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AJ Styles Opens Up on Rivalry with LA Knight Ahead of WrestleMania 40

– AJ Styles adopts a new, more ruthless attitude since his WWE return in December, focusing on harming his opponents rather than securing victories.
– The feud with LA Knight intensifies, with Styles expressing a personal vendetta fueled by an incident involving Knight that cost Styles a spot in the Elimination Chamber.
– Despite their rivalry, Styles acknowledges the struggles and perseverance of Knight, highlighting his respect for Knight’s journey in the professional wrestling realm.

When AJ Styles made his highly anticipated return to WWE last December, fans noticed a subtle but unmistakable shift not only in his appearance but in his demeanor. Speaking on the “Battleground Podcast,” Styles shed light on his evolving rivalry with fellow WWE superstar LA Knight, and shared insights into what fans can anticipate when the two clash at WrestleMania 40.

**Edgier Than Ever**
“Anybody who steps in my way is going to get hurt,” Styles declared, signaling a departure from his erstwhile heroic persona to a more villainous, ‘heel’ character. “I’m done doing the right thing, I’m gonna do my thing. That’s what I’m gonna do from here on out and if you get in my way, I’m going to have to hurt you.” Notably, Styles emphasized his indifference towards traditional victories, stating that his primary objective now is to inflict pain on his opponents, aiming to instill a fear of sharing the ring with him.

**Roots of Rivalry**
Styles briefly touched on the origins of his animosity towards Knight, recounting an incident where Knight’s interference cost him a chance at the Elimination Chamber match. “I would at least have been in the Elimination Chamber had he not came down to commentate for some reason and then poured water on me,” Styles explained. Despite his frustration, Styles embarked on a 22-hour journey just to confront Knight, a testament to his dedication and the depths of their enmity.

**Respect Amid Rivalry**
However, the interview wasn’t without its moments of reflection. Styles acknowledged Knight’s arduous path to success in the wrestling industry, expressing a degree of empathy and respect for his adversary. “You gotta respect what he’s been through to get where he’s at. I’ve been there, done that. I know exactly how it feels for someone to believe in you and all you need is a chance,” he admitted. Styles praised Knight for capitalizing on his opportunities, recognizing the hard-won achievements despite their ongoing feud.

As WrestleMania 40 approaches, fans are eagerly anticipating the showdown between AJ Styles and LA Knight, a match that not only promises high-octane action but also deeper narrative layers rooted in respect, determination, and personal vendetta.

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