AJ Styles Talks Being Held Down, Roode As Champ, Russo, Working With Flair & More
On his match with Ken Anderson against Daniels and Kaz: "I haven't been this happy about a match in a long time. I think it was outstanding. I think it was one of the better matches of the night. I'm so proud of Ken. We wrestle such a different style than Ken and for Ken to be right there toe to toe with us right along, right on time is super impressive."
On the Sting/Roode PPV finish and storylines in wrestling: "You have to admire how it was done. It was pretty unique and I haven't seen anything like that before. Storylines need to continue you know. Bobby Roode is one of the best champions in a long time. He has it all."
His opinion on James Storm: "Looks like he is going all the way to the top. I can see he is doing what James Storm does best. Guess we will find out where it all leads."
Being held down: "I think if you ever give me the ball, I'll score. But you have to give it to me. I have to play my part as well, I am a company guy. We all wrestle together, we entertain together and we all make money together."
TNA's Twitter push: "I like to get on there and associate and connect with my fans. See what they want. If they don't like the fact that I wore gloves on the PPV then let me know. I'm trying something new. I see nothing wrong with that, I think it's something new."
His time with Ric Flair and his mic skills: "I did learn some tricks of the trade from Flair. The fact that I got a mic in my hand, the more you do something the better you are going to be at it. I think I can do better with the mic, just have to give me the time and the right story to tell. I can make it as entertaining as anyone else but you have to give me a chance. Just like wrestling, you have to give me the ball.
"Ric is so spontaneous and quick witted when it comes to stuff like that. Everybody loves to hear him. Almost doesn't get any better than Flair. He is Ric Flair. As long as he can still woo, everyone will want to get with that."
His promo to Jeff Hardy following Jeff's return from the Victory Road 2011 debacle: "You know I spoke to Jeff about that. To be honest, I was pretty upset over that. I take a lot of pride in this company. I've put my body, my life, my livelihood for this company. But that has been totally squashed and he is kicking major butt right now. He is in great shape and he is in mentally great shape."
Slowing down with age: "Well, things hurt a little bit longer than they used to. As long as I can get in there and go to work. I know some guys have said that I've slowed down since I was in Ring Of Honor or whatever other indy I was in. That's just working smarter, psychology. It's about finding the right time to do something and making it special."
On seeing more submission wrestling lately: "Ever so slightly there are some guys throwing in some submissions. I threw in a flying armbar ever once in a blue moon. I wish I could do that more but it doesn't seem to be the case in some of my matches."
On the creative changes, who was his favorite and who was his least favorite: "I can tell you it was Dusty Rhodes who put me and Daniels in the first 30 minute Iron Man match in TNA. I think it was Jeff Jarrett that put me, Daniels and Samoa Joe in the main event for the X-Division title. Vince Russo also put us in great storylines, like with Christian, Tomko and the like.