WWE Champion AJ Styles is about to enter his third year with the company, but he is looking towards retirement. Styles got over with the crowd quickly and has put on a clinic of great matches against top talents like Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and John Cena.
Though Styles is now 40 years of age and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, he appeared on 97.9 The Box in Houston to update his future. Styles talked about how hard it is for him to keep performing at his age.
“The older you get, the less energy you have to maintain it,” he said.”It is what it is, but if you still have that drive and you can still do it, why not? Get in the gym and get it done, and look good in the meantime.”
Styles then hinted at possibly leaving the WWE in the very near future:
“Work hard now, you enjoy it later. In a couple of years, I’ll be able to catch every football game, every baseball game, every basketball game, cheerleading, gymnastics, whatever they’re in.”
Cue the Jaws theme music.
Though he’s still in his prime as a wrestler, it would be easy to understand if Styles chose to retire at age 42. He’s married with four children and told The Box how hard it is to be away from his family.
Also, Styles doesn’t have anything to prove at this stage of his wrestling career. He was a long-time star in both TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and is shining on the WWE stage.
We’ve seen a number of top superstars retire at fairly early ages. Shawn Michaels (44), and Edge (38), are among the many to leave while in their primes. Other stars like Batista, Brock Lesnar, and John Cena are/were only part-timers as they entered their 40s.
So if Styles truly is planning on retiring in two years, WWE fans simply have to enjoy and appreciate what is left in the Phenomenal One’s career. It’s been a heckuva run, but nothing lasts forever.
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