Back in 2017, there were rumors of Shawn Michaels having a match with the Phenomenal One AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble PPV but it never happened.
During a recent interview with Cathy Kelley, the current United States Champion talked about a number of things and he also revealed that he had actually asked Shawn for a bout.
According to AJ, he had asked HBK and received no for an answer and he claimed that he understands why Michaels wants to stay retired:
“I asked Shawn [about a match] and he said ‘No.’ Well that’s on Shawn, guys. I can’t do anything about that. I would love to opportunity to do that match, but I get where he’s coming from too. It’s one of those things where, if you say you’re gonna retire — Now, granted, he had a match after his retirement, one match — but I understand not really wanting to do it. When I retire, I want to [stay] retired too.”
Apart from this, AJ Styles also talked about people seeing similarities between him and Shawn and he said that he doesn’t know what people find similar in them.