AJ Styles Says TNA Can’t Rely On Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam

This week … a VERY special episode of IN THE ROOM on WEXP 1600 AM Philly and TheBradyHicks.com., as Brady Hicks welcomes AJ Styles IN THE ROOM to talk all about the progress TNA has been making, as well as to hype up their appearances at Lockdown this past Sunday night in Nashville.

On TNA’s youth movement, as it stands: “They’re … WE are definitely in a better place. If we’re making new stars, that’s what we need to do. We gotta build that foundation, and it starts by making new stars. You can’t rely on Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy and guys like that who have been around for awhile …. or even AJ Styles for that matter. You have to continue to build new stars to rely on and to keep it fresh.”

On the development of Bobby Roode and James Storm: “I gotta tell you, when those two broke up as a tag team I thought, ‘Oh man, that’s the worst thing that could ever happen to tag team wrestling.’ Literally these guys were the best in the world as a tag team … It’s crazy what has happened with them over time. I can’t say that I don’t want to see this match happen because I do.”

On Being in the locker room with guys like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting and Kurt Angle: “It’s a great thing to have around. If you can soak up as much information as they’re putting out. You can only get better with those guys around you … These guys have done a lot in this business. If you can soak up some of that information. The sky’s the limit.”

On his Relationship with Ric Flair: “I soaked up so much information from Ric Flair that I realized he’s kind of a douche-bag. Neither Fortune nor myself wanted to be around him any more. Fortune kind of imploded because of it.”

On Bobby Roode as champion: “Like it or not, Bobby Roode is the best world heavyweight champion RIGHT NOW. The guy is good. You can’t deny that fact. He looks good. He wrestles even better than he looks. This guy is unstoppable at this point in his career.”

On TNA overtaking WWE: “It’s not going to happen overnight. We don’t have the money that the other company has. We just have to take it slow … When we move to0 fast, that’s how you destroy a company.”

All that, plus AJ’s thoughts on competing in the steel cage each year at Lockdown, being a main-event player once again, taking Impact live once again, and on the road, what Fortune did for each member’s career, getting to compete each week against his best friends in the business, and so much more. The full interview is available here.

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  • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

    The headline is misleading. I was expecting Styles to bury Hardy and RVD.

    • Shambo

      same… thought  he was gonna blast him

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      Looks like a cheap way to increase the hit count, doesn’t it?

  • Hobo With A Shotgun

    AJ Styles: I soaked up so much information from Ric Flair that I realized he’s kind of a douche-bag. 

    • http://twitter.com/StrayZer0 Adam Michael

      I know it seems like a real interview but that part kind of through me off…. is he in character? Or does he just not like Ric Flair on a personal level…

    • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

      I know, right?  I can’t believe he said that.

      • Tlsxoxo

        Is he in character ?

        • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

          I don’t know.   Like Adam Michael said it sounds like a real interview.  From everything I’ve seen and read about Styles he seems like a genuinely nice guy, so that comment would be out of character, pun intended, for him.

          • Jmc60

            Styles might just have real beef with them

          • Lil jimmy

             i’m not surprised i heard that naitch has the habit to take boys to bars to after party then leave them with the bill.

          • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

            I heard that, too.

          • DAX

            Flair is not only GOD but GENIUS as well.

          • Tiran66

            And why shouldn’t he?  If it wasn’t for Ric Flair these “boys” wouldn’t be making the kind of money they are or be as famous as they are.  I’m not saying Flair did it on his own, cause he didn’t, but he sure as hell was at the top of the list of guys who put wrestling on the map.  If I was a young wrestler I would pay Flair’s tab every night if it meant I could absorb even half the wrestling knowledge this guy has.  In this case guilt by assotiation is a good thing.

          • http://twitter.com/FlipCity1017 Jager1017

            he obviously does it ’cause he’s a drunk. and a broke one at that. why else would he continue to make wrestling appearances..? isn’t this the same flair who got all in a huff not too many years ago ’cause tna hadn’t paid him yet? bills bills bills. if he’s broke, imagine what the midcarders and lower are making in tna. exactly. all it’d take is to leave me with a bill and i’d make sure i stuck it to him next time i saw him. idgaf who paved what, that’s still a douche move.

  • WWE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    another egotistical status from a egotistical Trash bag

  • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

    @WWE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Styles is a pretty humble guy.  Re-read what he said about TNA’s Youth Movement.

  • DAX

    Jesus Fn Christ. Who in the blue hell set up those headlines?
    Talk about manipulation.
    Even Michael Moore is face palming right now.

    • Systematic


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ2KXSXCK63OE2O3CTQDOXYZ7U stoops

    Bobby Roode is the best world heavyweight champion right now? Get real AJ. Not even close to Punk. As for TNA overtaking WWE, that will never happen. They will never have the money to do it. WWE is the major leagues and every wrestler that wants to be a star and or get rich wants to go there at some point. Very few have become legends and not wrestled there at some point.

    • DAX

       Vince McMahon never had the money to overtake WCW. Look how that ended.

      • Illmatic

        very true

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ2KXSXCK63OE2O3CTQDOXYZ7U stoops

         WWE already ruled when WCW overtook them. Not the other way around. The NWA was a bunch of territorial promotions that banded together and still could not stop WWE. Turner put a lot of money behind WCW and yes they did great for just over a year. How did that turn out again? Turner sold out due in some form to the amount of money he lost in WCW. Then VKM bought it for pennies on the dollar. You mat not like WWE but you have to know that they are the top of the business and TNA will never overtake them.

        • DAX

          Truth be told WWE whas almost bancrupt when Turner whas pumping the money ito WCW. Vince beat them with great storylines and characters. Not saying that TNA is bound to rule over WWE one day. its 99.99% sure it will not.
          PS. I fn hate TNA. and im a fan of wwe/f for years now. Just saying never say never.

          • black chain gang v2.13


          • http://twitter.com/FlipCity1017 Jager1017

            LOL hogan sucks. tna sucks. and i’m sure roode sucks. wwe can’t touch tna? then why are they tanking as far as ratings go? why has carter been told she had to watch where she puts her money or she’s cut off? why every 3-6 months is there ‘format changes’ made to tna; er, impact wrestling? (see what i did there?) tell me why all they sign are wwe dropouts who either can’t pass a piss test (i can’t either.. oh well) or are no longer relevant (dudleys?).. tna, impact, whatever you want to call it.. is just circling the drain. lol and ‘z’ is not how you say THE. sucka.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EO45SUVQJNAX5ZNOYRX2ZXS42Y dae5

          There was a time when I thought WCW had the better programming on Monday over Raw and I think WCW held the advantage in ratings for a short time during that period.  WCW did have some new, innovative, ideas and WWF was just stale with the occassional loop thrown in for good measure.  When the WWF became the WWE (Federation replaced with Entertainment), that’s when I believe that Vinny Mac’s promotion, which held a monopoly in the “sports entertainment” industry at the top level, has kinda gotten stale and predictable after some early success.  As TNA ramped up towards the top, I think that WWE got a little bit fresher but does not have enough talent to sell two shows at this time. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1406476848 Junaid Bokhari

        they had the mind of vince mcMahon damnit… who in the blue hell is dixie carter? and besides, with hogan and bichoff running, you can go ahead certainly look back at how wcw ended

    • Black_chain_gang

      yo the hell ya talkin bout.. TNA is a new company… u guys are just smarks ya know that? TNA fans are true wrasslin fans and not u wwe brawler fans… u take cm punk john cena and get lost .. brother devon is better than cm punk yo NOW CAN U DIG THAT sucka?

      • http://twitter.com/FlipCity1017 Jager1017

        new company? hardly. been around over a decade and only formed because all the wcw runoff that vince didn’t want were jobless. i will take cm punk and cena over devon ANY day. devon couldn’t lace their boots. his big claim to fame was getting a table so he could essentially rko someone through it. big deal. keep your crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1406476848 Junaid Bokhari

        are you drunk or something?

      • DAX

         Its been aroun for 10 Frekin years now and been started buy guys wh had masive experiance in wrestling.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EO45SUVQJNAX5ZNOYRX2ZXS42Y dae5

      Well, I must say, in my opinion, that TNA Impact is a much more entertaining show than the WWF’s Raw and Smackdown shows as of late.    Vince’s roster doesn’t have enough talent to support two separate shows (hence, the Supershow concept) and it appears to me that Raw/SD is reverting to the original concept of having the second show.  At some point, I would not be surprised if the two top title straps are unified once again as the tag titles and Divas championships have been.  If TNA can get out on the road like Vinny Mac’s group, maybe it could compete with him, but for now, it’s still the WCW format with Saturday Night – the original flagship show before Nitro.

  • wwetnadudez

    TNA has made some nice new stars, James Storm and Roode and Magnus is doing good too, hopefully Magnus and Joe work together for a while more as the tag champs, they are great together.

  • Kaylyn Owens

    How long have we known Flair was that?

  • Hellaluyeah

    Jup, headline is set up to make you think AJ Styles is calling Jeff and RVD stoners and unrelyable. This page is so biased.