AJ Styles has discussed the time he was legitimately choked out and put to sleep in the by an over-eager long-time rival.
Styles was discussing TNA turned WWE rival Samoa Joe during an appearance on Ryan Satin’s Out Of Character podcast. In an earlier episode of the podcast, Samoa Joe picked Styles as his favourite opponent to lock his patented Coquina Clutch on for a very surprising reason.
“I’ll say AJ [Styles] because AJ always has impeccably smelling conditioner in his hair. It’s always very pleasant for me. I get a little lavender, a little lilac with my pain and agony. It’s a rare thing, you don’t get that combination and you can’t buy that in the street. It’s a specialized and happy experience and I get to enjoy it every time I wrap my arms around AJ’s neck. He’s number one. You can’t beat that. Sometimes, the shea butter, I’m not a big fan when he puts that in his hair, it doesn’t have the same scent. When he goes lavender or when he goes to the body shop and gets the good stuff, trust me, it’s a great night for me. When I’m driving home at night, I don’t feel so bad about all the horrible things I did to the people I care about. It’s part of the whole ecosystem that I live in.”
AJ Styles responded to Joe’s comments, joking about his hair conditioner before revealing Samoa Joe had once genuinely put the two-time WWE Champion to sleep.
“I don’t, I don’t, man, I don’t [know what conditioner I use]. Did he ever tell you when he finally got the Coquina Clutch on me and totally choked me out? I was out. I went to sleep in a match. Thank God it was the finish because I was asleep.”
The two men have been competing in the ring for decades against one another. Both men were part of the only Dame Meltzer five-star rated match in TNA history when they joined Christopher Daniels in a three-way dance for the X Division Championship in 2005.