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AJ Styles Reflects On Not Joining NXT & Almost Changing His Name In WWE

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AJ Styles recently spoke about a range of topics from not going to WWE NXT and almost having his name changed.

Styles spoke with Bleacher Report where he discussed finding out that his debut for WWE would take place inside the Royal Rumble match itself, admitting it was very last minute.


“I knew that I was WWE-bound when I had that last match in Japan. I knew I was on my way. Did I know that I was in the Rumble? Nope. It seemed like until the very last minute that I was even going to be in the Royal Rumble. I was told zero things. Nobody kept me in the loop, so I was waiting around thinking, ‘I hope I can get into the Royal Rumble. That’d be cool, but I’d understand if I’m not.’

“I didn’t really tell anybody because it was one of things where I didn’t really know. Was I actually going to be in the Rumble, or was I going to be doing something in the Rumble? I didn’t know, so yeah, I didn’t tell a soul, as crazy as that sounds.”

Styles then spoke about how he went straight to the main roster rather than heading to WWE NXT like most new signings typically do.

“I would have, I think, gone to NXT for a couple of months to get familiar with what’s going on and how it’s done there, but I felt like as far as my career is concerned, I didn’t really have the time to spend in NXT,” he said. “I knew it had to be on the main roster so that, somehow, some way, I could make myself a bigger star. In the end, this is a job, and I’d like to make more money—as much as I can before I retire.”

Styles also admitted that he almost had to change his name when he joined WWE, with Triple H initially not being sure if he could have the name.

“I remember Triple H and I talking, and he said, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to be able to keep your name. I said, ‘That’s fine. I have no problem. Just so you know, I have this huge tattoo on my side that says AJ. It’s not my name—it’s my kids’ initials and birthdays, but just throwing that out there.’ Luckily, I was able to keep the whole name AJ Styles, and it worked out for the best.”

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Angel Garza Wants A WrestleMania 37 Spot

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Angel Garza may not have been a regular on television lately, but he has spoken of his desire to have a WWE WrestleMania 37 spot.

Garza got the opportunity to compete at WWE WrestleMania 36 last year, teaming with Andrade to challenge The Street Profits for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. However, since that team broke up, he hasn’t been used as frequently on the show.


Angel Garza has mainly been used in WWE 24/7 Championship segments backstage, and he is a former holder of that title. But when speaking with ViBe & Wrestling, Garza discussed the fact he is hoping to get onto the card for this years two-day event on April 10/11.

“Of course, I hope so. Day by day, Monday by Monday, that is what we are training for. From the moment WrestleMania 36 was over, we start training hard and looking forward to the next WrestleMania. We wrestle every single Monday to get that spot, to get an opportunity and, if it’s not the tag titles like last year, for sure there will be other opportunities.”

“WrestleMania will be a two-night event so hopefully I can get a slot; I can get a match in one of those nights. Every Monday we work hard so we can get a match at WrestleMania.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

So far there are only two matches confirmed for WWE WrestleMania 37, both of which are from the blue brand. The current match card is as follows:

  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge (Universal Championship match)
  • Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match)

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Charlotte Flair Reveals She’s Pitched A Storyline With Andrade

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Charlotte Flair has revealed that she’s pitched a potential storyline with her real-life boyfriend, Andrade.

Flair and Andrade are a couple in real-life, and WWE has often brought in couples on-screen throughout history, whether it be Edge and Lita, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, or more recently Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins.


During an interview with TV Insider, Charlotte revealed she’s pitched to be on-screen with Andrade, as nobody has seen that side of her personality.

“I’ve actually pitched that. I would be very much open to that. I’ve done a lot in my career, but nobody has seen me in an on-cam relationship, or in that light. I can come across cold on TV.”

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Drew McIntyre On Bobby Lashley’s WWE Title Victory: “He’s Worked Hard For It”

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Drew McIntyre was on the recent episode of Raw Talk, where he commented on Bobby Lashley becoming WWE Champion.

The Hurt Business star was able to defeat The Miz in the main event of WWE Raw last night to win the World Title for the first time in his career, and former champion, McIntyre, admitted that Lashley has earned this run.


“He’s worked hard for it,” said McIntyre on RAW Talk. “The man is an absolute animal in every possible way, in the gym and ring. He’s earned this moment.”

Drew also spoke about the possibility of facing Lashley at WWE WrestleMania 37 after he made it clear on WWE Raw that his goal is to headline the show again this year.

“The idea of Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley is pretty big for me, it feels like a significant match for RAW. If it happens at the biggest stage of them all, that’s just fine with me.”

He added, “There’s no way I’m not going to try and work myself into the main event of WrestleMania.”

McIntyre was also in action on WWE Raw last night in an excellent match with Sheamus, and he reflected on the bout saying that they kicked the crap out of each other.

“We kicked the crap out of each other, man,” admitted McIntyre. “It’s great when two heavyweights, two grown ass men beat each other up. That’s the thing with Lashley, he puts the work in, he’s the same as myself and Sheamus.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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