I love AJ. I think the guy lives up to his moniker every time he steps into the ring; this includes his NWA-Wildside, IWA-MS, IWC, Zero-1, and 3PW stuff. He has a knack for looking fluid in the ring, timing his strikes, selling moves as a way to progress the story (as opposed to Ziggler’s "Look, I'm dead" approach), and AJ remained creative in his matches. AJ is phenomenal to watch and always has me talking about his matches, even when he uses the same set list from his previous 10 matches, move for move. He just seems like an authentic athlete that you enjoy watching perform.
As for this whole AJ/WWE thing - AJ isn't the WWE's type since he isn't a major talker. Had WCW stayed afloat, AJ would have been the next Billy Kidman (in my opinion); a cruiser who moved up the ladder and into the WHC scene. After 3 matches with the WWE, both Styles and WWE knew that the E wasn't the place for him because AJ is the type who can tell stories with his art but isn't the smoothest talker. It's this southern style that makes me think of him as his generations Barry Windham, but will have a notorious career similar to Stings; In that I mean he will be talked about as one of the better performers of his generation to have never made it big in the WWE Fans idea of "the only thing that exists is what the WWE creates - everything else is beneath me." that the E Universe has been scrubbing their minds with for years.