Since his arrival in the WWE in January 2016, besides Roman Reigns, no superstar has been in the main event picture more than AJ Styles, and a man of his talents deserves such a spot.
Despite only joining WWE in the past two years and his athleticism in the ring, The Phenomenal One is now on the other side of 40 years of age, and nobody is immortal from in-ring retirement. The topic of retirement came up during a recent interview with 97.9 The Box in Houston.
Styles was interviewed by 97.9 The Box in Houston this week to promote tonight's Survivor Series pay-per-view, where he discussed his wrestling style during the appearance, noting that "it sucks" that it gets harder to maintain with age.
The WWE Champion said, according to Wrestling Inc: "The older you get, the less energy you have to maintain it! It is what it is, but if you still have that drive and you can still do it, why not? Get in the gym and get it done, and look good in the meantime."
Since Styles signed his first full-time WWE contract in January 2016, he has won both the United States Championship and the WWE Championship on two occasions. Although he has been successful, he has admitted that he might retire in the not-so-distant future.
While no WWE fan wants to see this happen, once you hear his reasons, you'll understand why this might be an easy decision for The Phenomenal One to make.
When Styles was asked if his family gets annoyed by how much he's on the road, he noted his wife for 17 years has been getting mad at him the entire time. He also said how he disciplines his four children over the phone, but said that will change "in a couple of years."
He said: "Work hard now, you enjoy it later. In a couple of years, I'll be able to catch every football game, every baseball game, every basketball game, cheerleading, gymnastics, whatever they're in."
The hosts stated that they don't want Styles to retire in a couple of years, to which he replied, "Man, I'm 40 years old!"
The WWE Champion will be will be representing SmackDown Live when he takes on Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar tonight at Survivor Series in Houston, Texas in a non-title Champion vs Champion match.
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