AJ Styles has recently admitted that “time is running out” on his in-ring career, and discussed what he hopes to do when he does eventually hang up his boots.
Although it would be obvious from his wrestling style, the 44-year-old AJ Styles is a true veteran of the industry, having competed around the globe at the highest level.
In a new interview with talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, Styles discussed how keeping performing to the level both he and the fans expect is getting harder over time.
So, I mean, but time is running out. As far as AJ Styles is concerned, I am getting older, right. You know, the ability to put on great matches is getting a little bit harder. So, I don’t want to embarrass myself at the same time, I want to get out while I can and still have somewhat of a legacy.
AJ Styles already has what he’d like to do in the future mapped out, as he confirmed he hopes to stay with WWE to act as a scout to find new talent.
I don’t want to have to work anywhere else. I’d love to work within WWE, but I don’t know that’s going to happen, if I’ll have the chance. But I would like to be a scout because I think… I know we’ve changed some things around here in the WWE, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to find these… I don’t want to call them actors and stunt men, but like, you’ve got to find these athletes, that want to do this their whole life, you know? And not saying that, you know, football or basketball, you know, the athletes from there can’t be great.
We’ve seen it with Kurt Angle, you know, so we know that guys coming in, like from a sport, an Olympic sport or whatnot, wherever it may be, can be great.
Having been through the process himself, AJ Styles commented how anyone looking to join the company would need to leave their ego at the door.
But for someone who’s want to do this their whole life. They know what’s expected of them. They know what they can do to chase that dream. And I don’t know. It’s just it’s a little bit different. And I think it’d be a little bit harder for someone whose never watched wrestling before in their life to come to this stage and put on… you know, when your egos not involved.
And trust me, I had a little bit of an ego because I did wrestling in high school and college. But when you learn to go, ‘Wait, wait, wait. What’s the story?’ You know, that’s the most important thing. And you got to let go of these egos. Egos don’t matter. They don’t they’re not going to sell Pay-Per-View’s, egos.
What we need people is to sell the story. And sometimes people who want to do this a whole lot know that better than anybody.
AJ Styles will compete against Edge at WrestleMania 38 this weekend, in a stacked card of actions which also sees ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin return to confront Kevin Owens on The KO Show.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.