AJ Styles appeared on Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia, to discuss the idea of him being a great performer. He also talks about some great moments he had backstage with Luke Harper, Roman Reigns, and Chris Jericho.
On being considered a great performer:
I try to stay humble and never assume anything, because when you break down the word assume, you know what that means. Like I said, I never assume anything and in this business, you can’t. Again, things change so fast and you never know what’s going to happen, so I don’t assume, ‘Oh, I’m that good’ or ‘I’m that great.’
First of all, I don’t believe that I’m good or great. I want to be one day, but I never assume. I try not to watch matches. When I do, I get so mad at myself. I think they could’ve been better or a promo that could’ve been better that it just tears me up, so I know there’s a point that hopefully I can get there, but I’m not there yet. I want to be.
On Luke Harper telling him he earned his position:
What I really love are the relationships in this business and when someone comes up to you and says, ‘Hey, you earned that the right way.’ This was told to me by a guy here and it meant the world to me. He has no idea how much it meant to me, but it did.
Luke Harper, he came to me and said, ‘You did it the right way. You earned it.’ And why he said this, I don’t know if I agree with it, but he’s like, ‘You’re the freaking best.’ And that meant more to me than anything I’ve ever done in this business.
On special moments he shared with Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho:
The little things they say mean everything to me. Roman Reigns spearing me in the middle of the ring and, whether he meant to or not, because it was a great match, pinning me, and as he’s rolling off he says, ‘I love you, brother.’ That’s everything to me!
Chris Jericho praying with me before my first ever WrestleMania, that’s everything to me. That’s where I’m talking about the relationships that you make here.
You can check out the podcast here.