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AJ Styles On Leaving Pro Wrestling, NXT Names Join Main Roster

AJ Styles knows at 42 years old that his time inside a pro wrestling ring is winding down. Also, two NXT names have officially joined the main roster.

AJ Styles On Leaving Pro Wrestling

AJ Styles Leaving Wrestling
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AJ Styles first appeared on TV during the dying days of WCW. He was offered a developmental deal with WWE, but passed. He landed in Impact Wrestling and quickly became one of their brightest stars. 

After a short period of time, Styles was seen as the face of Impact Wrestling. Eventually, the company fell on hard-times and Styles opted to leave. He worked Indy the scene and also NJPW, where he became the leader of the Bullet Club.

WWE was finally able sign Styles, who was quickly elevated to the main event picture. When All Elite Wrestling rolled around, WWE made Styles a huge offer and he could not pass up the money.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio with Mark Henry, Styles indicate that he likely will not sign a new contract going forward. He admits to slowing down in the ring and knows time will play a larger role as he goes forward. 

“You know, Mark [Henry], you get older,” said Styles. “You go, ‘where the freak did my energy go? Why don’t I have that useless burst of energy that I had way back when.’ You can see that starting to deplete and I’ve said this before; I don’t want to be that AJ Styles that everybody goes, ‘wow, I wish he could still do that’ or, ‘oh wow, he’s really slow.’”

“I wanna be the AJ Styles that people will remember and go out that way. Will I be like I was when I was 25? There’s no way. It’s just not possible.”

More On Styles’ Future With WWE

Styles signed the recent WWE contract right before WrestleMania 35. The new deal still has several years left.

Even at 42 years old, Styles remains one of the best wrestlers in the world. There are still many dream matches that WWE would like to put together and they have time. While WWE will likely pressure Styles into signing another contract extension, he seems comfortable retiring and is not concerned about money.

In the four years Styles has been with WWE, he has accomplished what takes some 15 years to reach. The current United States Champion might only have one major goal left to accomplish to in WWE and that is main event WrestleMania. 

NXT Names Join Main Roster

Over the past few weeks, WWE quietly added Deonna Purrazzo and Chelsea Green to RAW. Both knew they would be joining ahead of time and are now officially members of the main roster.

Purrazzo made a few appearances on WWE TV between 2014 and 2016. In 2018, she signed with WWE and started working for NXT and briefly for NXT UK. In her RAW debut, she was defeated by Asuka.

As for Green, she spent a few years in Impact Wreslting and was a one time Knockouts Champion. She failed to win Tough Enough in 2015 and later signed with WWE in 2018. She lost her main roster debut to Charlotte Flair and then defeated Sarah Logan on Main Event to close 2019.

It is rare that WWE would not have the women remain in NXT longer, but they could see potential in both. Hence, the reason for their quick pushes to the main roster.

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