AJ Styles on How Sting Has Influenced His Career, Who He’s Looking Forward to Facing, WrestleMania 32

Mar 26, 2016 - by Marc Middleton

Photo Credit: Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment

– AJ Styles recently spoke with GuideLive.com to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 32. The full interview can be found at this link. Below are highlights:

How 2016 WWE Hall of Famer 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.

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.

Who else on the WWE roster he’s looking forward to facing:

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.

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