A.J. Styles has already been a champion many times over. Tag titles. X-Division titles. World titles. But don't think for the moment the guy they call Phenomenal will take his foot off the throttle." />

 

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Phenomenal A.J. still stylin' in TNA
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


At the age of 28, A.J. Styles has already been a champion many times over. Tag titles. X-Division titles. World titles. But don't think for the moment the guy they call Phenomenal will take his foot off the throttle.

Not when he steps into a TNA ring. And certainly not when he appears in Ottawa on Thursday at Battle in the Capital at the Capital Music Hall (the show, presented by Universal Wrestling Alliance, also features TNA star Bobby Roode and The Original Sinn and you've got to be 19 years or older to get in).

Styles will battle Samoa Joe -- a main event in any building.

"I know Samoa Joe," said Styles over the phone earlier this week. "I know something great is about to happen when we're in the ring together. Small show or big show, we only know one speed and that's 100 mph."

Styles and partner Christopher Daniels won the TNA tag titles from America's Most Wanted at last Sunday's TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view.

It was a big moment among many big moments for Styles.

"It was great," he said. "The crowd really popped. Christopher and I know each other well. We've had nearly 60 matches (against each other).

Styles says he hasn't changed with his success.

"I consider myself lucky to be in this business," he said. "Maybe some people would get overwhelmed by it, but I'm still humble.

"In the ring, I'm A.J. Styles ... and A.J. Styles is more cocky than Allen Jones (his real name)."

Styles, a born-again Christian, is a big believer in TNA.

"We're so much cleaner, it's wrestling that kids can watch," he said. "I believe that wrestling is wrestling. Let wrestlers wrestle.

"I don't understand why (WWE) does some things. Why would they release people like Gail Kim, a great women's wrestler? Why do they bring in beautiful women who can't wrestle worth a flip?"

Styles said veterans like Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Sting have made TNA even stronger.

"We need those recognized faces," he said.

"Sting could have gone anywhere. He really is an awesome guy. He doesn't think he's better than anyone."

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