AJ Styles is now an established WWE veteran and has proven himself to be one of the most valuable superstars on the roster over the past five years. The two-time WWE champion has reached a level few would have imagined when he made his debut in Vince McMahon's company.
Prior to his arrival in the Stamford-situated federation, Styles was known for his contribution to TNA, before also making a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling as the leader of the Bullet Club. His WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble rocked the world.
of wrestling, which has learned to appreciate its skills over time. In an interview with Bleacher Report, Styles shared how - at the beginning of his WWE adventure - he was afraid of having to perform under a different 'ring name'
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“I remember Triple H and I talked for a long time and he told me they didn't know if they would be able to keep my name. I replied that there were no problems. However, I pointed out that I had a huge tattoo on my back that read 'AJ'
Fortunately, I was able to keep my name in full and this choice paid its dividends in hindsight,” AJ Styles recalled. Most athletes who sign with WWE must pass through NXT before entering the main roster. AJ Styles was an exception to this rule, waging memorable feuds with Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho and John Cena right from the start.
“I was supposed to go to NXT for a couple of months and get familiar with the WWE environment. At that point in my career, I felt I didn't have time to spend at NXT. I knew I had to be placed on the main roster right away and begin my climb to the top of the federation.
Wrestling is my life, but it's also a job, so I want to earn as much money as possible before I retire ”- he admitted. At the age of 43, AJ Styles is one of WWE’s oldest full-time Superstars. Regarding his in-ring future, he told Bleacher Report’s Graham Matthews that he has learned to listen to his body more in recent years.
“It's really whenever it feels right. Some days, I feel like I can go five, six more years; and then some years I'm like, 'Oh, man, I can be done this year.' As you get older, it's just changing. You have to listen to your body and figure out what it can do next.
“With my style, it's a bit different, so I like to push it still to this day. I'm going to go as long as I can, as long as I can stay healthy and see what happens and where it takes us”.