WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg has heaped praise on a WWE star and wrestling veteran, saying he ranks them among the very best in the world.
AJ Styles built a career for himself in TNA, becoming the first-ever champion of the company’s vaunted X Division before going on to dominate the main event scene as a 5-time NWA/TNA World Champion. In 2014, he left TNA and continued building his legacy where he became the leader of Bullet Club and a two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion before WWE came calling.
Styles made his debut for the company in the 2016 Royal Rumble match and since then he has captured the Raw Tag Team Championship, the US Championship, the Intercontinental Title, and the WWE Championship on two occasions.
Speaking on his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg explained exactly what he thinks of Styles and says although The Phenomenal One might be slowing down, you’d be hard pushed to find somebody better in the ring:
“I think AJ Styles is if not the best, right now. Look and let’s say then he has been working very hard ever since this, he showed up at the Rumble that year. And so he’s older now and he’s slower now and he’s like, wants to work smarter now. But in his [mind], when he first got here, and I still think he was very much in his prime. The road puts it on you, you know what I mean? TVs, on the road, and that kind of life? You know, be careful what you wish for because it ain’t easy.”
“So he’s tired now, but man when he first got there, there ain’t nobody. Nobody works like he does. He works like everything he does in the ring from bell to bell is real. And that’s what I love about AJ Styles. He is just like, I love to have fun when I was in the ring, but when I was involved in the physicality I always liked to think it was real. You know what I mean? Unless I was having fun or something.”
“But AJ worked so hard on making every single thing he does look real. It’s so admirable and such a lost art that it’s still great to see him do it. And I know people go ‘oh Kenny Omega, oh this guy, oh that guy…’ I don’t care who you’re talking to. If you’re asking me my opinion, AJ Styles is one of the best, if not the best wrestler I’ve ever been in the ring with, you know what I mean? At home like a fan, watched in the arena like a fan. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. And that’s my opinion on AJ Styles.”
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