AJ Styles was a recent guest on Edge and Christian's podcast, E&C's Pod of Awesomeness, and revealed that when he got a surprise US Title victory over Kevin Owens at the Madison Square Garden live event, it was all Vince McMahon's idea, "and no one else's."
"To me, it's smart. It's something that hasn't been done in a long time and to do it at Madison Square Garden and everybody with WWE knows that's a big deal. I think it was awesome. I think it was very clever and I loved it. There was a pop, 'He won! Yes!' but, (then the crowd quieted) 'well, who's going to walk out there?' and then, there was another pop because nobody walked out there (to restart the match). It was really cool, but it was smart to not do that every year, but every couple of years to do something like that. I think it just came down to doing something different and it was Vince's call and no one else's. And yeah, it was great."
Styles went on to say that it just goes to show you that anything can happen at a WWE Live Event.
"You never know. And who knows? When the guys wrestling, whoever it may be wrestling Jinder Mahal, they may switch it. If you've got John Cena working Jinder Mahal on the main event or whatever, it could possibly happen. That's a good idea. That's a business move to some extent."
Styles lost the US Title back to Owens at Battleground in a controversial finish, the reclaimed it two nights later on SmackDown in a Triple Threat match also featuring the returning Chris Jericho. Owens gets his one on one rematch next week on SmackDown.
You can listen to the entire interview at this link.