AJ Styles has lavished praise on a Monday Night RAW rival he’s pegged as a star of the future.
Over the course of his two decade long career, Styles has seen hundreds of wrestlers come and go with varying levels of success. After scaling the WWE mountain, The Phenomenal One now stands as tag team partner and mentor to the behemoth known as Omos.
The giant initially served as Styles’ bodyguard upon debuting, before later teaming with the former World Champion. The pair went on to the win the RAW Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 37, in what was Omos’ in-ring debut.
Looking ahead to the future, Styles named Omos as one to watch along with a fellow RAW Superstar.
Appearing on WWE After The Bell with Corey Graves, Styles selected Riddle as a Superstar who could go right to the top. Before adding that WWE have numerous young stars who have the ability to do “great things.”
“Of course, Omos,” Styles said. “I think he’s going to be amazing, we’ve got so many younger talents that are able to do great things. Riddle, he has it, he gets it, he’s very entertaining. There was a time where my son was with us on the bus and Matt came in and was just talking to us. Matt leaves and my son goes ‘Oh my god, he really talks like that?’ That’s really him dude, he’s not changing who he is, that’s just who he is which makes it a lot easier for him to be great at what he does because all he has to do is be himself.”
Elsewhere during the conversation, Styles also praised his long-time rival Samoa Joe. Styles described the former NXT Champion, who recently returned to the black and gold brand, as “one of the best wrestlers he’s ever seen.”
Styles also cast his mind back to his shock WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble. Reflecting on that period, Phenomenal One recalled Vince McMahon telling him he needed to be a “pit bull.”
“My first match that I was in, not necessarily the Rumble but was in, Vince said ‘I’ve got a lot of guys that can do what you do,’ he said he needed a pitbull,” Styles said. “That’s what I’ve always been, okay, I know this guy. He allowed me to be AJ Styles, I didn’t have to change anything about myself, how I worked. He basically just gave me permission to be the guy that I’ve always been.”
On the most recent episode of RAW, Styles lost a Money In The Bank Qualifying match to Ricochet. However, all is not lost just yet. Along with Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton, Styles will have one more chance to win his way into the match on the upcoming episode of the red brand.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.