Chris Jericho recently spoke with Inside the Ropes, which you can watch in full in the video player above.
During the interview, Jericho discussed his WWE feud with AJ Styles, and noted how Styles’ finishing move The Styles Clash had actually been banned by WWE. On the subject of working with Styles to help elevate him in WWE, and wanting to bring the Styles Clash back for their matches, Jericho had the following to say:
“When AJ first came into the WWE Vince did not know him from a hole in the ground. And obviously, I knew AJ Styles, I had never touched him, had never been in the ring with him. Ever.
But I obviously knew his reputation, knew what we could do, and we really starting gelling. The first match was okay, second match was okay, and we started really coming together. The tag team match we had, where I turned on him against The New Day was five stars. The WrestleMania match we had was great, and the one we had the next night, the four-way with me vs Owens vs AJ vs Cesaro for the #1 contender, was a tremendous match.
And that’s the one when I basically got the Styles Clash unbanned because it was banned. And I was like, I knew that Vince had heard that somebody got hurt by the move, but I also knew that he probably didn’t even know what the move was, he just knew the name, the Styles Clash. So I pitched it to him as that cool move that AJ does where he drops you on your face, we did it at WrestleMania, we did it a couple times.
The first time I kicked out of it, just so Vince could see it, and people were so mad at me. I’m helping get this move acclimated and unbanned, and it was, the next month he’s using it on the floor against Roman Reigns.”
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