AJ Styles: I Wanted Off Raw Because I Couldn't Look At Paul Heyman, Hard To Find Someone Who Likes Him

Coming out of Talk'N Shop Live over the weekend, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson revealed that Paul Heyman played a big part in their release. According to them, Heyman went to Vince McMahon and advocated for Gallows & Anderson to be released after initially saying he had nothing to do with their release.

Gallows & Anderson went on to bury Heyman, which he told them to do if he ever lied. They also said that AJ Styles found out Heyman had lied and that's why he wanted off of Raw. 

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On his Twitch stream, Styles gave his side of what happened. 

"It was said that I was so angry that Gallows and Anderson were released, so angry that I was like, 'I don't want to be on Raw anymore.' That's not the way it went down, at all. It was the person who was in charge of Raw, who had lied to me, to my face, just the most believable lie I had ever seen, directly to my face. I'm talking about Paul Heyman. Basically said to me -- here's the kicker, there were times we were putting other guys over, Gallows & Anderson are getting beat by one guy and we're like 'what the heck' and he's like, 'You gotta trust me, we gotta get this guy over,' and of course that's what you do, you help guys get over, but also, you can't just bury us completely. I don't mind losing, as long as there is a good story behind it. He would be like, 'Listen, trust me. You guys, trust me. If you ever think I do you wrong, you get on social media and you bury me. You bury me.' He said this to us. It came down to Money in the Bank, I found out that my guys were getting released, I was upset. I wanted to go talk to Vince, but it's already in motion and already been done. Paul Heyman pulls me into his office and tells me he had nothing to do with it and knew nothing about it. If he knew Gallows & Anderson were getting released, he would have fought for them and that's why they didn't tell him they were getting released. I said, 'Okay, I appreciate that, it makes a lot of sense,'" he said.

AJ went on to say that he understands what is going on with COVID-19 and the need to make cutbacks and that Gallows & Anderson have an understanding about that as well. 

He continued by saying, "It was later, I told a friend what was said and he told me what he knew, which is that Gallows & Anderson weren't on the list, but Paul Heyman spoke out abundantly like 'we gotta get these guys out of here. We don't need them, they're getting paid too much.' The one thing Paul Heyman is good at is talking, he's very convincing. One thing led to another, Paul advocated to get them released. Their name wasn't on the list until Paul brought it up. I think the reason why he did what he did, well, he's just a liar, but it's because he knew he had nothing we wanted to do with them. He didn't want to get them to the next level or do anything for them. The best way to do that after what he said, was to get them out of there."

Styles was traded to SmackDown on May 22, just over a month after Gallows & Anderson were released. When discussing why he wanted to move away from Raw, he said, "The reason I went to SmackDown is because I couldn't stand looking at him. I can't stand a liar. I'm a grown man, you're a grown man, why lie? I talked to a lot of guys about this situation. You wouldn't believe how many people that I work with despise this guy because of his lies and he'd find ways to throw them under the bus when he screwed up. I heard this from several people. It's almost hard to find someone who likes him. I didn't know this, I assumed everyone liked him and I was the only one. Vince is a very smart man and he can see through a lot of crap and I think he saw what everybody knew. 'You've done some great things in the past, but you're not well liked here, hit the bricks.' The only person he can blame for this is himself. Just don't lie to people."

Styles went on to say that he knows Vince makes the final call on who is released, but was still angry at Heyman for lying and getting Anderson & Gallows on the "cut list." 

Heyman was fired from his position as executive director of Raw on June 11, just weeks after Styles was moved to SmackDown. Styles currently serves as the Intercontinental Champion on SmackDown while Gallows & Anderson are signed to IMPACT Wrestling. 

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