AJ Styles wins U.S. Title at WWE Live Event at Madison Square Garden: Exclusive, July 7, 2017

AJ Styles recently appeared on the Edge & Christian Podcast of Awesomeness where he spoke about the MSG win, feuding with Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE and who he wants to face.

Firstly, Styles explained that the decision to have Kevin Owens drop the United States Championship at Madison Square Garden was Vince McMahon’s decision and he believes it to be a wise one.

“To me, it’s smart. It’s something that hasn’t been done in a long time and to do it at Madison Square Garden and everybody with WWE knows that’s a big deal. I think it was awesome. I think it was very clever and I loved it. There was a pop, ‘he won! Yes!’ but, ‘well, who’s going to walk out there?’ and then, there was another pop because nobody walked out there. It was really cool, but it was smart to not do that every year, but every couple of years to do something like that. I think it just came down to doing something different and it was Vince’s call and no one else’s. And yeah, it was great.”

Styles would speak next about the WWE Championship potentially changing hands on a live event.

“You never know. And who knows? When the guys wrestling, whoever it may be wrestling Jinder Mahal, they may switch it. If you’ve got John Cena working Jinder Mahal on the main event or whatever, it could possibly happen. That’s a good idea. That’s a business move to some extent.”

Styles would proceed to explain who he wants to face in WWE.

“I have yet to wrestle Rusev and I think that would be really fun, to wrestle a guy like him. But there are guys on the RAW side that I haven’t really been in the ring with like Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor. I think people want to see. I’ve never worked Shinsuke Nakamura on US soil, so that could be a big deal as well.”

Styles than explains that he told WWE officials just how important a feud and possible ‘WrestleMania’ pay-per-view is with Nakamura.

“Hopefully, when it finally happens in WWE, it should be something big. It should be bigger than just a match. That’s the one I’d like to do at WrestleMania, to be honest with you. But, I’ve let them know how important it is to me that we don’t do that, that we don’t just have a match. There’s so much build that can go into this and I almost feel like right before people think it’s about to happen, finally we get Nakamura and AJ Styles at this pay-per-view, something happens. Like, we can stretch this out as long as we want to finally give you the big payoff when it’s necessary, the climax of it, if you will.”

Finally, Styles would explain what his goal in WWE is.

“I would like to somehow find myself back at the main event. Everybody wants to be in the main event of WrestleMania. I’ll keep climbing that ladder and see where it takes me, but there’s nothing better than being a part of WrestleMania except being in the main event of WrestleMania.”

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Editor’s Note:

Styles seems like such a wonder to work with on all counts. I am glad he won back the United States Championship this past ‘Smackdown Live,’ though I am not sure how prestigious a title is when it is traded from person to person so quickly. If Owens wins it back next week, I don’t know if I’d be happy.

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