AJ STYLES WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER INTERVIEWS
Name
AJ Styles
Real Name
Allen Jones
Date of Birth
June 2, 1977
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1998
Knuckles Madsen

”There are quite a few trainers and classes. There are a lot of vultures flying around there who will take the move if they like it so I was careful. I just worked with the great trainers. At the performance center, there is a man there who is just great. Norman Smiley, he is a surgeon in the ring. It was incredible. I would love to say I could do The Big Wiggle so I am going to yeah, I can do the wiggle.”

January 18, 2014
Christopher Daniels

"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."

November 30, 2013
AJ Styles

How would you describe your two bosses Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter? You can't compare Vince to anybody, if it wasn't for Vince McMahon I wouldn't be here talking to you. He knows how to make money and make stars, I wouldn't be working for Dixie Carter right now if it wasn't for Vince McMahon doing what he did for me. Dixie is a woman and she has that caring aspect about her, sometimes she lets personal [issues] get involved with business because she can't help it. She cares about the wrestlers and their wellbeing and their welfare. Other than that I think Dixie has done a great job, we are talking about a woman that has been involved in the entertainment business but not the wrestling business. It is different when you are involved in music and go over to wrestling, there is so much difference, I think the last 12 years she has had to learn on the job and I think she has done a good job. I can't say anything bad about her, one thing I'll say is that I'm not sure she would have made it without the help of Jeff Jarrett because she did need someone to help transition here and there and Jeff has a great mind for the business. She has learnt a lot during her time at TNA but at the same time she has to make business decisions that she doesn't necessarily like. Lately she has made some very rash business decisions when you are talking about Hulk Hogan and AJ Styles but she has to do what is best for the company, if she thinks that is what is best for the company she has to do it. Would other people agree, no, but she is doing what is best for her company and you can't blame her for that."

- Kurt Angle on comparisions between Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter

January 29, 2014
AJ Styles

"It's tough, even Hulk Hogan was a tough loss to accept. Sting has been the cornerstone of the company, Jarrett founded the company and I think he might be the best heel in the business, and AJ Styles is just the best athlete I've ever been in the ring with. From three different perspectives it is a tough pill to swallow because they are three of the best. When you don't have them in the company you hope to god that the young talent steps up, guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and James Storm seem to be stepping up. Will they replace Sting? You can't replace Sting, will they replace AJ? Probably not, AJ is irreplaceable, but will they become their own characters and do really well, yes they will do phenomenally well and it's not about replacing anymore, it's about making new stars."

- Kurt Angle on TNA losing stars recently

January 29, 2014
AJ Styles

"From a wrestling standpoint, I'd love to have a guy like AJ Styles within the company to wrestle. I think the fans would, too. There was a tease of what could have been, but I don't think anybody saw what me and AJ Styles could do in there. On a personal level, I want AJ Styles to do whatever is best for him and his family, and if that's coming back to TNA that would be awesome. If that's working elsewhere, I completely understand that. If that will happen, I have no idea. I guess we'll find out. We all have to stay tuned and see what happens."

January 18, 2014
AJ Styles

"I don't know the situation with the contracts and all that stuff, but you know for me to see a guy that I've been here since day one with is a dark day for TNA because he did help build TNA. Anytime somebody says TNA they automatically think of AJ Styles and the incredible matches he's had while he's been here. Hopefully him and TNA can come to an agreement and he can come back pretty soon."

January 15, 2014
AJ Styles

"Well I've definitely have had a couple of tweets, with some being angry with me. And I'm not going to retweet them, I'm not going to respond to them. I'm not going to respond to someone who is just being a jerk even though I want to. Just a number of things, like for instance some guy said that "AJ, if you're done with TNA, then that's a big F you to me." Like saying I'm screwing him. My argument would be to him if you would like to pay me to work there then I'd be more than happy. Negotiations are what they are and sometimes you can't agree on something and at some point you need to make a decision that benefits your family. One guy brought up this--this is the most ridiculous thing--did you know that I guess, Ring Of Honor's website there is an under 18 kind of--I don't know, soft porn or whatever it is, that sponsors them? I don't know if it sponsors the website, I don't know anything about it. I'm not filming any movies with soft porn if it makes him feel any better. I'm not doing that. I am there to wrestle and that's it. I'm sure if we knew where a lot of money comes from; from different businesses; we would be less likely to support them. I am supporting my family. That's the bottom line. It has nothing to do with some soft porn site. I don't really know what it is. And he's attacking my beliefs. And I want to say to this guy "well you without sin, throw the first stone." They always want to bash something that you do. No matter what it is but it relies on me taking care of my family and what I think is right for them."

January 5, 2014
AJ Styles

"Well I mean, and I can understand why people want to believe that it is a work. Because they don't want to; first of all I'm sure they don't want to believe that I'm actually not working for TNA. Second, I told them that I didn't have a contract in the first place. Cause I didn't. I had an extension. So I understand why they might believe it's a work, and why it's hard to believe but it's even hard for me to believe. That after working with a company for 11 years, and busting your tail and doing what you thought was right and doing it to the best of your ability that it would even come down to a negotiation where it would take a long time or anything like that. I just figured that we'd find a way. And the timing, you know it just had me where I had to make a decision. I had to do something and I just figured that this is an opportunity and I need to take it."

January 5, 2014
AJ Styles

"Well, my opinions don't really matter because the storyline, for me, is just to entertain the fans and keep them engaged in what's going on with the company. I will say that any time that you have the opportunity to take the top prize in the company and take it internationally, and maybe compete and defend it in some territories and in front of some sets of fans that don't normally get to have that honor, I think that's a great thing for the company. That helps get the brand out there and helps put the product out there. A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he's going to go out there and put on a performance that's befitting of a man who is the World Champion. So, from that standpoint alone, I don't see how there could be anything negative coming from AJ taking that belt all over the world and defend it against anybody that wants an opportunity. I know that's the same mindset I've had in my past when I've been world champion. Bring 'em all on, near and far, we don't like to sit here and pretend that the only wrestling is the wrestling that happens in our universe. There's professional wrestling going on all over the world and we want to acknowledge it and put our best against their best at any time."

December 15, 2013
Yoshi Tatsu
Even though he is no longer touring with the company or being utilized on television, Yoshi Tatsu continues to work really hard, perfecting his craft at the WWE Performance Center every week. Management loves his attitude and determination, so they rewarded him with a spot at Wrestlemania 30 last night. Tatsu was a surprise entrant in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Sarita
Long known as one of the best female performers in Canada and Japan, Sarita has never really been on the radar for WWE. That has changed as of late, as the former TNA knockout spent a week at the WWE Performance Center, doing various tryouts for the company. A veteran performer like Sarita could really help out the divas division.
March 24, 2014
Brodus Clay
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Michelle McCool
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Kevin Steen
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
Bill DeMott
A picture of Hulk Hogan visiting the WWE Performance Center. Also pictured are Nick Dinsmore, Bill DeMott, Dusty Rhodes, Normal Smiley and former WCW star Terry Taylor.
February 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014
Bayley
Scotty 2 Hotty spent some town down in WWE NXT this weekend, where the veteran performer made an appearance and helped to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center. He also posed for this picture with Bayley and posted it on Twitter.
February 9, 2014
Antonio Cesaro

There are speculations that Antonio Cesaro and John Cena coudl be working a feud together in the near future, as the two stars were spotted working out together at the WWE Performance Center. Cesaro received a slight push from management this week by being added to the main event at Elimination Chamber 2014.

February 1, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

As many already know, Yoshi Tatsu is no longer on the road, and he has not been utilized regularly at live events in quite some time. He has been doing some training down at the WWE Performance Center, and he's now also training developmental wrestlers as well.

January 30, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

Japanese star Kenta Kobayashi, the wrestler who made the Go 2 Sleep finisher internationally famous, could be signed to a developmental deal with WWE soon. He was recently spotted at the WWE Performance Center, where he was given a tryout by officials.

January 28, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

While he has not been seen on television in quite some time, Yoshi Tatsu is still with WWE. The Japanese wrestler has been training with the company at the performance center. Tatsu has been working closely with Dusty Rhodes on improving himself as a character.

January 16, 2014
Terry Funk

Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and Texas legend Terry Funk was recently brought in to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center.

December 5, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

While visiting the performance center, DDP taught his unique brand of yoga to the various developmental wrestlers under contract with WWE.

November 23, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

Triple H and Bill DeMott extended an invitation to Diamond Dallas Page to visit the performance center, and the former WCW champion has decided to take them up on that offer.

November 21, 2013
Kane

Kane visited the WWE performance center for the very first time.

November 21, 2013
Christina Vargas

Christina Vargas spent less than a month training at the WWE Performance Center before quitting the company, and the developmental diva has now explained that the biggest reason why she asked for her release was because she felt unwanted there.

September 28, 2013
James Storm
While the company has recently suffered the loss of AJ Styles and Chris Sabin, it appears that TNA has been able to retain one of their longtime stars. James Storm has signed a new multiple year deal to stick around. The former world heavyweight champion is expected to be given a nice push after he finishes up his program with Gunner.
April 13, 2014
AJ Styles
A picture of AJ Styles with his new stable, the Bullet Club. The group consists of several guys, including the Young Bucks, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles is currently working for New Japan, where he is rumored to have signed a one year contract.
April 8, 2014
AJ Styles
Through Twitter, Scott Hall revealed that his son Cody Hall worked an independent wrestling show in Georgia with AJ Styles. The promoter, however, opted not to have them wrestling in the same match, though. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion worked the main event match against a local performer named Chip Day.
March 22, 2014
Joey Styles
While they have both been in the business for a very long time, AJ Styles and Joey Styles have never met before. Through Twitter, the former ECW commentator posted this picture of the two o them together at a convention in New York City this weekend. Joey also joked that AJ was his southern cousin.
March 9, 2014
Prince Devitt
While a lot of fans were hoping that he would sign with a promotion in the United States so that they can watch him on television again, it appears that AJ Styles will be signing overseas instead. Word has it that he is close to finalizing a contract with New Japan and should be heading to that country to work a few tours. He may be paired up with Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Prince Devitt.
March 6, 2014
Kassius Ohno
A little bit of controversy erupted over the weekend, as AJ Styles injured Lionheart during a match in England. The British wrestler broke his neck in two separate places because of a botched Styles Clash. There was some heat on Styles for not checking on his opponent, but Kassius Ohno revealed that Styles had no idea that Lionheart was injured.
March 2, 2014
AJ Styles
The feeling backstage is that Christopher Daniels will be leaving TNA once his deal expires this summer. He is one of the better paid performers on the roster, and management is still intent on cutting cost. There is a chance that he could take a pay cut, as he does like working for the company, but he could join AJ Styles as a free agent instead.
February 8, 2014
Great Muta
Seiya Sanada is being brought to the United States with the Great Muta to work TNA Lockdown 2014, but instead of returning to Japan with his mentor, it appears that he will be sticking around to work for Dixie Carter for a couple of months. For those that don't know, Sanada was the one that challenged AJ Styles for the TNA title a couple of months ago.
February 8, 2014
AJ Styles
In a rather interesting move, AJ Styles has decided to emphasize a post from Twitter, where a fan criticized him for being too demanding during contract negotiations and walking out on TNA. The fan noted that Impact Wrestling drew in good crowds in Europe. He also went as far as to instruct Styles to keep working "shitty ROH shows".
February 7, 2014
Seiya Sanada
To show off his playful side, Seiya Sanada, the Japanese star who recently challenged AJ Styles for the TNA world title, posted this picture of himself on Twitter, where he is playing a Hello Kitty guitar.
February 7, 2014
AJ Styles
When he initially left the company, AJ Styles gave the impression that the doors were left open and a potential return to TNA might still take place if he and Dixie Carter could ever come to terms on a contract. However, Styles has changed his tone as of late, and it does not appear that he will be returning.
February 6, 2014
Rey Mysterio
During a recent interview, AJ Styles was asked who his dream opponent in WWE would be, and the former TNA champion chose Rey Mysterio for that honor. Styles then made sure to tell the fans that he was not sure of that happening, as the company has expressed very little interest in giving him a contract.
February 6, 2014
Eddie Edwards
While the possibility of a return is still there, there has been no negotiations between AJ Styles and Dixie Carter as of late, since the latter has been focused on the European tour and the signings of MVP, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards over the last few weeks.
February 6, 2014
AJ Styles

During a recent interview, AJ Styles revealed that he was contacted by lawyers representing TNA, in regards to a nation wide speakig tour that he had initially planned on doing in March. Things are being worked out, and the tour has been moved to a possible July start date.

January 28, 2014
AJ Styles

While a lot of wrestling fans would love to see him making his debut in WWE, AJ Styles has revealed that there has been no contact between he and the company. The former TNA champion also revealed that he did not receive a courtesy call to just gauge his insterest.

January 26, 2014
AJ Styles

There are those that believe that AJ Styles will be one of the first name signed to a contract when Jeff Jarrett starts his new wrestling promotion. The two of them are on very good terms, and Styles has always credited Jarrett with being the person to give him a chance as a main event performer.

January 23, 2014
AJ Styles

AJ Styles might have a little more leverage in his ongoing negotiations with TNA, as Impact Wrestling managed to score a dramatic increase this week. Approximately 25% more people tuned into the episode, which featured Styles's final match, than they did the previous week.

January 10, 2014
AJ Styles

In a rather interesting move, TNA opted not to show the farewell speech from AJ Styles on Impact Wrestling last night. He had initially thanked the fans for their support and wished everyone well. The company still continues to negotiate a new deal with Styles.

January 10, 2014
AJ Styles

While many are under the assumption that the doors have been completely closed, sources within the industry have revealed that AJ Styles is still in negotiation with TNA for a potential return in 2014. The meetings just aren't as frequent as before.

January 8, 2014
AJ Styles

Even though he is no longer with the company and has started working elsewhere, the belief within TNA is that AJ Styles will be returning in March to work a big match against world heavyweight champion Brutus Magnus at the Lockdown pay per view.

January 7, 2014
Mick Foley
"He was an intense guy, and he was a perfectionist. His career was based on looking as good as possible. That meant eating as good as possible, training as hard as possible, avoiding anything that a normal human being might reach out to in their everyday culinary affairs." - Mick Foley on the diet that Ultimate Warrior had
April 17, 2014
Jesse Neal
"It is funny how people make fun about real jobs and wrestlers. We are human, too. I have a family to provide for. So, yes, I manned up and provide. The biggest joke of all is I get paid way more at Walmart than I ever did in TNA and on time. What a waste of time. Print that. Don't think that this is bitterness. I'm not on their show any more. Remember, I left them. They didn't leave me." - Jesse Neal talks about his new job in life
April 17, 2014
Bray Wyatt
"So happy for Bray Wyatt. You deserve your moment, brother." - JTG praising Bray Wyatt before his match against John Cena at Wrestlemania 30
April 17, 2014
Jey Uso
"Obvious that Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso have committed to getting main event phsyical conditioning. I wish them well. They had in ring skills when they were eight years old. That's a fact." - Jim Ross praising the Usos
April 17, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"I was told it was reported WWE was 'there' for us. 'There' is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I'm honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next." - the wife of the Ultimate Warrior informing fans of how much WWE has helped her since the death of her husband
April 16, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
"Seems like TNA is signing their core talents whose contracts are either up or in need of revising. WWE has seemingly made it clear that they have no interest in Impact talents and will instead reply on their Performance Center for their future stars. However, with Jeff Jarrett preparing to launch another promotion it makes sense for TNA to be proactive." - Jim Ross reveals that WWE is not interested in TNA performers
April 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
"Not sure why as a fan I should dislike Cesaro and it can't be simply because he's aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Cesaro simply outwrestles people and is damned impressive while doing it. Some of Cesaro's matches down in NXT the last year or so were better than anyone on RAW was having at the time." - Jim Ross thinks Antonio Cesaro should do a face turn
April 15, 2014
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Jim Ross
"I assume that he hasn't signed with WWE only because WWE hasn't announced it. Signing Sting would create positive news for WWE as he is a major star that WWE can monetize in a variety of ways if he comes aboard. I don't see Sting even needing to wrestle to be a viable asset to WWE if he does sign with the company. If Sting did have one match it WWE it would need to be a long build, much anticipated one that has a significant payoff at a major event more specifically Wrestlemania 31." - Jim Ross talks about the rumors of Sting signing with WWE
April 15, 2014
Davey Richards
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Marty Jannetty
"Happiest guy living right now. Wish I was there to watch her grow up, but so happy to be given this gift now. And from here on, I'm going to be a different person than I have been. Will be the best daddy ever, or at least the best one I can be. I'm the happiest guy on this planet right now. Now, I get it. To all the boys who have told me how it's life changing when you have a kid, man, had no kids, so I didn't get it. Now I do. That's my girl. Guys, don't you dare look at her twice. Bad ankles and all, I will make sure you never look at my daughter like that again. Love you, Bianca." - Marty Jannetty after finding out that he has a daughter
April 14, 2014
Paul London
"I've always admired and looked up to Terry Funk. Never did I actually think I'd be walking just like him. Knees hurt." - Paul London explaining how much of a toll the wrestling business gives to the body
April 14, 2014
Alexa Bliss
"I cannot believe it. So shocked and saddened by the news of the Ultimate Warrior passing. Rest in peace. Prayers." - Alexa Bliss on the death of Ultimate Warrior
April 12, 2014
Lance Storm
"Crazy story. While we were away, my mom found a briefcase and sales material scattered beside our house by the fence. She gathered them up and then tried to find some personal info to see who lost the stuff. She found a busienss card and called. Person who answered said the case was stolen out of her car over a year ago in Victoria, BC. No idea how it got to Calgary in our yard over a year later. Weird." - Lance Storm tells a weird story that took place at his house
April 12, 2014
Matt Hardy
"Ultimate Warrior and his sudden and shocking passing is a reminder to us all. Live every day to its fullest. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to anyone." - Matt Hardy gives advice on life to his fans after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"My mom called to tell me my Uncle Jimbo, aka Ultimate Warrior, died. He was my dad's best friend, and a big part of our childhood. Rest in peace." - Lacey Von Erich discusses the death of Ultimate Warrior, who worked with her father Kerry Von Erich in WCCW
April 11, 2014
Kharma
"Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all." - Kharma shares her feelings on Twitter about the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
British Bulldog
"British Bulldog introduced me to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlmania 12 before the show started. I couldn't have been more excited to meet him. Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior." - Tyson Kidd talks about meeting Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Kassius Ohno
"Ultimate Warrior was my first favorite wrestler, and I will always appreciate his contributions. Glad he had his hall of fame moment. I'll always believe." - Kassius Ohno discusses the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014