Put away your rotten fruit and your pitchforks and listen to me. This stems from a discussion between me and seabs on if this topic was relevant and needed. Would the current AJ Styles storyline have as much impact and momentum as it is currently having, without the Claire Lynch story? Look at where AJ is in "life" now. He is a man who has hit rock bottom. His fans and world has turned against him. Him, the guy who has always stood up for them, defended them at every turn and carried the company on his back. He's a broken shell of a man only concerned with his own personal comeuppance. He has thrown his family and friends to the side and become a destroyed soul. Could he be in this place to give the current story the emotional fuel that drives it without the Claire story? I say no. The story with Claire Lynch was the dagger in the heart of AJ. It tore him down, dragged his name and on screen reputation through the mud and started him on a downward spiral that took away any title shots until BFG and ruined him professionally and personally. The story might not have been the best (in large part due to the woman playing Claire) but it sure as hell got its job done. So in a sense, without Claire we would not have the AJ we are seeing today. Do you think the Claire Lynch storyline was necessary? Or do you think AJ still could have become the man he is now? How would you have booked that then?