AJ Styles confirms he'll retire once his current WWE deal expires

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WWE fans should enjoy AJ Styles in the ring while they still can, as the man himself has confirmed he will retire once his current deal with the company is up.

Ever since Styles debuted in the WWE at the 2016 Royal Rumble, he's been one of the most popular superstars in the entire company, both as a heel and as a babyface.

Whether it be Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live, The Phenomenal One has always had a prominent role on WWE television.

However, even with all the success and titles he's won in the WWE, all things must come to an end at some point, and he's reiterated that his career end date will be when his current WWE deal expires.

Speaking to Lilian Garcia on her Chasing Glory podcast, via Fightful, Styles said: "I had no doubt that you know this is what I was going to do for my career. It really was.

"And you couldn't have told me any different. And I can tell you that the contract that I signed, here in the WWE, is my last. This is it for me.

"This is where I'm going to end my career no matter what happens. I got to, you know? I want to be there for my kids."

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At the age of 42, and with the success he's had in his career, it's not surprising that The Phenomenal One is comfortable with hanging up his wrestling gear once his current deal is over.

In all likelihood though, he would sign a legends contract once his current deal expires just in case he has the urge to step back into the ring again and to also keep the royalty checks coming in.

In the past month, Styles has been rejuvenated with the reunification of The Club, now known as The OC, and he's captured the United States Championship as a result.

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It's currently unclear as to who Styles will defend his United States title against at Clash of Champions, as for the past two weeks, he's been defending the title against Braun Strowman on Raw.

However, Clash of Champions doesn't take place until September 15, so WWE has plenty of time to initiate a new feud for The Phenomenal One ahead of the pay-per-view.

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