AJ Styles Explains How John Cena Surprised Him In The Ring

AJ Styles says John Cena surprised him with how good he was in the ring.

Styles memorably feuded with Cena throughout 2016 and into 2017. They clashed at WWE Money in the Bank 2016, and the two stars delivered an instant classic at SummerSlam later that year. Their matches garnered plenty of praise, and while Styles was already renowned for his technical ability, Cena impressed many fans throughout this series.

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Speaking on The Halftime Show, Styles reflected on his experience working with Cena and noted that the multi-time WWE Champion surprised him with his in-ring skills. He emphasized that Cena knows what he's doing, and he's a talented performer.

"I’ve had a lot of tough opponents throughout my career. I will say that a guy that surprised me with how good he was in the ring would be John Cena. John is not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring, but he’s pretty good. I had some of my better matches against this guy.I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into, there’s a little bit of everything. I had no idea. That’s one of those things where I had a lot to learn. Some guys may not look the part, but they definitely.... His mind for how everything needs to work and transition-wise. He’s just good. He knows what he’s doing. It’s one of those things were you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring,’ but once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’ He’s pretty good," Styles said.

In a previous interview, Styles stated that he wants both IMPACT and AEW to do well. Check out his comments here.

At WWE Crown Jewel, The OC (Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows) battled Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and Dominik Mysterio of The Judgment Day. More information is available here.

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