AJ Styles on his initial reaction to John Cena at SummerSlam 2016, Their Chemistry in the Ring


AJ Styles spoke in a recent episode of The Bump about his match with John Cena at SummerSlam 2016. Styles faced Cena in a singles match that saw Styles take the win, and they would face off again at the Royal Rumble next year. . You can see the highlights from Styles’ comments and the full video below:On his initial reaction when he found out he would face Cena: « [I was] super excited about this. I knew it was going to be special, without a doubt. He and I just had this chemistry and I’ve said it over and over again. I mean, we’re totally two different performers in every way. But he and I freeze so well together. I knew it was going to be a fun game. And it was literally, as I was warming up, smiling all the time because I knew it was going to be awesome.

On his match with Cena at the 2017 Royal Rumble: “Like I said, the chemistry we have is amazing. So what you don’t know about that game at Royal Rumble is because the SummerSlam one was totally different. We never got out of the ring in the Royal Rumble game, we never went to the ground. What’s different from most games, you know? So I’m really proud of it. There are a lot of things to be proud of about these games, and that was one of them.

On if the game is a bit underrated now in terms of what that means for his career: “Look, that 2016 game with John Cena was a game-changer for me. It changed everything. And so if people play it down, they say it wasn’t that great but maybe they weren’t watching the same game as everyone else. I thought it was great, all about it. The atmosphere, the fans were amazing. I think it was a game that not many people thought they would see, including myself. Being able to compete with John Cena in a WWE ring in one of the biggest PPVs of the year was, it’s amazing. I thought it was easily one of the best games of my career.

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