been traded to Friday Night SmackDown.
The announcement was made by Michael Cole and, as reported by Ringside News, it was a late decision and the trade announcement was something that was decided on after the SmackDown tapings. Cole was asked to do a voiceover from his house to be inserted into the broadcast. There was a second voiceover done that was inserted later into the show.
Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to advance in the Intercontinental Championship tournament and WWE has been pushing that the IC title is the only belt he has never won while with WWE so that may be the reason for the trade.
Another thing to consider is that WWE announced that the “Brand to Brand Invitational” only allows Superstars to appear on the opposite brand four times per year but Styles will burn through that number just by appearing in the tournament matches.
Also, as noted on Friday night, it looks like there are bigger plans for Styles because he cut a promo on WWE.com that seems to hint towards a big match with major name. Click here for more on that story.