The Styles Clash has been synonymous with AJ Styles since the early 00's, in fact at one stage it was considered one of the best finishing moves of any professional wrestler in the world, but the move doesn't come without risk. There had been calls for Styles to drop the move prior to him joining WWE due to a number of injuries to other talent and even when he joined WWE there were some who felt the move was too dangerous for their product. WWE did for a while play down the move when Vince McMahon found out it caused Yoshi Tatsu to suffer a broken neck in Japan. However, as Chris Jericho revealed during a recent interview with Baby Huey & Bimbo Jimbo of 107.7 The Bone he was the one who convinced Vince McMahon to let Styles use the move.
“When A.J. came in I believed he was going to be a huge star which of course he is. He had this finishing move called the Styles Clash which was kind of unofficially banned in the WWE because there was rumors that people had gotten hurt from it and all that sort of thing, but I knew it was a great move. I knew it was an easy move to take. I knew it was something that could give AJ an extra color to paint your pictures with. I basically…started using it (taking it) during matches just so Vince could see it. I figured if he saw it and didn’t want me to do it then he would know…and people were so mad at me because I was kicking out of the move like “Jericho’s burying A.J…” It’s like shut up you idiots I have a plan here…Eventually I went to Vince and said “Did you see that move that AJ Did?” Never using the words the Styles Clash because I knew…that name is taboo. Oh, the Styles Clash you can’t do it. So, I said you know that move where he picks me up and dumps me on my face?…He should use that as a finish!” Yes, absolutely use it as a finish.” So, I was able to kind of indirectly able to get the move unbanned by just doing it, and not asking for permission, and never using the name Styles Clash when I talked to Vince about it. Now it’s one of AJ’s biggest moves. I believed it could work. I wanted to stand up for it, but once again you have to be kind of sly about it sometimes. It was actually a pretty cool process and it makes for a great story in the book for sure.”