AJ Styles details his first time training to be a professional wrestler.
The newest episode of WWE Untold chronicles AJ Styles' debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble. The opening of the show looks at AJ's family life, with him sharing that his wife Wendy was the one who taught him how to do a backflip when they were in high school, practicing on pole vaulting mats.
He then detailed his time in college and how after he dropped out and got a job, it was running into two old friends that lead to him training to be a professional wrestler. Here is what he said:
"When I was in college it kind of dawned on me, I never really enjoyed high school as far as bookwork. Or, why am I wasting my time and money in college if I don't want to be here? So I ended up leaving college and going and getting a regular job. But in that regular job, I had passed two of my friends from high school who were just really jacked-up muscle heads, and they told me they were going to go train to be professional wrestlers. I said, "okay, I'm sure you will. In fact, I'll go with you if you ever find the place."
Lo and behold, they found a place about 20, 30 minutes from my house, and so I had no excuse why I couldn't go. So I went with them and I took that first bump, or a fall. It was one of those things where the impact and how hard I did it, and it wasn't that hard for me to do, like I understood how my body was supposed to go. Now it wasn't perfect, mind you, but there was something about it that triggered something in my brain that says "this is what we need to do for the rest of our careers."
AJ Styles has gone on to have a decorated career, holding the top titles in WWE, IMPACT (formerly TNA), and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
On January 4, AJ Styles announced in a digital exclusive that he is entering the 2021 Men's Royal Rumble Match.
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