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AJ Styles says he wanted to work in NXT to prepare younger wrestlers to not fail on the main roster



During his appearance on this week's "Out of Character" with Ryan Satin, AJ Styles discussed how he feels about being a babyface once again, as well as what it was like to work with NXT talent.

AJ was asked if he’s enjoying being a babyface again:

“Absolutely. I thought it’s time for a change," Styles said.

"In my heart, as Allen Jones, I love kids. I love to make them smile, so being able to do that as AJ Styles is a blessing.”

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AJ said it was his idea to go to NXT and help out the new talent:

“I felt it would be a good idea for guys like myself to go down to NXT and really say, 'Hey, this is what we do on Raw and SmackDown. So when you come up, there's no surprises, This is what we expect. These are the rules. By the way, they're a little bit different from NXT, but this is what they are up here,'" Styles shared.

"I mean, we're talking about guys who have dreamt about doing something, and when you say, 'No, we don't want you’, you're crushing their dreams and their confidence. I don't want that to happen. I know how bad that hurts."

He continued, "I was with WCW for a couple months and then got my dreams crushed. It was the best thing that ever happened to me because I wasn't ready to be in WWE at the time. I don't want to see that happen to anyone. If they're not ready, then they will keep them down there. It's up to them whether or not they progress. But again, I just don't want to assume they will come up to the main roster, and then be sent home.”

Other topics discussed during the episode include working with Omos, potential WrestleMania 38 match-ups, and his love for retro video games.

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