AJ Styles can be counted among the most electrifying superstars of the last ten years, having combined a spectacular style with extraordinary charisma. The former WWE champion made his main roster debut five years ago during the 'Royal Rumble' pay-per-view, entering as the third contender in the men's contest.
Styles joined Vince McMahon's company after spending considerable time at IMPACT Wrestling, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. During his long career within the Stamford-based federation, AJ twice became WWE Champion, also claiming the Intercontinental title and the United States Champion belt.
In a recent conversation on FOX's 'Out of Character' podcast, Styles shared how worried he was on the eve of his WWE debut.
AJ Styles made his WWE debut five years ago
AJ Styles is one of the biggest superstars in WWE right now.
“I had no idea what was going to happen. They just told me he wasn't sure I kept my name. I replied that there were no problems, but I pointed out that I had a huge tattoo on my side that read 'AJ' I was mostly worried about my southern accent which I couldn't hide as I wanted.
I was afraid that Vince McMahon would make me wear a tracksuit and that I would go into the ring with country music in the background” - AJ Styles revealed. Styles currently holds the Raw Tag Team Championship, which he won earlier this year alongside Omos.
The two-time WWE champion later recalled when Samoa Joe nearly choked him with his 'Coquina Clutch' submission move. “His grip was so strong that I couldn't breathe anymore. He practically put me to sleep during a meeting.
Thank God I don't remember so much of those situations." Samoa Joe and AJ Styles share a past in Impact Wrestling, before they were hired by WWE in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Their rivalry culminated in 2018. “That stuff’s hard,” Styles said.
“It’s hard to leave, it’s hard to adjust once you’re done. But I got a taste I guess what that’s like with the COVID stuff, but I didn’t say I liked it. I’m not sure when it’s gonna be over for me but, like I said before, I signed my last contract, so we’ll see when that is”.
AJ Styles was originally planning on retiring from pro wrestling when he was 40 years old, but he ended up changing his mind. He signed a five-year contract with WWE in 2019 which he clarified would be the final one of his career.