AJ Styles has commented on his appearance at IMPACT Wrestling’s Slammiversary show in a heartfelt response to a company executive.
The Phenomenal One made his name in what was then known as TNA, becoming the company’s first X Division Champion back in 2002. From there AJ Styles became one of the cornerstones of TNA, holding the X Division Title another five times as well as becoming a 5 time TNA/NWA World Champion.
Styles’ time in the company came to a somewhat acrimonious end in December 2014 and from there he had a successful stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling before joining WWE in 2016, debuting in that year’s Royal Rumble match.
IMPACT Wrestling – the name TNA now operates under – recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with their Slammiversary show.
At that event, videos were shown from some of the promotion’s former top stars sharing memories and thoughts of their time in the company. Along with Sting and Kurt Angle, AJ Styles also provided one of these videos.
IMPACT executive Scott D’Amore took to social media after the fact to thank Styles for his contribution with the former WWE Champion responding:
“Thanks Scott, it was an honor. You’ve always been good to me. It was a pleasure being able to show you and impact my gratitude.”
Thanks Scott, it was an honor. You’ve always been good to me. It was a pleasure being able to show you and impact my gratitude. https://t.co/hlHjcDX67U
— AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg) June 21, 2022
At Slammiversary Josh Alexander retained his IMPACT World Championship against TNA original Eric Young, while former company stars Nick Aldis and Davey Richards returned to help the IMPACT Originals team defeat Honor No More.