AJ Styles reveals Vince McMahon’s reaction to his WWE debut. The Phenomenal Onemade his debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles has spent more days in the WWE with a title around his waist then without. If that does not tell you of the trust Vince McMahon has on the Phenomenal One then nothing will. Styles has been a fan favourite from the moment he stepped into the WWE and for good reason. Every time he gets into a WWE ring, he gives it his all and does everything he can to steal the show.
This trait isn’t exclusive to his stint in the WWE. This is in fact how he became the number one guy in TNA and why NJPW trusted him with the IWGP title. Fans have always admired Styles for his body of work and it showed when he finally made his WWE debut 4 years back in 2016.
AJ Styles reveals Vince McMahon’s reaction to his WWE debut
Styles who had just said goodbye to the fans at Ring of Honor and NJPW was rumored to join the WWE. Fans would finally have their wish when he came out as the third participant in the Royal Rumble match. The entire arena erupted as they gave him a rousing welcome to the promotion.
While Styles was in awe of his reception, he has since revealed that the man who mattered believed it was merely a fluke.
“You’ve got to find a way to make a name for yourself and everybody has to do it,” Styles said on his Twitch stream. “It’s when you get an opportunity to get into the ring, you hope that Vince is watching or someone else. You hope that there is a reaction, right?
“That was the great thing that I had… the reaction that I got at the Royal Rumble 2016 was awesome. It was amazing, but Vince didn’t really believe that – [he thought] that it was a fluke, basically. That’s what he thought it was.”
Styles went on to reveal that Vince wasn’t very impressed with his in ring work either. However, he seized the opportunity given to him by the WWE Chairman and the rest is history.
“I wasn’t even going to be on RAW the next day, but they convinced him otherwise,” he continued. “I had a match and I think he was like, ‘Whatever, I’ve got guys that can do this’. And he literally told me that. But once Vince sat me down and said, ‘This is what I need from you’. After he told me what he needed, I had one chance to show him exactly who he wanted. And that’s what happened.”
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