AJ Styles spoke about the WWE budget cuts and talent releases last night (April 16) on his Mixer stream.
The Phenomenal One says he understands the company needed to do something in response to the changes the pandemic has forced on everyone & everything. But he’s wondering some of the same things fans are about management’s priorities. And he’s taking the loss of his good brothers Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows personally.
“[Gallows & Anderson] hurt really bad. The only way I can explain it is these guys are like family and I couldn’t take care of my own brothers, that’s the way I feel about it. I’m the oldest, I’m supposed to take care of them and I didn’t manage to do that. I feel responsible, in some weird way, for them being released. It’s devastating. There’s a lot of other great wrestlers (who got released). This stuff is expected with everything going on. I’m as shocked as you are with some of the guys that got released. I have my own opinions with things that could have been done differently. I’m not the CEO of the company, I don’t make those decisions. Who do you blame with all this? Every company is doing this. When big companies stop making money, it’s not the highest up person who takes a pay cut, everyone else does. All I know is I lost a lot of great friends.
When Gallows & Anderson got released, I just felt alone. Those guys are with me all the time and I’ve never felt more alone. If Gallows & Anderson go to AEW or NJPW, I hope they kill it. I’m going to miss them, I really am. These next couple of years are going to be different.”
It’s an interesting, and tough, look into the mind of someone who’ll be trying to put his personal feelings aside and get back to entertaining us.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.