AJ Styles says wrestling promotions shouldn't compete with WWE if they want to succeed


There are high expectations on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) by wrestling fans to deliver and become a promotion that will be able to compete with WWE.

AEW's first show, Double or Nothing, will take place this Friday in Las Vegas with some recognisable names on the card including Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Dustin Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega.

Some fans believe AEW could get so big as a promotion that they could start a wrestling war with WWE similar to that of the Monday Night Wars between WWF and WCW in the 1990s.

During a recent interview with Newsweek, and while he wasn't asked directly about AEW, AJ Styles talked about competition from the rise of the indies and "new promotions" in the business.

The Phenomenal One responded by saying that they shouldn't be looking to compete with WWE because WWE is globally huge.

"As far as the indies and whatnot, I don't think they should ever be competitive with the WWE. They should compete with themselves to make sure they get better every day because there's no competition if you want me to be honest.

"WWE is globally huge. It's unbelievable to know how big the WWE is. People don't understand it.


"If you want to succeed, don't compete. Be something different, be the alternative. There's a lot of people that have a good chance, but competition is always a great thing. I hope any company does well so they can be that competition. Competition will always make a better product."

Styles also added that the most recent WWE contract which he signed back in mid-March will be his last. He plans to finish his career with WWE.

"I can tell you that this contract that I’ve signed is my last. This is the perfect place for me to be.

"It’s family-oriented, I have no problem taking my family to the shows. It’s a PG product, which I enjoy. I’m in the best place I can be for my career."


It's easy to forget that Styles turns 42 in June as he takes good care of himself. However, it looks like he wants to retire before his body forces him to.

There's still loads of storylines for The Phenomenal One in WWE too. He recently feuded and lost to Universal Champion Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank last Sunday.

Following a backstage segment on Raw this past week, it looks like Styles' next feud will be against Baron Corbin.

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