AJ Styles was recently interviewed by Ryan Carse of The Tag Rope during the 5 Star Wrestling tour in the United Kingdom in which he discussed missing out on his chance to join WCW before it closed in 2001 and WWE not signing him.
“It was a little depressing, not only that [WCW] went out of business, but the fact that WWE did not pick me up. But in retrospect, it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I wasn’t ready to be in WCW and I wasn’t ready to be in WWF at the time. It was great getting back onto those indies and really learning. I learned so much going to Ring of Honor, it was a big learning curve for me at the beginning because everything was different, things were done different in the North East than they were in the South East. But it was a great thing that happened to me, it was the best thing that could’ve happened.”
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