By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AJ Styles spoke with Newsweek.com’s Phillip Martinez and stated that he has signed his final contract as a pro wrestler. “I can tell you that this contract that I’ve signed is my last,” Styles said. “This is the perfect place for me to be. It’s family-oriented, I have no problem taking my family to the shows. It’s a PG product, which I enjoy. I’m in the best place I can be for my career.”
Styles also spoke about what he wants to accomplish before he wraps up his career. “Being the Universal Champion, obviously,” he said. “There’s a lot of things I want to do and they don’t involve having every belt I can. That’s not what it is. I want to be a household name. I want them to know that when they hear my name they think WWE or when they hear WWE they think AJ Styles. I want to be entertaining and take it to the next level. I want to make people watching from home laugh out loud. There’s a lot of things I want to do and they don’t always revolve around championships. Just to go out there and entertain.” Read the full interview at Newsweek.com.
Powell’s POV: Styles may mean what’s he said today, but he certainly wouldn’t be the first pro wrestler to change his tune about retirement. In other words, no one should hold it against him if he has a change of heart between now and the end of his contract. Styles also spoke about having chemistry with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows and his desire to work with them on camera, Smackdown’s move to Fox, the WWE wild card rules, and more.
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