“It’s second nature,” Styles said. “Everything I’ve been through. The rollercoaster ride that I’ve been on being with TNA and seeing people come in and people leave. Guys that I thought have the ability to do something and make a big difference here in TNA. It’s like a rollercoaster ride, and I’ve gotten so used to it. It’s become I’ll believe it when I see it.
“Kurt Angle, I may have heard little things about it, but became a matter of I’ll believe it when I see it. Wow, when he showed up on television it was a huge surprise. There are other things like that. I never thought we would get rid of the six-sided ring, but the first time I took a bump in the regular old four-sided ring I was much more happier.
“I didn’t realize how stiff the six-sided ring was compared to the square one. It’s just growing pains, ups and downs. It’s become, ‘Oh, we are going to go to Fox Sports’ and ‘Oh, we are going to be on Spike TV.’ …That sick feeling when you go down that first drop on the rollercoaster, I don’t get that anymore.”
When he isn’t on the road Styles is currently working on an autobiography of a small town boy who accomplished big things. Through the book, the “Phenomenal One” wants to see him as an everyday person.
“I’m a real guy,” Styles said. “Yes, I’m pro wrestler, but when I’m home I take my kids to school. I pick them up from a public school. I help coach my son’s football team. I’m a regular guy that does something on television. I love what I do, but at the end of the day I’m just a real person who has real issues and problems that I have to deal with. That doesn’t mean you can’t overcome them no matter what they are to do something and be something people respect.”
He is looking forward to seeing the project’s release, but is also excited for his TNA title match with the Bully. The winner of the Bound for Glory Series has high hopes for the confrontation.
“I think that’s going to be an incredible match,” Styles said. “Bully Ray is definitely one of the toughest guys in the wrestling business. Everybody wants to talk about how AJ Styles has changed, but Bully Ray has changed. In fact he has changed his name, but I think it’s going to be a very entertaining match and one you don’t want to miss. I can tell you this is the biggest pay-per-view of the year for us, and I’m not going to leave anything out…
“It’s going to be one of those kinds of matches that is going to be breathtaking, hard to watch I think sometimes, but at the end you say, ‘That’s what I paid for. That’s what I paid for to see.’ Then you won’t be hesitant about getting that next pay-per-view.”
Being in TNA for so long, Styles has seen many come in go. He recalls the Nashville company’s early days were rooted in the diversity of its roster.
“I think the one thing that made TNA different from the beginning was the fact that all these guys were from all over the world,” Styles said.
“Our style was so different, that it made us something special. We weren’t cookie-cutter. We grew up on the indies and made a name or ourselves on the indies. I think that is what made us different. There were so many styles of professional wrestling. That’s what made it interesting. I think we have to open the door for guys to come from the indies, not necessarily from WWE or wherever else. If they have the talent please come. If you still have the passion, I want you here. I want you to be excited about making this company bigger than what it is.