AJ Styles was recently interviewed by The Daily Mail ahead of his match at WWE Night of Champions against Seth Rollins to crown a new World Heavyweight Champion. He discussed a number of topics, including the injury that sidelined him, The OC, how things are with Triple H in charge, and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

Styles on how his injury occurred:

‘It was a simple thing, something I’ve done a million times and usually it happens the same. I was taking a backdrop, and I could have hit my back on the apron a little bit, but in that couple of seconds of landing on the outside my ankle, depending on the mat and where it was, turned in on me and snapped.

I knew right when I did it, it was one of those things, it was like ‘I’m done’. As far as rehab is concerned, as soon as I’m able to rehab, I’m on rehab and it’s crazy how being in a boot for a while you forget how to there are certain things we take for granted – like walking and running and jumping.

Styles on the current OC in WWE:

‘I think that when we’re together, that’s when we do the best business. Having Mia/Michin – whatever you guys, or whatever WWE wants to call us – it works. It’s a good little family there and we all know each other so well and Mia is such a good extension to that family that we have. I think it’s awesome and I just want to get into it and do more, not do less, do more, and let’s get back to work.’

‘I don’t know how exactly it came around and who made the idea, but I can tell you she is a great fit for us. She is like perfect, she was the missing piece, I love her man, sweetheart of a girl, I love having her on the team and she’s a great asset to the OC. I’m looking forward to doing more stuff with her as part of the group.’

Styles on Triple H being in charge of creative:

‘I don’t feel like it’s much of a switch. Again, we have a job to do and we do it to the best of our abilities whether it’s Triple H or Vince McMahon. The orders are coming down from them and I want to make sure they get what they want, I want to give them what they envisioned in their head and I want to bring it to the ring and do that same thing.

So it’s not much different, I’m sure some people would disagree, but I look at what I do from a different perspective. Wrestling is my job and I love my job, but it’s not my life. I think I look at it through a different lens than most because my life doesn’t revolve around wrestling, my family does, that’s what it revolves around and wrestling is a job I really enjoy doing. Not many people can say that but I think that’s what helps me in my career.

They also discuss Styles’ children becoming wrestlers, Omos, his retirement, and more.


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