AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Title will take place at Saturday’s Night of Champions premium live event in Saudi Arabia.
WWE created the title due to Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns staying on SmackDown in the Draft and working a limited schedule.
Styles spoke about the new top title on Raw and Reigns in an interview with The New York Post. Here are the highlights.
Elevating the title:
“Is it a secondary? Well if the Raw championship is held by Roman, the SmackDown championship is held by Roman, then how can you argue that it’s not? We had to make a new championship because Roman holds them all.
“What happens if he decides to wrestle for the World Heavyweight championship? It is what it is and we got what we got. If we make the best of it, and if and when Roman does challenge [for it], we beat the brakes off of him, whomever it might be, then we’ll see what title’s secondary.”
What it takes to be World Champion:
“This guy’s gonna be on the pay-per-views, he’s gonna be on the live events, he’s gonna do all these things that need to be done,” Styles said. “When I was [WWE] champion I was on all the live events, I was on all the pay-per-views, all the TV’s. That’s what you do.
“The price for being the World Heavyweight champion is, yes, you get the recognition of being the champion, but you also have to do the job of being the world champion. You got to be there and you got to do the job.”
“This is what you want to do, this is what you want to be,” Styles said. “This is what you’re trying to get to in your career. I’m not mad at him. I told him, ‘if I could do it I would, but I’m not Roman Reigns.’”
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