AJ Styles has been considered one of the best pro wrestlers by both fans and his peers alike. He is getting older and also wiser with age, which has been reflected in his in-ring capabilities. Now it appears that Vince McMahon had no plans for him after his WWE debut in 2016.

After appearing in the 2016 Royal Rumble, AJ Styles competed in several high-profile feuds against stars such as Randy Orton, John Cena and many others. Fans were initially worried about him after his debut, but those worries were eventually put to rest.

Following his debut at the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles was immediately involved in a program with Chris Jericho. It saw him team up with Jericho before feuding with Y2J, culminating in a match at WrestleMania 32.

While speaking on his My Love Letter to Wrestling podcast, AJ Styles talked about his WWE debut in 2016 and subsequent plans. Styles revealed that Vince McMahon had no plans for him after his WWE debut.


I’m not sure how I snuck in there. I think maybe the success of the BULLET CLUB helped for sure with maybe some of the (WWE) writers if they asked him, ‘What do you think about A.J. Styles?’ I don’t how it worked out but I can tell you this, Vince McMahon had no idea who I was. There’s no way because he had no plans for me after the Royal Rumble. I wasn’t supposed to be at Raw the next day. Yeah, so he just thought it was a fluke that I got the pop that I did in Orlando and I didn’t need to be on TV but I was and I had a very basic match because I thought that Vince wanted to see a babyface be a babyface.

He brung me back and he sat me down and I’m so grateful that he did, he says, ‘Listen, I got a thousand guys that can do what you do’ and I said, ‘Hmm.’ He goes, ‘I need a Pitbull’ and I go, ‘Oh, oh! I know that guy’ and that’s exactly the guy I was in New Japan and everywhere else. So it was easy for me to come out and be that guy that he wanted to see and that’s when I think I gained his trust. Like okay, this guy sees my vision and is gonna go out there and show it and so, yeah, that’s the way that worked.

AJ Styles will also be okay after his pro wrestling career ends. It remains to be seen whether AJ Styles will be able to defeat Seth Rollins at Night Of Champions on May 27th and become the first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion. After all, fans want to see Styles hold a major title at least one more time before he calls it quits.

What’s your view on AJ Style’s WWE debut? Do you think he has had a solid career so far? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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