WWE superstar AJ Styles has paid tribute to Daniel Bryan following his early retirement from professional wrestling.
'The Phenomenal One' as he is nicknamed has only just joined World Wrestling Entertainment, after making his debut at the Royal Rumble back in January, and he's already admitted he's disappointed he'll never get to wrestle Daniel Bryan in a WWE ring.
The two have locked horns before, but they have never done it together for WWE, and speaking in a recent interview, AJ admitted he was gutted he'd never get the chance to wrestle him in the company.
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Bryan had to retire early after a string of concussions and neck problems, and despite being desperate to return to the ring, he was told by doctors that he should avoid wrestling again as his brain isn't up to scratch.
Despite feeling physically fine, Bryan was forced to retire due to head injuries, and he announced his decision live on RAW back in February.
It was a very emotional, but light-humoured speech made by Bryan, and AJ has paid tribute to the wrestler.
Speaking of Bryan's retirement, AJ admitted he was proud of how Bryan handled the news and he was surprised at how well he held it together in the ring when announcing his decision.
Styles Praises Bryan
AJ said to Rapzella, via Wrestling News: “We had unbelievable matches and selfishly I was hoping I’d have the chance to wrestle Daniel Bryan and have one of those classic matches that we had years ago.
"I know we could definitely do that. It’s unfortunate what had happened and he handled it better than I handled it. That was very emotional for him and he seemed pretty strong and confident that everything is going to be ok.
"A class act. I can’t say enough great things about him.”
AJ was then asked about how he deals with injuries, and he stated that he doesn't think about them until something happens.
He added: “Until something unexpected happens, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.
"You have to keep listening to your body, protect it and also take care it. Don’t wait until the last second. Injuries are going to happen and being in pain is part of the lifestyle we live.”