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WATCH: AJ Styles gives strong tease for the Royal Rumble

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As previously noted, there have been rumors going around about AJ Styles making a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble. We thought that those plans could have changed since the news got out online but, at the RPW event on Saturday, AJ Styles gave a very strong tease to the fans.

Styles said, "I'm not sure what the future holds for me. I tell you what...if I'm not recovering from some weird armbar submission and there's a spot in the Royal Rumble...I'll tell you what, I don't deserve a thing. I don't deserve you but I'll tell ya... you put me in that Royal Rumble and I'm gonna kick some ass for you guys. In all honesty, I don't have a job there so we'll see what happens."

Styles wrestled Rey Mysterio for the first time at the 5 Star Wrestling show in Sheffield, England on Friday night. He defeated Mysterio with the Styles clash after pulling the referee in front of him to stop Mysterio from doing a dive on him. Styles' last independent booking is Sunday night for 5 Star Wrestling in the United Kingdom. He did have some ROH shows booked for late January and February but I don't believe he will be on those shows so the timing for a Royal Rumble appearance seems to be perfect. It's perfect for WWE since they are in dire need of star power for the show.

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Check out the clip below from Saturday's show where he makes the Royal Rumble reference. He mentions the Royal Rumble at the 2:00 mark.

AJ Styles headed to the Royal Rumble?

So.... this happened today. #AJStyles #WWE #RoyalRumble

Posted by Wrestling News on Saturday, January 16, 2016

AJ noted that he doesn't have a job there and that is technically true since the last we heard was that he hasn't signed his WWE contract but that is just a formality. At the Wrestle Kingdom 10 event in Tokyo, Japan, he informed officials that he would be headed to WWE.