AJ Styles On Hating "Styles" Name At First, If WWE Wanted To Change His Name, First Idea For Gimmick

Source: Bailey And Southside

Former WWE Champion AJ Styles was recently a guest on Atlanta, Georgia’s Rock 100.5’s Bailey And Southside program. Among other things, Styles common his initial suspicion for his veteran wrestling character, how he got a name ‘Styles’ as a ring name, and either WWE wanted to change his ring name for WWE programming.

During a interview, Styles emitted his unequivocally initial suspicion for his possess pro wrestling persona. Given ‘The Phenomenal One”s aerial artistry, he wanted to be a luchador called ‘Velocity’.

“I wanted to wear a mask! we desired those [luchadors]. I’m so blissful that didn’t happen.” Styles continued, “I wanted to wear a facade and call myself ‘Velocity’. What a terrible name.”

According to Styles, he was given a final name ‘Styles’ by a pro wrestling upholder on a mark and it stuck. Apparently, ‘The Georgia Bulldog’ hated a name.

“I didn’t have a name. Everybody always called me ‘AJ’ anyway, so we stranded with AJ. And then, [the promoter] is like, ‘yeah, you’re tagging with Damien Still. We need a final name. Styles! Go!’ That’s it. That’s how a name [came] about. AJ Styles. we hated it. we hated Styles for a unequivocally prolonged time.”

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Also, a one-time ‘Air’ Styles pronounced he would have altered his ring name if WWE wanted him to, though regulating his name has worked out best for everyone

“[WWE] didn’t contend anything about changing it. we only insincere it would substantially happen, though a year prior, maybe a integrate of months prior, Samoa Joe had went to NXT and they didn’t change his name, so we thought, ‘well, maybe there’s a chance’. But, during a same time, we was like, ‘ah, we don’t caring what they call me, Velocity, if we wish to call me that, whatever.’ But I’m blissful they stranded with AJ Styles and it indeed worked out for everybody.”

Check out the talk here. If we use any of a quotes from this article, greatfully credit Rock 100.5’s Bailey and Southside with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for a transcription.

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