On his journey through the past year: "Well, it's definitely been a journey. The ups and downs. The roller-coaster that has been A.J. Styles. Going from wrestling James Storm and Bobby Roode and having it all on the line and couldn't wrestle for TNA World Heavyweight Title, it could have been James Storm or Bobby Roode or myself. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to lose that match and it really set me in a different mindset and losing to Christopher Daniels in a match that I should have never lost but when your head is all screwed up as it was, it send you to a whirlwind of 'I don't knows and I don't know who I am' and problems occur and its reality and that's what happens to a lot of people in life. They may lose their job, they may lose a marriage and stuff like this happens. Sometimes people forget who they are and what's there purpose in life and that's the same thing that happened to A.J. Styles."
On being back in the main event of TNA Bound For Glory: "It feels awesome. I'll tell you what feels better than being better in the main event; it's having the crowd behind you. They know what they want out of A.J. Styles now. They know what to expect, when before they did not know what to expect, they didn't know who I was or what to expect and to tell you the truth, I didn't. But I think these fans know who I am now and what I'm after and who I have to beat to get it and that's a great thing when you step into an arena and people are going crazy for you. It gives you that extra boost of energy that you can't explain until you step into the ring or you step onto the field where all these people are cheering for you. It's an amazing feeling."
On bringing reality to pro wrestling: "I would love to tell you that it's not all real but there is some truth that came out. Here is the reason why you know it's the truth because it's the same way you felt. I said what you would have said if you were standing in that ring and that's what I intended to do. I think people needed to know that I understand them, I hear them and if I can make a change, I will. But it all comes from the top and we will start there. Now you see what happens."
On being relied on: "What was bothering me was is that, you called on me every time you needed someone to take you to the next level to have that great match, you called on me. Then when it wasn't called on me than what's the deal. Then I realized for a second, I'm pissed off because I like being the go-to guy. I want to be that guy. Now that you are not giving me that chance, it's pissing me off. That's basically what I was saying. I enjoy being that go-to guy. I love being the guy that you're going to give the ball to when it's fourth down. I want to be that guy you give the ball to and I think a winner wants that. They want the ball in their hands when the championship is on the line or when the match is on the line but that fact that I wasn't getting it is what really bothered me. You talk about not being in the main event, that's exactly what I'm talking about here. I want to be the go-to guy but if you don't give me the opportunity, how can I do that and what is stopping you and it was stuff like that, that really bothered A.J. Styles through the whole thing."
On re-signing with TNA: "Here is the reality. I love TNA. I grew up there. It's who I am. You said it before when people think of TNA, they think of A.J. Styles. I take pride in that. But something has to change and I want to be there. I don't know any other way to say it. I love the place. I'm not saying I love what happened to it but I love that place and I want to see it grow. I know we have the talent. We have everything we need. The puzzle is not put together yet but once you get those pieces in there, you will see how it connects. Then you will be like: 'Wow, we really got something' but we...