AJ Styles is taking WWE releasing his friends and stable mates Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows hard – even blaming himself.
The former WWE champion, who hasn’t been on “Monday Night Raw” since his Boneyard match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania 36, spoke about his fellow OC (Original Club) members being let go by the company during a Mixer live stream on Thursday.
“If you guys didn’t know, Gallows and Anderson, guys that are like my brothers were released yesterday,” Styles said on the stream. That one hurt really bad. The only way I know how to explain it is that these guys are my family and I couldn’t take care of my little brothers.
“That’s the way I feel about it, I’m the oldest and I’m supposed to take care of them. I didn’t manage to do that and I feel responsible in some weird way for them being released. It’s devastating. I don’t know any other way to explain it.”
Gallows and Anderson, who reportedly signed five-year contracts with WWE 2019, were part of massive day of cuts by billionaire Vince McMahon’s company on Wednesday due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They even a part of Styles’ Boneyard match at WrestleMania.