AJ Styles is widely regarded as one of the best pro wrestlers in the world by both fans and his peers. However, age has caught up to him as Styles has confirmed he has retired a legendary move he used to do.

At WWE Backlash 2024, Cody Rhodes retained the Undisputed WWE Championship by defeating AJ Styles in the main event. Fans praised Styles, now in his mid-40s, for delivering one of his best performances in recent years as he showed off his adapted moveset to keep pace with younger competitors.

In a recent SHAK Wrestling interview, AJ Styles explained why he won’t be using his Spinal Tap move in the ring anytime soon. He noted that the complex flip has become too awkward after not practicing it for so long. He added that he hasn’t tried it even on a trampoline or in a pool.

“If you’ve ever heard, ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it,’ that’s 100% the case,”


“It’s a very awkward way to flip and do some stuff. And I had put it[spinal tap] on the backburner for so long, I just lost it.”

“And it’s in my head, but if I can’t pull it off the way that I want to do it, I don’t want to do it at all.”

“I haven’t even attempted it on a trampoline, in a pool, nothing. It’s there for the [Will] Ospreays or anybody else who wants to do it.”

We will have to wait and see what’s next in store for The Phenomenal One, as he made sure all of his haters know he can still compete at a top level inside the squared circle when it matters.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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