The rumors of WWE signing AJ Styles, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson of The Bullet Club and Shinsuke Nakamura have been all over the Internet this week. Can you provide any insight as to whether or not theyâ€™re true?
I think I was more excited than anyone to read the news about whatâ€™s been going on. I have had the guys at Bullet Club, especially Karl Anderson, whoâ€™s my best friend outside the ring, give me a couple nuggets of information that leads me to be very confident about the future at NXT and WWE. For me, I think having some friends around would definitely be better for me. But whether I can say for 100% certainty that itâ€™s going to happen â€¦
What does this mean for WWE to be potentially receiving this influx of talent?
A year and a half ago, myself, Kevin Owens and Hideo Itami all came in together. And there was kind of a buzz that helped create a special time in NXT. I think, potentially, what is going to happen over the next couple of months if these four names come in is going to be even bigger. I think the growth of NXT in the last year and a half and the growth Bullet Club has made in the last year and a half since I left means this would be a huge coup for WWE. Nakamura, being one of the most charismatic wrestlers on the planet, is an absolute game-changer unlike anyone that is out there right now. Gallows & Machine Gun [Anderson] are one of the worldâ€™s most established tag teams. Machine Gun, in my opinion, is the most underrated wrestler on the planet. For years. The fact that heâ€™s getting so much media attention right now makes me happy, but Iâ€™m slightly disappointed itâ€™s only happening now and didnâ€™t happen 10 years ago when I first met him. AJ Stylesâ€™ reputation speaks for itself. Heâ€™s one of the best in-ring performers on the planet, ever. To say this would be a coup is an understatement. I think the next couple of months could change the way pro wrestling is viewed for the next 10 years.
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