AJ Styles went on his gaming channel last night to share his thoughts on Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows being released from WWE.
Speaking on Mixer, Styles addressed the talent releases/employee furloughs in a somber tone.
“If you guys didn’t know, Gallows and Anderson, guys who are like my brothers were released yesterday, ” he said. “That one hurt really bad. 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.”
“That’s the way I feel about it, I’m the oldest and I’m supposed to take care of them. I didn’t manage to do that and I feel responsible in some weird way for them being released. It’s devastating. I don’t know any other way to explain it,” Styles added.
As we previously reported … WWE is reducing costs to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on the company by releasing talent and furloughing many employees. Additional talent released this week include Rusev, Zack Ryder, EC3, Kurt Angle, Heath Slater, Lio Rush and Eric Young.
Styles went on to give his thoughts on some of those releases as well, noting that he doesn’t know how they “missed the boat” on Young.
“With all the talk about 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,” Styles continued on his stream. “I’m glad to be able to still do my job. I still want to be able to do that. I don’t understand people who complain about it and then go on and bury the company for releasing people. You can’t have both. We gotta be able to work. If you don’t work, your business can’t make money.”
In case you missed it, Karl Anderson shared a video following his release which teases him going back to Japan. Members of the Bullet Club have been teasing his possible return as well.
Styles goes on to talk about being thankful he still has his job at the moment, but says the release of Gallows and Anderson made him feel alone. “Those guys are with me all the time. We’re with each other all the time, and I’ve never felt more alone than yesterday,” he explained. “I don’t know when the next time is I’m gonna see em.”
Watch Styles talk about all of this in the video below.