WWE Champion AJ Styles recently sat down with ESPN and admitted he almost had to change his name upon joining the company at the 2016 Royal Rumble. Check out what "The Face That Runs The Place" had to say below.
“When Triple H and I were talking, he said: ‘I don’t know if we’ll be able to keep your name.’ I said: ‘That’s fine, I’ll be any name you want me to be called, except I do have this huge AJ tattoo on my side so that might be a problem.”
“I think it worked out for the best because we weren’t taken and being changed into something else. We were the same characters that they saw from different companies and that they were familiar with and people were already invested in. I think that was a good move by WWE.”