AJ StylesAllen Neal Jones
- Birthdate: 06/02/1977 (age 38)
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 215 Ib
While in TNA, Styles held the NWA World Heavywe...
On if there was any thought to dropping the storyline with Dixie Carter after the appearance of Claire: "Absolutely. I thought, 'This did not go as planned and didn't come out the way we wanted it to.' But there's a backstory to it. It's almost a blessing in disguise, and I wish I could tell you what hopefully is going to happen, and you'll be a lot more excited about it because it's more than you know. There's so many unexpected things that are about to happen that you never would've thought A.J. Styles may have done."
On the storyline in general: "People can say what they want like, 'Oh this storyline sucked.' You watched it. And the thing is, trust me, there's been a lot worse storylines than this one. At least these guys who are in it, and the women that are in it, are really into it. We believe it."
On Claire: "Here's the problem: Nobody knows who Claire is. She's not important to anybody. We've invested zero time in her, but that's going to change. You will get to know her, as you should. Like I said, there's a backstory to everything that's going to happen and has happened. We're not going to leave any holes. The only hole that I need to address is Serg punching me in the face, which is fine because he punches like a little girl, so I'm OK with that. We never did address that, the fact that it came out and I still haven't received an apology from him on the phone, text, or anything like that. But like I've said, he might as well have hit me with a cotton ball."
On storylines having holes: "I think that was TNA's biggest problem in the past; that we always left holes, we left doors wide open. Whatever happened to Samoa Joe and the abduction? There's a lot of stuff like that that was left open, and that's unacceptable. I think we've done things now to change that. That's what's so great about storylines. When you tell them the whole story and you leave nothing out, when it finally comes together at the end, it's perfect. At least you have the answers to the questions."
On going live this summer: "Live has made a huge difference. When you go in to the Impact Zone, yeah it's still the same Impact Zone, but it's different. That's what we needed. Honestly, I was getting to where I hated the Impact Zone because it was the same people who were coming who weren't enjoying it. Or the fact that so many fans who didn't know about Impact were just there on vacation and were like, 'Oh, I know Jeff Hardy.' There was no time invested in the characters that we've put so much time into and who've been here since the beginning. But now, it's different."
On the biggest difference in TNA besides going live: "The communication between the higher-ups and the wrestlers has changed. There was a big deal between Hogan and I, and even Bischoff and I, but that's all been squashed. That's in the past. I am so grateful that I get to work with these guys now and understand where they're coming from and can see this vision. It was just a growing process and getting to know each other and being able to talk to each other about what's going on and what's important. It's a good relationship."
On resolving his conflict with Hulk Hogan: "We talked about it like men. We got it out of the way. At some point you have to grow up and say, 'Listen, we have to talk about this,' instead of avoiding each other, which did happen. A business can't grow when there's animosity and friction. We just went out there and worked and tried to make TNA what it is right now, a better company. I think it was a growing process. Did he know A.J. Styles very well? Probably not. And I think that had a lot to do with the problems that we were having in the beginning, because he didn't know the talent very well. That's all changed. I don't want to say something now that will make Hogan think, 'Oh come on Styles.' I don't want to do that. We have a great relationship right now, and I don't want to do anything to ruin that. It's a good thing right now."
On his tag team title match at Slammiversary: "With the talent in the ring at Slammiversary, you can't go wrong. Kurt Angle suplexing everybody, I'm surprised he didn't...