When Will AJ Styles Retire from WWE?

Published 10/25/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 30: Wrestling superstar AJ Styles attends the 2018 Fan Expo Canada at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on August 30, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Che Rosales/Getty Images)


AJ Styles is a household name in professional wrestling. The current WWE superstar has spent a lot of time in the squared circle.

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Not only in WWE, but The Phenomenal One has also appeared in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Impact Wrestling. But one thing was for sure. Wherever he went, he was a crowd favorite.

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Styles had many exceptional moments in his career and surpassed the expectations of many. But he even surpassed his expectations when it came to his retirement.

AJ Styles got the better of his own retirement plan

The WWE superstar is currently one of the oldest wrestlers in the company. MVP, R-Truth, Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, and Robert Roode are some of the full-time WWE Superstars who are older than ‘The Phenomenal One’. But Styles is still competing at the top level. As fans, we would love to see him wrestle for many more years. But what did the WWE superstar say about his retirement plans.

In an interview with Ryan Satin of Fox Sports on the Out of Character podcast (h/t: Felix Upton of Ringside News), the former WWE United States Champion admitted he thought he would retire years ago at 44. He said, “I remember thinking, ‘I’ll be 40 years old when I retire. That’s when I’m gonna retire.’ So I was dead wrong, by the way.”

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The Phenomenal One claims to have signed his last contract with WWE

In 2019, in an interview with Newsweek, Styles claimed that the contract he signed with WWE in 2019 was his last one. Well, the duration of the contract is clearly not known, but WWE will do almost anything to keep a star like AJ Styles for another year or two when his current contract expires.


During the interview, Styles also claimed WWE to be the best place for him and his career. He said, “This is the perfect place for me to be. It’s family-oriented, I have no problem taking my family to the shows. It’s a PG product, which I enjoy. I’m in the best place I can be for my career.”

AJ Styles has been working with WWE since 2016. But The Phenomenal One has some significant achievements in his name during this short period. Let’s also look at some of the best moments of AJ Styles’ WWE career.

AJ Styles’ phenomenal career achievements in WWE

There is a reason that fans call AJ Styles ‘The Phenomenal One’. While AJ Styles has not been in the WWE for really long. But what he has achieved in this time span is absolutely praiseworthy. In fact, it is phenomenal.

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The Phenomenal One has won the WWE Championship twice, the United States Championship thrice, and the Intercontinental Championship once. AJ Styles has even won the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship once along with and his tag team partner, Omos.

Well, Styles also got the Match of the Year 2020 Slammy Award match for his Boneyard match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 36.

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Coming at almost the end of his career, it might not be long before we have to bid goodbye to this phenomenal superstar. But we hope that AJ Styles gets a few more shots at the WWE Universal Championship and the WWE Championship before he retires. His career has truly been the story of a champion.

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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.

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