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The Phenomenal One
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Ring Name: AJ Styles
Date of Birth: June 2, 1977
From: Gainesville, Georgia
Place of Birth: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Pro Wrestling Debut: 1998
Allen Neal Jones better known by his ring name A.J. Styles, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. He is best known for his 12-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling along with his work in Ring of Honor between 2002 and 2016, and in New Japan Pro Wrestling from 2014 to 2016 as a member and the third leader of Bullet Club. AJ made his professional wrestling debut in 1998. While in TNA, Styles held numerous championships he held seven world championships & 23 championships, overall. Concurrent with his NJPW and ROH work, Styles also performed on the independent circuit, where he held numerous additional championships as well, for a total amount of 51 championships. AJ signed a multi-year contract with WWE in January 2016 & made his debut at the Royal Rumble match. Nicknamed "The Phenomenal One" AJ Styles is nothing short, but phenomenal his accomplishments and athletic skills speaks for itself, and it can't help but draw your attention. Be sure to watch AJ takeover the WWE by storm.

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November 25th: WWE Starrcade
November 26th: WWE Live: Roanoke, Va
November 27th: WWE Live: Charleston, WV
November 28th: WWE SmackDown Lexington, KY
November 30th: WWE Live: LIMA
December 1st: WWE Live: Mexico City, Mexico, DIF
December 2nd: WWE Live: Merida, YUC
December 3rd: WWE Live: Monterrey, Mexico
December 5th: WWE SmackDown: San Diego, CA
December 9th: WWE Live: Pikeville,KY
December 10th: WWE Live: Louiseville, KY
December 11th: WWE Live: Terre Haute, IN
December 12th: WWE SmackDown: Cincinnati, OH
December 17th: WWE Clash of Champions
December 18th: WWE Live: White Plains, NY
December 19th: WWE SmackDown Newark, NJ
December 26th: WWE Live: Chicago, IL
December 27th: WWE Live: Detroit, MI
December 28th: WWE Live: Pittsburgh, PA
December 29th: WWE Live: Hershey, PA
December 30th: WWE Live: Tampa, Fl
January 28th: Royal Rumble: Philadelphia, PA
January 30th: Smackdown: Philadelphia, PA
April 8th: Wrestlemania 35: New Orleans, LA
April 10th: Smackdown: New Orleans, LA

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AJ Styles shocked the world by returning to the mountaintop and becoming WWE Champion for the second time by taking down Jinder Mahal during an edge-of-your-seat title bout in the U.K. several weeks ago on SmackDown LIVE. And Jinder wants his title back.

As The Phenomenal One headed into a Champion vs. Champion clash with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, Mahal promised to exercise his rematch clause once The Beast was finished with Styles. Lesnar did indeed overcome Styles at WWE’s fall classic — though it was a closer fight than Jinder probably expected — and The Modern Day Maharaja was quick to rub it in the champion’s face on the first SmackDown LIVE after the dream match went down.

Styles was all for having their title match then and there, but Mahal decided instead to bide his time and wait until WWE Clash of Champions for the championship bout. The WWE Universe might have considered it unwise for Mahal to afford Styles the extra time to rest and prepare, but as everyone knows, The Modern Day Maharaja has upended conventional wisdom before.

Tune in to see who emerges with the WWE Title at WWE Clash of Champions, streaming live Sunday, Dec. 17, at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.

Published By: CiCi
Date: November 22nd

AJ Styles has been a very busy man for the past few months. He has done interview after interview, live event after live event. You would think that his schedule would slow down. Not with him being United States Champion. AJ has even gone global traveling as far as Asia to do a show in ShenZhen, China. If you missed any of the past few days, we have you covered.

September 13th – Honolulu Hawaii: WWE United States Champion AJ Styles retained over Kevin Owens. Phenomenal match, AJ won with the Phenomenal Forearm.

September 16th – WWE United States Champion AJ Styles retained over Kevin Owens
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September 17th – ShenZhen, China: WWE United States Champion AJ Styles retained over Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a Fatal 4 Way.

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Published By: CiCi
Date: September 20th

WWE world champion AJ Styles has been on a whirlwind ride over the last 10 months. Since making his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble in January, he’s had memorable showdowns with Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, John Cena and Dean Ambrose — to say nothing of James Ellsworth.

The most shocking element is how quickly he’s accumulated a massive following in the WWE, after decades in the wrestling industry working for every other major company in the world, and risen to the top of the ranks in the company.

With Tuesday’s release of WWE 2K17, ESPN’s Tim Fiorvanti had the chance to talk with the “face that runs the place” on SmackDown Live about his love of all things video games, his incredible run over the last year, dream opponents and much, much more.

ESPN: AJ, it’s pretty well documented that you’re a big gamer. I saw a video from about 10 years ago where you had a PlayStation 2, an Xbox, a GameCube and a SEGA Dreamcast with a video screen attached, among a great many other things in your game room at home. What’s the setup like these days?

AJ Styles: If we’re talking about my setup now we could talk about all the retro games that I have, like my collection of hand-held systems that most people have forgotten about, but I also still have systems that can play the old games like a RetroN 5 and other craziness. I also have my arcade machines, and then we can move on to the PS4, and the Xbox One, but I like to play my Xbox 360 as well. So I have pretty much everything, man — I have an addiction, and I admit that.

ESPN: When you’re on the road, how much of that do you end up taking with you? Is it more about the consoles or the handhelds when you’re done wrestling for the night?

AJ: Well I actually take my Xbox 360 on the road. I still enjoy playing my 360 because the last game that they made for college football was 2014, so I have it just so I can play that game. There are also some games [for that system] that I never really got into, but now I really enjoy them, like this game called “Bullet Storm.” I didn’t realize how fantastic this game was at the time, but I’m rocking it right now and it’s awesome. It’s to a point where a lot the guys will go, “What game is that dude?” I’m like, “Dude it’s actually kind of old.” So yeah I still like rocking the 360.

ESPN: You have three kids — are they as enthusiastic as you are when it comes to video games? Have you instilled that in them?

AJ: They’re not as well rounded as I am. My oldest son likes Madden. That’s the one he wants to play, or baseball on the PS4. My second-oldest son, he can’t wait for me to get home and take him WWE 2K17. My third son, he’s on the Wii U, enjoys “Mario Maker” and whatnot. So they’re all involved, but they’re all in different age groups.

ESPN: Let’s talk about WWE 2K17 for a little bit. I think it’s pretty cool, at least for somebody who’s followed your career, that in 2016 in a WWE video game you can have AJ Styles face Samoa Joe. What is that like for you, considering all the different places both of your careers have been?

AJ: It’s pretty neat. I remember Joe telling me when he signed with WWE, and how cool I thought it was that my buddy is going to come in and make a difference, and I knew he would. Then he makes it in time to be in the game this year, which was unbelievable. I don’t know how many people made me in 2K16, but I’ve seen a lot of different AJ Styles, and the fact that they don’t have to do it this year I’m sure is a relief to them. It’s just really neat being a part of it all, man.

ESPN: In terms of some of the guys who you faced prior to signing with WWE, like a Joe, like a Nakamura, how much are you looking forward to the opportunity to showcasing those kinds of matches for a WWE audience in the future?

AJ: Absolutely, I am. I mean, the chemistry I have with both those guys, and other guys that are coming up through NXT or a part of NXT, it’s kind of one of those things where you can’t rush it. But all this stuff is gonna eventually happen. We just have to be patient.

ESPN: As the WWE World Champion, you are playing a pretty massive role in what’s going on in Smackdown Live right now, where everything’s been very well received. For you in particular, we have as our No. 1 in our Power Rankings and we’re certainly not alone. What is it like to have your work recognized and your level of performance recognized to the degree it has since you joined WWE?

AJ: It’s huge. That’s what you work for, is to be recognized. It’s nice to know that the hard work that you’ve put in all these years is finally getting the, I don’t want to say praise, but you know. I busted my tail for so long, I’m just glad it’s getting recognized now as part of the WWE. Because let’s face it, the WWE is the biggest company out there when it comes to wrestling. I’m just happy that I’m being recognized as somebody who works hard, I guess.

ESPN: Ten or 15 years ago, maybe even further back, when you thought about having a career in the WWE, is this sort of what you imagined? How does it compare in terms of what your dreams were and how it’s actually playing out?

AJ: I don’t think you really can compare this to anything. Who would have thought that “Hey man, by the way, as soon as you get to the WWE, you’re gonna get a rocket attached to you. It’s gonna be unbelievable.” The Royal Rumble being as crazy a night as it was for me, and then within nine months I’m the world champion. That’s huge. I don’t think anyone expected that, including myself. Time has everything to do with that. I don’t think that would have happened years ago. The WWE has changed so much since then as well. Who knows — if there had been no Daniel Bryan, would there have been no AJ Styles here in WWE? So there’s a lot of factors that come into play when talking about the past and where I would see myself in this situation years ago.

ESPN: I’m curious, do you feel like there’s a match or a series of matches that really helped you raise your game, raise your profile, and really put you over the top in terms of actually coming to the WWE?

AJ: I don’t know. I don’t know that they go out and look at other matches and go “That’s a guy we need in the WWE.” I don’t know how that process happens. I think there are definitely guys I worked with before that now work here in the WWE, and they might go “This guy’s great, let’s give him a shot.”

ESPN: What about from your side? Is there something you feel like you picked up while you were in Japan that’s really kind of been key to your success that you’ve had here in the WWE?

AJ: I think that I made a lot of noise in my career, and with my work ethic when I was in Japan. I think a lot of people were noticing what was going on. Especially with Tanahashi and Nakamura, having so many amazing matches with those guys. Who’s to say? Do I think Vince McMahon was looking at my matches in Japan going “We need him?” No. He wasn’t, he’s too busy. There’s no way. But somebody may have been looking and going “all right, I like this guy. Let’s give him a shot.”

ESPN: For people who haven’t watched New Japan or don’t really know what it’s like, what was your experience like being able to main event a Wrestle Kingdom show in front of a Tokyo Dome crowd?

AJ: I was also a fan of Japanese wrestling [before I went there]. I watched a lot of VHS tapes from Japan, and to be able to wrestle in the Tokyo Dome at one of the biggest shows of the year was really cool for me. It was my Wrestlemania moment before I had a Wrestlemania moment. And to be able to say that I did a WrestleKingdom and a Wrestlemania in the same year, I don’t think there’s too many people that can say they’ve done that. And I love that. I love being one of those guys that can say that I was on two of the biggest shows of the year.

ESPN: Given the chance, whether you have three or five or 10 Wrestlemanias ahead of you, is there a list you have, like a must-face guy or a dream opponent that you would like to face at some point?

AJ: I always say when it comes to dream matches that is not up to me, that’s up to the WWE Universe. That’s up to the fans. But there is a guy on SmackDown that I have yet to wrestle yet that’s certainly gonna happen at some point, and that’s Randy Orton.

ESPN: My very last question, I’ll swing back to WWE 2K17. If you have to choose one of your greatest opponents to face in the game …

AJ: Sting.

ESPN: Okay, I’ll make it harder — one of your great opponents who has never been in a WWE video game to be in a future edition of WWE 2K, in an AJ Styles story mode or just to be able to use them in the game.

AJ: Oh man. That’s never been in the WWE. Wow, that’s tough, man. That may be the most difficult question I’ve ever had. I mean think about that, who would you love to see in there that hasn’t been there at least in one of the games, because they’ve had so many legends in there before. Phew.

How about Jushin “Thunder” Liger. When you think about all the maneuvers and stuff that he’s come up with and what he’s done in the ring, that’s a pretty big gap to fill. So that’d be pretty cool.

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Published By: Kat
Date: October 14th
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It started as something you barely noticed when watching Raw or Nitro in the late ’90s. Shawn Michaels may have thrown it up in the middle of a match, or Scott Hall would flash it on his way down the aisle. It was an unmistakable gesture that hinted at a secret brotherhood known only to a few.

Twenty years later, it has become the not-so-secret handshake seen in sports-entertainment rings around the world, bridging a generation of Superstars and connecting The Kliq with The Club.

Kevin Nash, Triple H and the four Superstars who brought it back to the forefront of sports-entertainment — AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Finn Bálor — reveal its strange origins, The Kliq and nWo’s influence today, and the person in the locker room who loves to “Too Sweet.”

WWE.COM: Why did The Kliq start to use the gesture?

KEVIN NASH: It came up during a European trip. X-Pac brought it to our attention. It was just one of those things where we got it and the five of us [Nash, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels and Triple H] started to use it.

TRIPLE H: When we did it originally, we were sneaking it into places where we could get away with doing it. A lot of it was breaking the rules, anyway. It really was more about sneakily breaking the rules and seeing if anybody catches on that we’re doing it.

NASH: Whenever The Kliq was together, we’d throw it up. Whenever we were solo, we’d throw it up. When we split in ’96, it became a symbol of the unity of The Kliq.

WWE.COM: What do you call the gesture? A couple of different names are out there.

NASH: We call it the Turkish Wolf. That’s what The Kliq calls it.

FINN BÁLOR: We call it the Too Sweet.

TRIPLE H: The “Too Sweet” sounds very weak. Kevin said that now and then, but it’s not the Too Sweet hand signal. It sounds weak to me. Can we come up with something tougher to call it than the Too Sweet? We sound like a bunch of goofs.

NASH: Everyone calls it the Too Sweet because I used to throw it up in The nWo and call it “Too Sweet,” but it was already established long before The nWo was around.

WWE.COM: Do you guys associate it more with The nWo or The Kliq?

AJ STYLES: Everybody wants to take responsibility for it. Obviously, The nWo. If we want to go way back, who did The nWo get it from?

LUKE GALLOWS: Japan?

STYLES: Wrong. No, no, no, no, no. NC State. [The North Carolina State Wolfpack]

GALLOWS: [Scoffs] Who cares about that?

STYLES: That’s the Wolfpack. That’s a Wolf Kiss, bro.

GALLOWS: That’s stupid. We’re talking about sports-entertainment, brother.

STYLES: Hey, back off, man. Anyway, that’s where it came from, in my head. Therefore, I think it’s legal for everybody to use it and have a good time with it.

NASH: We were throwing the Turkish Wolf up, so it made sense that we were the “Wolfpack.” Since the Wolfpack was owned by NC State, we made it The Wolfpac, so we could register it.

WWE.COM: The Too Sweet first started popping up again in Japan. When did you start using it?

KARL ANDERSON: It started for sure with me and Finn in 2006, in Santa Monica in the New Japan Los Angeles Dojo. We were just buddies and would Too Sweet each other for the hell of it because we thought it was fun. Then, as we progressed and moved into New Japan Pro Wrestling, we always did it to each other on the bus. It was part of our handshake.

BÁLOR: We’d be on these six- to eight-hour bus rides on the New Japan tour bus, going from Tokyo to Osaka or to Kyushu, and absolutely going insane on the bus and trying to think of ways to entertain ourselves. We went through this phase of quoting all The Attitude Era stuff.

ANDERSON: We loved The nWo. We loved Scott Hall. We loved Kevin Nash. It was just kind of our thing.

BÁLOR: It got to the point where we’d be on the bus and four hours into a journey, and there’d be complete silence. We’d just look at each other and wouldn’t even say anything, but we’d both know that we were going to Too Sweet right then. And we would, then go back to sleep or do whatever we were doing. We’d be Too Sweeting each other backstage before we went out or in the locker room that day or in the bar that night.

ANDERSON: Then, one day in the ring, in Tokyo, Japan, we just got a win. Finn got the win.

BÁLOR: We were standing in the ring and Karl goes to give me a high-five.

ANDERSON: He held the Too Sweet up in the air and looked at me. I started to get chills. I said, “Are we doing this right now?”

BÁLOR: And I said, “Yep.” That’s the exact moment it transferred from the locker room to the ring. We started to do it everywhere.

ANDERSON: It was the beginning of a Too Sweet relationship.

WWE.COM: How would you explain its meaning to an outsider?

TRIPLE H: The hand signal was us putting this little tag that said, “We were part of something that we weren’t acknowledging on camera but behind the scenes was big.” When everyone went their separate ways — Kevin and Scott formed The nWo and we became DX — it was a way for us to continue to mess with the part of our fan base that understood the behind the scenes. It was a way for us to look at the world and say, “We’re still together. We’re running in two companies now: WCW and WWE.”

BÁLOR: It’s kind of almost like a secret handshake or secret acknowledgement to the past and the people who paved the way, to pay tribute to those guys and to help carry forward.

NASH: It’s very Masonic Temple, very Freemason and Illuminati.

BÁLOR: When I do it to Karl and Gallows, it feels like a secret handshake vibe. It’s an acknowledgement of a brotherhood — something we’ve been through together. It’s bigger than that now and it’s out there. It has multiple meanings for multiple people.

WWE.COM: June marks 20 years since the formation of The New World Order. Even though this gesture was popularized by The Kliq, it’s part of The nWo’s legacy, too. How did those groups inspire you?

BÁLOR: X-Pac has been one of the people who made me believe in myself that I could become a wrestler. We have a similar size, with him being a smaller guy in a big man’s world. He was definitely one of the people that instilled a belief in me that this was possible. Obviously, Shawn Michaels was my childhood hero. There was nobody cooler than Razor Ramon and Diesel. When they turned into The nWo, they were so bada**. The whole Kliq was hugely influential in all aspects of why I loved and wanted to get into wrestling.

ANDERSON: The Too Sweet is bada**ness because when I think —

STYLES: What did you say? “Bada**ness”? That’s an adjective, by the way.

ANDERSON:   When I think about it, I think of The nWo throwing it up. They were so sweet. For us to bring it back, it’s cool.

GALLOWS: The Too Sweet epitomizes cool. That’s what we grew up on. The nWo was cool. The Kliq was cool. Then we grew up to be cool. So why would we not throw it up? It’s a symbol of unity and it’s bada**ness.

Source: WWE.com

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Published By: Brittany
Date: June 28th


Fox Carolina Interview – May 17, 2016 by AJStylesOnlineCom

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) –
WWE Superstar AJ Styles brought smiles to kids undergoing treatment at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville on Tuesday.

Styles, who attended Anderson University before his pro-wrestling career began, is visiting the Upstate for the first time since joining the WWE in January.

After meeting with local media outlets to promote Tuesday night’s SmackDown taping at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Styles visited with the young hospital patients and their families at Shriner’s. The wrestling star signed autographs, posed for pictures, and even made some new fans.

Styles will compete in WWE Smackdown at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Published By: Kat
Date: May 17th
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No more count-outs. No more disqualifications. No more restarting the match to prevent a technicality from deciding the result. Just Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and whatever is at their disposal in an Extreme Rules Match at WWE Extreme Rules to decide it all.

That’s a big jump for Reigns and Styles to make considering their first title match at WWE Payback was predicated on Styles having “the match of his life” in order to unseat Reigns’ self-proclaimed status as “the guy” around these parts. But with the introduction of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson as potential accomplices to an unwitting Styles, it quickly became clear that Reigns’ first title defense of the New Era wasn’t exactly going to be first fall to a finish.

Even so, nobody expected quite how out of hand it was going to get. Things got so messy at WWE Payback that it took several restarts of the match by both Shane and Stephanie McMahon to eventually get to a fall at all, and only when the match had mutated into a No Count-out, No Disqualification contest was Reigns able to seize his win. That’s hardly a decisive victory, though, and it was almost immediately decided among the McMahons that drastic measures would be taken to protect the return bout, so here we are with an Extreme Rules Match to show for it.

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Published By: Brittany
Date: May 2nd

AJ Styles spoke to the National Sport about WWE’s upcoming tour to Dubai which he’ll be touring on.

AJ Styles cannot wait to entertain the UAE crowds at next month’s WWE Live Dune Bash Tour in Dubai.

Styles has been added to the roster listed to be in action on both April 14 and 15 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, along with Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, the New Day and Sami Zayn, along with many others.

It will not be the 38 year old’s first visit to Dubai, and he is eager to return to the emirate.

“Yeah I have been there before,” the American said when answering a question from The National during a conference call with other media outlets. “It is a beautiful place. The hotels are amazing. There are so many great things about it and I can’t wait for the opportunity to get back there.

“It is literally worth the plane ride to go and see something so beautiful so I am very excited to be over there again.”

Styles made his debut in the WWE, having garnered a reputation as one of the best workers in the business on the independent scene, at the Royal Rumble in January.

As to what the UAE public can expect from him next month, he added: “They don’t call me ‘phenomenal’ for nothing.

“I like to get in there, I have one gear, it is all or nothing with me, and I just want to have entertaining matches and give these people what they want, so if they want a bit of everything I can give them that.”

WrestleMania 32 is this Sunday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a crowd of more than 100,000 expected to attend.

Styles will take on Chris Jericho in a singles match at the event, and it will be his first WrestleMania as a competitor.

Of his desire to be involved in the biggest WWE event of the year, Styles said: “I think if you watch one WrestleMania, and see the build-up that goes into it, how could you not want to be a part of WrestleMania?

As to if he has a favourite WrestleMania moment, he added: “There have been so many unbelievable matches that have been part of it that it is hard to pick one, but I have the WWE Network, I have seen all the matches and seen the Mania moments and I am just happy that I get to have one this year.”

Styles and Jericho have already met three times in singles matches, with Styles 2-1 up in victories, while they briefly aligned as a tag team, before Jericho attacked Styles after they lost to the New Day in a WWE tag team titles match.

“The feud is getting attention, so we must be doing something right,” Styles said of the rivalry with Jericho.

“We have had three matches before this, one-on-one, and then we had the tag match, and they have been great matches, and so hopefully to have another and have it on the biggest stage of them all is very special and I can’t wait for the opportunity to get in front of all those people at WrestleMania and put on a match they won’t forget.”

 

Published By: Shawn
Date: April 2nd

“The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles has been wrestling for nearly two decades, but aside from a short two-match stint in WWE in 2002 he’s spent his entire career in smaller promotions in the United States and across the world. After two years in Japan, where he was a two-time IWGP heavyweight champion, Styles finally made his long-awaited WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble and spent nearly a half-hour in the ring before being eliminated by Kevin Owens. Styles has since been ruthlessly taunting Chris Jericho, who finally snapped and agreed to a match at WrestleMania 32 Sunday. With just a few days before his first appearance at the biggest show in professional wrestling, Styles talked to Fox Sports about his transition to the WWE and who he hopes to face in the future.

Fox Sports: Have you been surprised at all at the reception you’ve gotten from WWE fans since you debuted in the Rumble?

AJ Styles: Very surprised, but very relieved at the same time. Walking through that curtain for the Royal Rumble you’re not sure if anyone’s going to know you… but they knew exactly who I was.

FS: What is AJ Styles’ number one goal in the WWE?

Styles: I think for me, personally, is to be that guy everyone wants to wrestle. I want to be that guy. They expect great matches from me. Despite the fact that yes… Sunday I’d love to be at the main event of WrestleMania, but [what’s] most important to me my peers respect me, and at the same time, want to have me around.

FS: Have you had to make any changes to your in-ring style or your on-camera promo work in transitioning from Japan to the WWE?

Styles: Not really, I think that a lot of people think the Styles Clash is banned, you can’t do that anymore. It’s not necessarily that, there’s some guys that are just too big to get that in. The roster of the WWE is a big roster, so you have to improvise – but part of being an entertainer is that you’ve got to be able to adapt to every situation and be able to hit stuff on guys or are bigger than you or smaller than you. For me, it’s not that big of a deal… I’m pretty used to it because I’ve been wrestling 17 years. It’s one of those things.

FS: What’s been the best aspect for you, personally, of being back in the US full-time?

Styles: Honestly the thing that worried me the most being in Japan is that if something were to happen with my family that I couldn’t just step on the plane and get home. At least here in the WWE that’s exactly what would happen. And I know that they would put me on that flight and get me out as quick as they possibly could because they’re very family-oriented. That’s one thing that I love so much about the WWE. It’s a perfect place for me to work.

FS: Chris Jericho finally accepted your WrestleMania challenge last night on Monday Night Raw, do you think that’s a matchup that could sneakily steal the show?

Styles: I think that him and I match up very well. We know each other very well. I’ve watched him for years. Jericho… he’s not one of those guys that doesn’t pay attention to what’s going on. He knows what I’m capable of, and him and I aren’t going in there thinking ‘we’re just going to do what we have to do to get through it.’ It’s going to be one of those things where we plan on tearing down the house. I know he thinks the same way as I do.

FS: Are there any WWE stars you haven’t had the chance to work with yet that you’re dying to get in the ring with?

Styles: I’m going to be honest with you. I haven’t even talked to John Cena! Or Randy Orton. I’ve never met those guys. So I’d be happy to just get the opportunity to talk with those guys, and eventually get in the ring with them. And I think everybody would love to see a Seth Rollins match. Cesaro is a guy I go back with as well. There’s a couple guys that I’d like to wrestle but truthfully, I want to wrestle as many guys as I can.

FS: Another wrestler you worked with in Japan, Shinsuke Nakamura, is making his debut at NXT TakeOver: Dallas on the Friday before WrestleMania. For fans who may not be familiar with Nakamura, what can they expect from him?

Styles: Shinsuke Nakamura is probably one of the best wrestlers I’ve ever been in the ring with. He’s very unorthodox. Everything he does is with knockout power. He’s a guy who is very flamboyant so don’t let his Michael Jackson antics fool you, this guy is deadly. He will knock you out. [He’s a] great athlete, can’t say enough great things about him. I know personally how good he is and I’m ready for the WWE Universe to experience how great he is.

FS: You tweeted about a scary moment you had at the airport last week, what happened there?

Styles: Well as soon as I got off the plane [in Atlanta] and went to get my bag they had us go into the north terminal – if you know Atlanta Hartsfield-€“Jackson airport – when I got off they threw everyone to one side of the airport and they go ‘nope, everybody out!’ So apparently there was a bag left out, a suspicious bag. I guess they checked it out, everything seemed to be alright. I personally had just left, my son was having a field trip in the Atlanta area so I went and visited with him a while, came back, got my bag and everything was fine within an hour or two. I may have made it a bigger deal than anybody else, but I didn’t know what was happening. It seemed like ‘uhh, this is weird!’ With everything that’s going on, I’m glad they took the precautions they did.

WrestleMania 32 happens this Sunday, April 3rd, at AT&T Stadium. The biggest WWE show of the year will begin at 7 p.m. ET on WWE Network (which is now free for one month for new subscribers).

Source: FoxSports.com

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Published By: Shawn
Date: March 29th

AJ Styles has been in the WWE for just a few months since his debut at the Royal Rumble and is currently embroiled in a feud with fellow veteran Chris Jericho.

When he entered the Rumble, the Phenomenal one came face-to-face with then-WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, who is seeking to retain his title in the main event of WrestleMania 32 against Triple H.

“I think that Roman Reigns is the guy for the job right now,” Styles told Digital Spy and other journalists when asked about the current number one contender.

“I think him and Triple H are going to tear it up at WrestleMania. It’s a very exciting match that I think a lot of people wanna see.

“And who knows when him and I may run in together, but when we do it’ll be a great thing.”

Recalling his debut, Styles said: “I was in shock. I honestly could not believe it.

“Before I walked out I was just hoping that someone in the WWE Universe would know who I was, and it turns out there was a lot of fans that knew exactly who I was.

“It was very exciting to walk through and walk down the aisle and the fans going nuts, the WWE Universe going absolutely bonkers over it. It was a great feeling and what a way to start in the WWE.”

He added: “There was speculation that I was going to be in the Royal Rumble but no-one really knew.

“The fact that they were able to keep that quiet in a world where nothing’s kept a secret was pretty awesome.”

Of why he came straight to the main roster and bypassed NXT, Styles said: “When it comes to making the decision or not on whether I was going to go there, that wasn’t up to me.

“I wasn’t able to make that decision. But I’m very happy to be on the main roster.”

He continued: “At the same time, it’s only a matter of time before I’m working with guys who are part of NXT. Some of them I’ve actually worked with before.

“It’s just a matter of time before NXT guys are moved up to the main roster and we get to have those incredible matches.”

Asked which NXT talent he would like to face, Styles said: “I don’t think it’s just me that would love to see Finn Balor and us in the ring… I think he’s been great.

“He’s the perfect guy [to be holding the belt]. And he’s doing a wonderful job. He’s not the only reason NXT is doing so well but he’s definitely a big part of it.

“With Samoa Joe and a lot of the other guys down there. And Shinsuke Nakamura on his way – it’s just unbelievable.”

AJ Styles was the third leader of the Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling, replacing founding member Prince Devitt, who of course now wrestles as Finn Balor in WWE.

Amid rumours that Balor could resurrect the Bullet Club in NXT or WWE, Styles was asked if he could see himself once more leading a stable.

“A leader of a group? Well you never know when that might happen,” he replied.

“You just never know who you’re going to team up with and everything fits the way it should and you have a group that’s unbelievable.

“So you never know. I could definitely see something like that happening.”

Asked who else he would like to face after he’s done with Jericho, Styles said: “As far as dream matches go, that’s not a question that’s up to me.

“That’s up to the fans, who they think is the dream match. If they want to see a dream match I’d be willing to give them whoever they want me to wrestle – that’s a question for them.”

He continued: “There have been so many greats. So many great champions that people have even forgotten about.

“But I do believe that Seth Rollins and I would be able to tear the house down – then again there’s a lot of champions that I’d be able to do that with.”

Styles added: “I would love to wrestle Nakamura again and I think he’s going to do really well in the WWE. I think it’s the perfect place for him.”

When it was suggested that he and Kevin Owens could rekindle their past battles, Styles said: “I think in good time after hopefully I’m done with Jericho.

“Then I go after a title and if it’s around Owens’s waist then I’m going to go after it.

“Kevin and I have wrestled before so we know each other very well, so it’s easy for us to get in the ring and do great things.”

Source: DigitalSpy.com

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Published By: Shawn
Date: March 29th

A seasoned veteran of the professional wrestling industry, ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles is adjusting to life in the WWE and getting ready for his first WrestleMania. He shares some of his thoughts on wrestling’s biggest show as the AT&T Stadium mega-event nears…

On finally getting the chance to perform at WrestleMania…

Styles: It’s awesome. I can’t say enough great things about the experience I’ve had here in the WWE, and to hopefully get the opportunity to wrestle at WrestleMania is unbelievable because I never thought this would happen. You know, I have the WWE Network, I’ve watched all these moments, and felt that I may never have it. But now, a couple weeks away, it’s a big deal. It really is. I can’t put into words how big a deal it is for me. It’s a milestone in my career that I never thought I’d get the opportunity to cover.

Have you had any other big career moments in Dallas or is WrestleMania going to take the cake?

Styles: Literally going to take the cake – it’s WrestleMania. There’s nothing that compares to it. It’s the biggest stage that I’ll ever be on.

How 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Sting has influenced his career…

Styles: Well he definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. It’s been a long time coming. Very proud to call him a friend, and to see him in the Hall of Fame.

If you watch a lot of my stuff you’ll know how much impact he’s had on my career. I have the clothesline in the corner, but it’s really the Stinger Splash. I do the Scorpion Death Drop – you know, I put a back flip into it, but it’s still the Scorpion Death Drop. So, he had a lot of influence on my career.

I really liked Sting a lot growing up. I always thought of him as like a superhero wearing the paint. Then, he switched over to this ‘dark Sting’ which is one of my favorites, the crow Sting, if you will. He was one of my favorites for a long time, and he still is. He’s one of my favorite guys in this business.

On his path to choosing a career in pro wrestling…

Styles: As far as I was concerned, I was going to be a pro football player, basketball player, baseball player, something like that. It never really got in my head that I was going to be doing wrestling.

It was kind of just one of those things – me and my little brother, we beat up the stuffed animals just like most boys do, jumping off the dresser giving them elbow drops – I did all that. But it wasn’t something where I thought I’m going to be a pro wrestler when I grew up. It just kind of happened, as crazy as that sounds.

When wrestling got so big back in ’96, ’98 I really started watching a lot, as did everyone. Told a couple guys who were very involved with watching pro wrestling that if they ever found a place to train – because they were looking – that I’d go with them. They found a place about 20 minutes from the house – I went. Lo and behold, 17 years later I’m talking to you.

Was working with Chris Jericho always the plan as you came into WWE?

Styles: Don’t know. Wasn’t really sure how it was going to work out – I knew nothing. I just wanted to come in, and have great matches and put on a great show. They never said who exactly I’d be working with. So, it was a pleasant surprise to know that I’d be working with Jericho.

If you had a choice, who else on the roster are you looking forward to work with?

Styles: I want that whole roster. I want to get in there with every one of them, and just have great matches with all of them because it’d be very easy to do. There’s different wrestlers from the bigger guys to Kalisto, who’s one of the smallest, but at the same time I know it’d be fun to get in there with him, as well. Then again, I want to get in there with the Big Show.

Which ‘Mania matches are you looking forward to?

Styles: That’s a tough one. You got the ladder match – that’ll be crazy. You got Roman Reigns and Triple H, but you’ve also got Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. I think the reason why I’m so interested in that is I have no idea what might happen. The Undertaker, well…he’s The Undertaker. Shane McMahon, a lot of people look past the fact that he’s a great athlete. He’s not just the promoter’s son, Vince McMahon’s son, he’s an athlete, and from what I’ve seen here lately, the guy’s pretty scary.

Will you get a chance to see the NXT TakeOver in Dallas?

Styles: I hope so. I hope I get the opportunity to drop by, and watch those guys. It’s going to be a great event. Shinsuke Nakamura, it’ll be his first opportunity to show what he can do, and against Sami Zayn, it’ll be a great match – one you don’t want to miss.

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Published By: Shawn
Date: March 25th