AJ Styles Shares Thoughts on Releases of The O.C., Plus His Own Future

As it would be easy to guess, AJ Styles isn’t happy about the fact his two good buddies, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were released by WWE on Wednesday. During a live Twitch stream, he spoke publicly about those releases to fans and actually partially blamed himself for their being fired.

“If you guys didn’t know, Gallows and Anderson, guys that are like my brothers were released yesterday. That one hurt really bad,” Styles said. He added, “The only way I know how to explain it is that these guys are my family and I couldn’t take care of my little brothers.””

He took responsibility for their being released and said that in some weird way, he felt it was his job as the oldest of the three to protect them and he wasn’t able to do that. Whether or not that means he talked to Vince or not is unclear.

Some have wondered what the release of his friends might mean for The Phenomenal One as he and the Good Brothers were attached at the hip for most of their run in the company. Would he retire or leave?

He didn’t talk about how this might affect his decision when his contract is up but he did say that it’s not WWE’s fault that so many people were let go this week. Styles explained, “With the talk of WWE being essential television – I don’t know whether it is or it isn’t but I know that I’m glad to be able to entertain. I’m glad I’m still able to do my job, I still want to be able to do that.”

Styles also didn’t quite get the barrage of hatred headed in WWE’s direction. He added:

“I don’t understand people who complain about it and then go and bury the company for releasing people. You can’t have both. We’ve got to be able to work and if you don’t work, your business can’t make money so you got to be able to do that.”

Styles Won’t Be Leaving

Obviously, as Styles says he wants to get back to work, he needs to be cautious about staying safe and protecting himself in uncertain times. But, he does want to work again and who his next feud will be hasn’t been revealed.

It’s likely he might get a little time off after his match with The Undertaker and then fans should see him on Raw doing phenomenal things in an empty arena.

Related: It Appears We Know Where Karl Anderson is Going Next

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