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AJ Styles nearly changed his name before WWE debut

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AJ Styles is one of the few stars who got to keep their name while they came to WWE from the independent circuit but he recently revealed that his name was almost changed while making the transition.

Styles recently spoke to ESPN where he discussed a number of things including his ongoing feud with the former NXT Champion Samoa Joe and more.

While talking about his WWE debut, he recalled a talk he had with Triple H prior to it, where the game told him that he may not be able to keep his name in the company:

When Triple H and I were talking, he said, ‘I don’t know if we’ll be able to keep your name.’ I said, ‘That’s fine, I’ll be any name you want me to be called, except I do have this huge AJ tattoo on my side so that might be a problem,’

Though thankfully this didn’t turn out to be the case and Styles was not only able to keep his name, but he has gone on to become one of the top stars of the company since his debut.


  • CC

    I think HHH was just warning him that it could happen rather than it would.
    I think the days of automatically changing an established stars name are gone. When they are at the level AJ, Joe and a few others are, it would be foolish to change their names.

  • Sparti Love

    I always hated the AJ tattoo but if that’s one reason why he was able to keep his name then that’s awesome