AJ Styles had an extremely successful run with the WWE since joining the company at the 2016 Royal Rumble. The current WWE Champion has headlined a number of pay-per-views and has put on memorable matches against the likes of John Cena at SummerSlam 2016 and Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 33.
However, Styles scared a number of WWE fans when he hinted at retiring in two years. The Phenomenal One talked about losing energy as he got older, then claimed in a couple of years, he'll be able to watch any sporting event he wants to.
But Styles provided a huge sigh of relief for the WWE Universe by denying his retirement speculation:
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Styles' current contract expires in 2019, when he'll be 42. But despite the mileage and age on his body, Styles hasn't lost a step and remains one of the greatest wrestling athletes in the world.
But many wrestlers retire and/or only wrestle part-time when they reach their '40s. This has included Batista, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Triple H, Big Show, Kane and many other elite superstars.
For Styles, he's performed for the top wrestling promotions in the world, and doesn't have anything else to prove at this point. He's married with four kids, and could easily decide to hang up the boots so he can spend time with his family.
It's possible that Styles is just trying to downplay the speculation, though he could very well be ready to retire in 2019. Nobody had a clue that Shawn Michaels was about to retire until Undertaker made it a stipulation in their WrestleMania 26 bout.
But for the time being, fans of Styles just have to appreciate all he's doing in the ring. He's going to be around for at least two more years, so now's not the time to worry about him retiring. He has denied it, after all.