AJ Styles on Changing His Name for WWE, Giving Guidance to Charlotte, and Sasha, and Becky



AJ Styles recently appeared on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast (transcript creditwrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On The Willingness To Change His Name If WWE Had Asked: “‘Oh, he’s BJ Smiles!’, like I’m a wrestler from Fire Pro Wrestling,” Styles joked. “I literally was like, ‘you know what, man? I’ll do whatever you guys want to do. Sure, I’d like to keep my name, but who wouldn’t? But that’s not going to stop me from going to the WWE. I want to do what’s best for my family and my career, so if it works out, it works out [and] if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.’ A lot of prayer went to this stuff, but everything worked out the way that it should’ve and they knew, I mean, it just goes to show how smart they are as well, because when the word ‘phenomenal’ popped on that screen [at WWE Royal Rumble 2016], it was like, that was the right thing to do.”

On Working With Charlotte, and Sasha, and Becky: “Well, I make sure I try not stepping on any toes because I know that they’re learning from other people and I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes because they have their way of doing things. But, in some instances, I’ll be like, I’ll watch and I can’t help myself and I’m like, ‘hey, you know what would be good right here?’ and just stuff like adding stuff to what they’ve already done. And some of my favorite people to work with are like Charlotte, and Sasha, and Becky. Those girls are awesome and they’re all about taking it to the next level. Just talking to them [and] hearing them get excited about the match and how awesome it’s going to be gets me excited. I want to help with that.”