AJ Styles was originally approached to debut on the first episode of Dynamite
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The Young Bucks recently joined The Good Brothers on Talk’n Shop’s Patreon Podcast and reminisced over their days together in The Bullet Club, the events that led to the formation of AEW, and a whole lot more.
During the podcast, Matt Jackson spoke about the original plans for AEW Dynamite’s debut episode on October 2, 2019. Without naming him directly, Matt said that AJ Styles, along with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, were slated to appear on the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT. Matt, who also serves as an EVP for AEW, revealed that The Young Bucks pitched several ideas to former Bullet Club members. “When were pitching ideas to have you guys [Anderson and Gallows] come in, it was not going to be just the two of you [debuting on AEW]. There was going to be another person who I would not name. Let us just say he’s another Bullet Club member you may not want to talk about,” said Matt Jackson.
Matt revealed that WWE offered Styles a lucrative five-year contract after becoming aware of one of their top stars being poached by AEW. “We were originally going to debut AEW Dynamite at Madison Square Garden. At the end of our match, the three of you [Anderson, Gallows, and Styles] were supposed to jump the guardrail, and we were going to have a Bullet Club reunion. Obviously, things didn’t work out like that,” recalled Matt.
According to Matt, Styles thanked The Young Bucks for getting him a lot more money with WWE. “The first guy in this conversation [AJ Styles] buzzed us and said, ‘I just got too good of an offer [from WWE] and I would have never even got that money without you guys making me an offer. So, I want to thank you.”