AJ Styles claims Paul Heyman advocated for the release of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

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|Published 23/07/2020

AJ Styles claims Paul Heyman advocated for the release of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson from the WWE during the coronavirus cuts.

In the month of April, the WWE decided to mass fire several superstars in order to cut their losses. Several high-profile names made the list including Kurt Angle, Rusev and the tag team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. However, according to AJ Styles, his OC Mates were not supposed to be a part of this list.

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The former WWE Champion says that Heyman never liked the duo and even though the pair were not part of the original list, he advocated for their names to be included and got them fired. Worse, he says, was the fact that he lied to them about his involvement.

AJ Styles claims Paul Heyman advocated for the release of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

It was said that I was so angry that Gallows and Anderson were released, so angry that I was like, ‘I don’t want to be on Raw anymore.’ That’s not the way it went down, at all,” Styles said on his Twitch stream. “It was the person who was in charge of Raw, who had lied to me, to my face. Just the most believable lie I had ever seen, directly to my face. I’m talking about Paul Heyman.

“It came down to Money in the Bank, I found out that my guys were getting released, I was upset. I wanted to go talk to Vince, but it’s already in motion and already been done. Paul Heyman pulls me into his office and tells me he had nothing to do with it and knew nothing about it. If he knew Gallows & Anderson were getting released, he would have fought for them and that’s why they didn’t tell him they were getting released. I said, ‘Okay, I appreciate that, it makes a lot of sense.’”

It was later, I told a friend what was said and he told me what he knew, which is that Gallows & Anderson weren’t on the list, but Paul Heyman spoke out abundantly like ‘we gotta get these guys out of here. We don’t need them, they’re getting paid too much,” Styles continued.

You’re not well liked here, hit the bricks

The one thing Paul Heyman is good at is talking, he’s very convincing. One thing led to another; Paul advocated to get them released. Their name wasn’t on the list until Paul brought it up. I think the reason why he did what he did, well, he’s just a liar, but it’s because he knew he had nothing we wanted to do with them. He didn’t want to get them to the next level or do anything for them. The best way to do that after what he said, was to get them out of there.”

Styles expressed his pleasure in the sacking of Heyman and praised Vince McMahon for seeing through his crap.

Vince is a very smart man and he can see through a lot of crap and I think he saw what everybody knew. ‘You’ve done some great things in the past, but you’re not well liked here. Hit the bricks.’ The only person he can blame for this is himself. Just don’t lie to people.”

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Archie Blade

Archie Blade

Archie is a WWE and UFC Editor/Author at the SportsRush. Like most combat sports enthusiasts, his passion for watching people fight began with WWE when he witnessed a young Brock Lesnar massacre Hulk Hogan back in 2002. This very passion soon branched out to boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the years he fell in love with the theatrics that preceded the bell and the poetic carnage that followed after. Each bruise a story to tell, each wound a song of struggle, his greatest desire is to be there to witness it all. His favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels and he believes that GSP is the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Apart from wrestling, he is also fond of poetry and music.

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