AJ Styles Was Surprised to Face Seth Rollins So Soon, Says New Contract Is His Last

– AJ Styles spoke to Newsweek discussing his match with Seth Rollins, his recent re-signing with WWE and more. Highlights are below:

On his move to Raw being a fresh start: “The fact that I have never been on RAW since the brand split its definitely fresh, and different, for me. Its something I look forward to when I got pushed to RAW. I needed that. Everyone did. They wanted to see what it would be like if AJ Styles was on RAW and now we got it. You got one great match under your belt now lets see what comes next.”

On being a locker room leader: “Theres always people that will respect what Ive done in the business and they would come to me for advice. They see me as one of the older guys that they can talk to and ask questions. And I take it upon myself to be encouraging because I know how the business can be. Its not easy and not easy to survive in because there are so many ups and downs. To have someone there to talk you through it makes it easier. I had that someone in my career and I hope to be that kind of guy in their career.”

On how the Wild Card Rule works: “The way I understand it, its first come first serve. So if youre first, then so be it. Thats the way it goes down. Theres always going to be a reason behind it. Im not sure what thatll be I dont know if you can win a championship on RAW or SmackDown. Still dont know all the rules, but well find out. The best part is that you could see your favorite RAW or SmackDown superstar on either show thats why you have to tune in to watch, thats why its live.”

On if he was surprised to face Seth Rollins so soon: “I think everyone was a little surprised that it came so soon, but it may have been the right decision. At first I thought it was way too soon but, at the same time, now that its over it was the right decision.”

On the possibility of reteaming with the Good Brothers: “If it were up to me, wed be together right now. Those two and myself, we have chemistry, man. Its not something you can teach. And they can be very entertaining. Who knows? Maybe soon well be back together again and put on some entertaining matches. But who knows when thatll be. I would love to be back with those guys.”

On if WWE benefits from the competition that the rejuvenated indie scene provides: “As far as the indies and whatnot, I dont think they should ever be competitive with the WWE. They should compete with themselves to make sure they get better everyday because theres no competition, if you want me to be honest. WWE is globally huge. Its unbelievable to know how big the WWE is. People dont understand it. If you want to succeed, dont compete. Be something different, be the alternative. Theres a lot of people that have a good chance, but competition is always a great thing. I hope any company does well so they can be that competition. Competition will always make a better product.”

On his new WWE contract: “I can tell you that this contract that Ive signed is my last. This is the perfect place for me to be. Its family-oriented, I have no problem taking my family to the shows. Its a PG product, which Ienjoy. Im in the best place I can be for my career.”


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