AJ Styles Says He Will Retire At The End Of His Current Contract

Styles joined WWE in 2016

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Current United States Champion and leader of ‘The OC’ in WWE, AJ Styles has achieved great success in the company during his three-year stay. AJ Styles joined WWE in 2016 after a decade-long run in the professional wrestling industry, fighting in different promotions like NJPW, TNA, and ROH.

Styles won the WWE Championship months after his debut and defeated the likes of John Cena and Dean Ambrose during his first run with the belt. In his second reign, Styles held the title for more than 300 days before dropping it to Daniel Bryan late last year.

Styles has previously mentioned that he intends to finish his career in WWE, and wishes to have a proper life with his wife and kids. Styles appeared on Lillian Garcia’s podcast this week along with his Good Brothers, Gallows & Anderson, and talked about his WWE run.

AJ Styles initially signed a three-year contract with WWE in 2016 and renewed it before WrestleMania this year. There were rumors of Styles and his Club buddies joining AEW, reuniting with several superstars from their NJPW run. However, Styles put all those rumors to rest when he signed a fresh contract with the company in March.

Styles mentioned on the podcast that this contract will be his last in his professional wrestling career. He will retire for good at the end of his contract and will move on to be with his family after that.

“I had no doubt that you know this is what I was going to do for my career. It really was. And you couldn’t have told me any different. And I can tell you that the contract that I signed, here in the WWE, is my last. This is it for me. This is where I’m going to end my career no matter what happens. I got to, you know? I want to be there for my kids.”

Styles is no spring chicken after turning 42 a few months ago. His long and storied career in wrestling should receive a proper end in WWE.