In case you missed it, “The Face That Runs The Place” AJ Styles joined Chad Dukes Versus The World in preparation for his match with John Cena this past Sunday at the Royal Rumble.
While he didn’t leave the Rumble victorious, the Phenomenal One has had an excellent first calendar year in WWE. In the interview, Styles discussed what he’s learned during this year, his thoughts on John Cena, being the current face of SmackDown Live, NXT, and more. Most notably, in light of the questions surrounding the WWE Championship match for WrestleMania following the Royal Rumble, Styles discussed his dream opponent on the WWE roster.
Dukes: “You’ve been tied up with a couple of guys for a while. Who else on the roster are you eyeballing? Who’s somebody that you would like to work with?”
Styles: “Well, I think there’s that one person that everybody would like to see me work with, and that’s Randy Orton. Randy and I have yet to even touch in the ring, I don’t think I’ve hit him with anything, or he’s hit me. None of that’s ever happened. I think that’s gonna be something special when it does.”
As discussed earlier this week, this insight poses an interesting third option into the current “John Cena or Bray Wyatt” discussion in regards to who Orton will face at WrestleMania.
Listen to the full interview below and hit the jump for more quotes from the interview.
Thank you to AJ Styles for his time. You can follow him on Twitter @AJStylesOrg and catch him every Tuesday Night on SmackDown Live!
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Final Battle Results – Ring of Honor
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NXT Takeover Results – WWE
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Roddy Versus The World – YouTube
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