Video: AJ Styles on If WWE Is an Aspiration, Missing Out when WCW Closed, His Prime, More

Jan 24, 2016 - by Marc Middleton

– As seen above, AJ Styles recently spoke with The Tag Rope. Below are few highlights from the interview:

Missing out on his chance at the big-time with WCW closing in 2001:

“It was a little depressing, not only that [WCW] went out of business, but the fact that WWE did not pick me up. But in retrospect, it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I wasn’t ready to be in WCW and I wasn’t ready to be in WWF at the time. It was great getting back onto those indies and really learning. I learned so much going to Ring of Honor, it was a big learning curve for me at the beginning because everything was different, things were done different in the North East than they were in the South East. But it was a great thing that happened to me, it was the best thing that could’ve happened.”

His veteran role in New Japan Pro Wrestling:

“The truth of the matter is that guys don’t get very good until they’re in their 30’s, and it’s because of that experience that you need in your 20’s, to be this star in your 30’s. And when you’re in your 30’s, you finally get it. So it’s all about experience.”

If he feels like he’s reaching his prime as a performer:

“I do. I’ve acquired so much knowledge over my tenure in being a pro wrestler that it’s really starting to pay off now. A lot of people will say, “You know, he doesn’t do some of the stuff that he used to”, but it’s not that I don’t do it, I just do it at the right time.”

Whether WWE is an aspiration:

“You know, I’m always going to do what’s best for my family. That’s my first priority, my job is to take care of them, any way that I can. Wherever that business takes me, I’m taking care of them, that’s where I’ll go.”

It was also noted that while promoting The Tag Rope magazine, AJ threw up The Bullet Club salute before noting, “Might be the last time I ever do that.” He added, “Crazy stuff going on in the life of AJ Styles that you don’t want to be a part of, I guarantee it.”

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