Styles, the son of RWF/IGA Legend Scott Styles decided to follow in his father's foot steps and has the packing punch to do so. Styles, was a dominant high school wrestler who won State Championships in his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. With a full scholarship out of high school, Styles took his wrestling talents to Oklahoma State University where he won National Championships in all four years of eligibility. Styles turned down an offer to wrestle in the Olympics and began training to obtain recognition in the professional wrestling scene. Styles took a break from training to take on a contract in an MMA organization where he boasted a record of 13-1, and a reign as Heavyweight Champion. His final match, he would lose by decision, essentially ending his reign. Styles would move on from their to sign with CWF, before immediately being shuttled down to IXWA developmental, where Styles in his first night with the company defeated the IXWA owner, Damian Payne, and later in the night claimed the IXWA Television Title in a Battle Royal. Styles has insisted it's not about gaining respect anywhere he signs, but about the violence his can disperse and the championships he wants to collect.