AJ Styles Says He Moved to SmackDown Because He Couldn’t Stand to Look at Paul Heyman

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AJ Styles discussed some of his issues with Paul Heyman while streaming on Twitch and went into more detail about believing he’s to blame for Gallows and Anderson’s WWE release.

Styles took part in his first Twitch stream Tuesday night and the topic of Gallows and Anderson’s interview over the weekend was brought up. Specifically the parts about Paul Heyman.

The WWE Intercontinental Champion says he first learned that Gallows and Anderson had been released while filming the Money in the Bank match at WWE Headquarters. Paul Heyman pulled him into his office after and allegedly claimed he had nothing to do with it. He also allegedly told AJ that he would’ve fought for Karl and Luke had he known they were going to be released and claimed he wasn’t even told beforehand for that very reason.

AJ confirms he told a friend behind the scenes in WWE what Paul had said after and that person told him Gallows and Anderson were not on the list of people to be fired, but Heyman pushed for them to be let go for a multitude of reasons. This included being paid too much.

“Paul advocated for Gallows and Anderson to get released. It’s that simple. Their name wasn’t even on the list until Paul brought it up,” Styles added. “I think the reason why he did what he did – well, there’s a couple of reasons, he’s just a liar and that’s what they do – but it was because he knew that he had nothing that he wanted to do with them. He didn’t wanna get them to the next level. He didn’t want to do anything for them. He didn’t want to help them become bigger stars. He didn’t want to do any of that. So, the best way to do that after everything he had said to them was to get them out of there. That’s the real story.”

AJ also says the reason he moved to SmackDown was because he couldn’t stand to look at Heyman.

“I talked to a lot of guys about this situation, and you wouldn’t believe how many people that I work with despised this guy because of his lies. And he’d find ways to try and throw them under the bus when he screwed up, he would try to throw them under the bus so they would get in trouble. I heard this from several, several different people,” he added.

“It was almost kinda hard to find someone who liked him. And I didn’t know this. I just assumed everybody liked him and I was the only one. Vince [McMahon] is a very smart man and he can see through a lot of crap. I think he finally saw what everybody already knew and said, ‘You know what, man? You’ve done some great things in the past, but you’re just not well-liked here. Maybe hit the bricks and we’ll let you be the advocate for Brock Lesnar. You do it well, we can’t deny that.’ Right? He’s good at that. But I think that’s as far as it needs to go.”

Styles additionally spoke about being criticized for placing the blame on Heyman instead of Vince McMahon. “I know who makes the calls. I know what goes on. I know it was Vince. But it’s the man that lied to me, and us, about everything and he was the one that helped put them on the list. He was the one that put them on the list. They weren’t even on the list. Paul Heyman. So that’s what I’m talking about. I know what’s going on Alvarez. Stop being a douche.”

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