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AJ Styles on Coming Back From His Ankle Injury, Overcoming Mental Blocks

May 25, 2023 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– During an interview on this week’s My Love Letter to Wrestling, AJ Styles discussed coming back from his recent ankle injury. Below are some highlights (via Fightful):

AJ Styles on getting back into ring shape after his injury: “At least they didn’t throw me in two matches and then throw me in a world championship match as soon as I get back. Oh wait, they did. If you’ve ever been hurt, there is nothing like being in wrestling ring shape. The only way to do that is getting in a ring and wrestling. It doesn’t matter how much cardio you do outside of the ring, it doesn’t prepare you for in-ring. A little worried, but after being in the ring, I was like, ‘I’m okay, I’ll be alright.'”

On this being his toughest injury layoff: “This is the longest I’ve ever been out with an injury. I say this to people, after 24 years, I was due to have a pretty good injury. The last injury I had that kept me out was in TNA and I was out for six weeks, I tore my hip labrum. I was in a boot for a while, and I felt like I was trying to learn how to do things again. ‘Hold on a second, I’ve been doing this for 45 years, how did I not know how to walk right?’ It was really painful in some places. I went and got another MRI and once I realized it was this inflammation, the bones pretty much healed, the inflammation is pain, once I knew that in my head, ‘Okay, I’m not going to tear anything, I’m not going to re-break anything, I can get after it.’ Once that mental block was gone, it was easier for me to focus on what I needed to do and it seemed like it progressed a lot quicker.”

At this weekend’s WWE Night of Champions 2023 event, Styles will be competing against Seth Rollins in the finals of the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. The winner will be the new World Heavyweight Champion. The event is slated for Saturday, May 27 at the Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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