AJ Styles Talks WWE Debut, The Royal Rumble, And Performing In Future Rumbles
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AJ Styles recently sat down with Yahoo Sports to discuss a handful of topics, including his debut in the WWE in 2016, the Royal Rumble, and what it’s like performing in a match as chaotic as the Rumble itself.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On his WWE debut:
Not only is it one of the biggest pay-per-views in WWE, it’s WWE in general. It was my first time under contract, working for a company that is easily the biggest in the world. Was I a little nervous? Oh yeah. Was anybody going to remember A.J. Styles? I had worked at this little place in Orlando, I was in Japan a lot, so I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect.
On the Royal Rumble:
I was in a position that gave me the opportunity to really shine, When I walked out for the Royal Rumble, there was only one man in the ring. I went No. 3 and the spotlight was on me. The fans had no idea whose music was playing and then when they figured out who it was, it was even more exciting because they had no idea what would happen and they had no idea that AJ Styles was coming to WWE.
It couldn’t have been any better. Once I step into the ring, those jitters and that nervousness goes away, that doesn’t exist anymore. Walking down the aisle, yes, you’re still feeling it.
On performing in future Royal Rumbles:
For me, even right now as we speak, I’m excited because I’ve only done one in my career in WWE,” Styles said. “I think it would be cool to be in it again because of the stature of the pay-per-view. We know WrestleMania is the biggest one, but which one comes second? I don’t know. I find that more people think that the Royal Rumble is second. It’s a big deal.