Following his loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania and the release of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, AJ Styles was moved over to SmackDown for a fresh start, but there were reports that suggested there was much more to it.
The former WWE Champion recently took part in a live stream on Twitch where he was able to reveal the truth behind the move.
“The reason why I went to SmackDown is because I couldn’t stand looking at him. I just can’t stand a liar. I’m a grown man, you’re a grown man, why lie? You didn’t even have to say anything. So, I just couldn’t stand to look at him and I was just like ‘if and when the opportunity if SmackDown is available, I can’t be around Paul Heyman. I just can’t stand him.”
“But if there’s ever an opportunity, I don’t mind coming over, that would be great. I don’t want to do anything now because my son if he plays football on Friday nights, I want to be there.’
Styles also went on to talk about the fact that he wasn’t the only one who had an issue with Paul Heyman and that the former Executive Director of Raw would throw other people under the bus to cover his own back.
“You wouldn’t believe how many people that I worked with despised this guy because of his lies and he’d find ways to throw them under the bus when he screwed up. He would try to throw them under the bus so they’d get in trouble. I heard this from several, several different people. It was kind of hard to find someone who liked him. And I didn’t know this, I just assumed everybody liked him and I was the only one.”
“Vince is a very smart man and he can see through a lot of crap and I think he finally saw what everybody already knew and said ‘you know what man, you’ve done some great things in the past [but] you’re just not well-liked here, maybe hit the bricks.”
“We’ll let you be the advocate for Brock Lesnar. You do it well, you can’t deny that. He’s good at that. I think that’s as far as it needs to go.’ The only person you can blame for this is himself. Just don’t lie to people man. This is the business that he, I don’t want to say grew up in but found a way to be successful in – probably by lying. I’m not the first guy to say this, as I found out.”