AJ Styles has revealed that prior to WWE suspending it’s talent from using the Twitch platform, he had aspirations to set up a live podcast.
Vince said we couldn’t do it anymore, which is understandable.
We were taking his product and making money off of it when he’s paying us to do a job. I get it and understand it. There are certain things that played into it.
I am a gamer, but as far as Twitch, I had to let it go by the wayside.
I was hoping to branch out. I started off playing games on Mixer, which ended up being sold, and I went to Twitch. I was amazed at how huge the community was. It was great. By the time I got to Twitch, it was more or less me talking for two hours rather than playing games.
I was literally hoping to do a live podcast. That was the direction I was hoping to go.
Styles was part of a group of talent that went to Vince McMahon to discuss WWE banning Twitch accounts back in October 2020, alongside Xavier Woods and Sasha Banks.
The third party embargo for WWE talent (namely Twitch and Cameo) remained, and several wrestlers, including AJ Styles, Mia Yim, Cesaro, Aleister Black and Zelina Vega all suspended their channels.
In an interview with talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, AJ Styles shed more light on that meeting, claiming that the situation isn’t necessarily closed but doesn’t seem optimistic.
I did. Myself, Xavier Woods and Sasha Banks had a sit-down meeting in Connecticut with Vince about this whole situation, and it was determined that it’s intellectual property, this is [points at his face].
We do well as far as the WWE, and if there’s an opportunity to pay back that money that, you know, we work hard for, at different times, we probably should.
I was doing this long before the lockdown, before the Coronavirus I was streaming and doing my thing, so I was always doing it on my time off… I wasn’t happy about it, no one was, but it is what it is.
As annoyed as AJ clearly was about losing his passion for streaming, he went on to explain that it’s part of being in the WWE team, and he must follow the lead of the captain – Vince McMahon.
I’ll handle it the way that I have to. I’m a team player, he [Vince] is the captain, I’ll follow his lead as far as Vince is concerned.
Will it change, will something happen? They’re working it as we speak. Will I be happy with it? Probably not.
The opportunity to stream in the future is definitely wide-open. I obviously have the equipment, I just don’t have the opportunity to do that right now.
Styles is set to team with Omos at WrestleMania 37 to challenge The New Day’s Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods for the Raw Tag Team Titles.