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AJ Styles on Other Wrestlers Doing the Styles Clash, WWE Trying to Call Him a Rookie, More
By Marc Middleton
Jan 12, 2018 - 5:50:08 PM

WWE Champion AJ Styles recently spoke with ComicBook.com to promote BOOM! Studios' new Royal Rumble Special issue. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

The comic having a story with the WWE marketing team trying to give him the name "Redneck Rookie" and the redneck part being right but not the second part:

"Well, it was always A.J. Styles because of the problem of having a large tattoo on my side that says A.J. on that. I don't think we'd be able to hide that, but there was a point I think where they were calling me a rookie, to some degree. I'm like I don't know if you can really call me a rookie. I haven't been here in the WWE, but I don't think you can call me a rookie. Redneck, absolutely. There's no way I could hide that. That's exactly who I am, but as far as the rookie thing, that was the only thing that was not ever going to stick."

The mentality of "it didn't happen unless it happened in WWE" being in the story, especially in a confrontation with John Cena:

"Well, the thing is, is when you're stuck in a bubble, you're stuck in a bubble. You don't really notice too much going outside of it. There's so much going in the WWE. A guy came up to me and says, "Man, I have no idea what you've done outside of here." I totally understand because when I was in Japan I was in that bubble. When I was somewhere else I was in that bubble and it's hard to focus on someone else or what's going on somewhere else because you're so consumed with what's going on around you. I would get that."

That bubble theory pertaining to signature moves, including his Styles Clash:

"Truth of the matter is, I've seen a lot of moves done outside of the WWE and then someone does them in the WWE and now automatically they invented it. That was the move that they came ... I've seen it. The joke has always been, if you do it on TV first you're the one invented it. Michelle McCool apparently, or Crash Harley, I've seen him doing the Styles Clash so was it their move? But then again, if you didn't watch WCW in 2001 then you didn't see me do the Styles Clash then, so I'm just throwing that out there."

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