AJ Styles on Top Guy Status, Favorite WWE Match, and Dream WWE Match
Spanish language website Planeta Wrestling recently held an interview with AJ Styles discussing being a top guy in the WWE, his favorite match from his WWE career, and his current dream opponent for Wrestlemania.
On the topic of championships needed in order to be a top guy in the WWE, Styles stated it is possible to be a top guy in the WWE without needing to also be a champion. Same for not needing to be a top guy in order to hold a major championship since earning the respect from fans is far more important.
“I think that a championship definitely says something about you, it definitely says you’re the guy that puts butts in the seats,” he said. “The WWE Champion does that for SmackDown, he’s our guy that puts butts in the seats, that’s why people come to see it. Do you necessarily have to be a top guy to have the championship? You don’t have to be. Once you’ve got the respect of the fans for everything you’ve done, you can be that top guy. But I personally enjoy being a champion.”
When asked about his favorite match in the WWE, Styles stated he considers several matches to be his favorite but his match against Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania 33 is currently at the top of his list.
“I’ve had a lot of great matches already and I don’t know that I can pick just one, I don’t know if that’s a question for me,” he said. “Now I did enjoy the WrestleMania match, because it’s always bigger than anything else, with Shane McMahon and I’m very proud of that match. That’s one that’s at the top of my list, but there are many others like with Roman Reigns and John Cena as well, so it’s hard to pick just one.”
On the topic of his dream match for Wrestlemania, Styles stated he currently considers both Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode to be his choices for a possible dream match at Wrestlemania 34.
Will it happen? I’m not sure. I think there’s a lot of matches that people want to see and Shinsuke [vs.] AJ Styles is definitely one of them, also with Bobby Roode,” he said. “There’s very few people on the SmackDown roster I’ve yet to have a one-on-one match with, and I think that would be very special to have any one of those guys at WrestleMania.”