WWE Champion AJ Styles was a guest on Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast and spoke about a number of subjects. One of which was about Daniel Bryan's return being similar to that of Shawn Michaels:
"Selfishly, I was hoping he [Bryan] would have gotten cleared before. Did I expect him to be cleared? No, but the fact that he did is awesome. Reminded me of when Shawn Michaels came back. I remember just praying for him to not get hurt because you just never know, and then he goes out and becomes Shawn Michaels. I feel like I am in the best run of my career as well."
On lowering risks in WWE as compared to the indies:
"There was something that happened to me on the indies where it really made me change the way that I think. On the independent shows these guys were doing crazy dives, so I thought, 'well, gosh, what am I going to do?' I did a simple dive but made it look pretty and graceful and it got the same response if I would have done a crazy dive. I then thought, 'wait a minute, so you have to make stuff look effortless, and smooth and the way you do it rather than what you do'. You have to have a mix of both to see where they fit, and the only way that you would know is through experience. People think that I have gotten older that is why I am slowing down, but that's not the case. It just doesn't fit, that is why it's not there anymore. So many things are like that."
On feeling accomplished even without WWE:
"I would have been happy in my career even if I hadn't come to WWE. I have accomplished so much more than I thought I could. I have always had confidence in myself, but sometimes you need a little bit of help to get to the next level. So, the fact that I was able to accomplish as much as I did without WWE I believe is a big deal. It sure is a relief that I got here and am able to do well. If you can do well in WWE, you have accomplished something."