Major WWE Star Drops Retirement Hint

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Could one of WWE’s biggest stars be about to retire?

For the best part of 20 years, AJ Styles has been regarded as one of the best wrestlers on the planet. Styles has starred in Ring of Honor, TNA, NJPW, and WWE, leaving a trail of memorable matches behind him. However, father time waits for no one.

Now 46, Styles has publicly admitted for the first time that the end of his career is in sight.

While appearing on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Styles said he’s “getting close to the end.”

I’m anxious to see what story comes next. I’m getting close. I’m getting close to the end. I want to have that story and match to go with it before I leave the WWE. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most,”

When asked to clarify those comments, Styles said he’s planning to retire as he’s becoming more and more anxious about embarrassing himself in the ring.

“I’m done. I’m going to retire. I’m getting to that point where I am worried about embarrassing myself. My brain says, ‘We can do this.’ My body is like, ‘You’re stupid. We cannot do this. We’re hurting every day when we roll out of bed. At some point, this has to come to an end.’ I’ve realized, like so many others that come before me, the greats, they get out of it when we think there is still time for them. It’s because we don’t want to embarrass ourselves.

We’re just trying to get out while we still can where we can still get around and just have fun away from wrestling. I love it, this is what I do and what I know. I’ve spent more than half my life doing this, but at some point, you have to let go because it’s fun, but I don’t want to disappoint you. When you see AJ Styles, I want you to go, ‘That’s my guy, that’s the guy I know,’ rather than go, ‘He just isn’t the same guy and can’t do what he used to.’ I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to let you down.

My time is coming. It’s getting short. I am going to enjoy it, I promise you that.”

AJ Styles Was Expecting Problems When CM Punk Returned To WWE

During the same interview, AJ Styles said he was “expecting a problem” when CM Punk returned to WWE. Styles claimed that Punk’s reputation and the fact he’s got friends in AEW made him wary.

Punk and Styles also clashed on social media back in 2020

Styles is set to take on LA Knight on night two of WrestleMania 40.

H/t to Fightful