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AJ Styles Retirement Ruse: Dutch Mantell Shares Insights

AJ Styles and The OC (Via WWE/Twitter)

Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell recently discussed AJ Styles’ retirement ruse that blindsided Cody Rhodes on a recent episode of the blue brand. The storyline revolved around speculations of Styles potentially retiring after a successful career in the wrestling business. Stars backstage, including LA Knight and Cody Rhodes, believed Styles was bidding farewell and congratulated him. However, AJ surprised everyone by attacking the Undisputed WWE Champion to end the show.

In a recent episode of Wrestling’s Smack Talk, Mantell praised the execution of the segment, highlighting Styles’ extensive experience of over two decades in wrestling. The segment’s believability added depth to the storyline, making it more engaging when Styles turned the tables and launched the attack. Mantell commended the narrative’s realism and its impact on the audience.

AJ Styles (Via WWE/Twitter)

Reflecting on the incident, Mantell expressed his approval, stating, “Very well done. Sold me and now AJ is back in it.” He emphasized the effectiveness of the segment, especially the moment when Styles hinted at retiring, creating a sense of authenticity given his long tenure in the industry. Mantell suggested that after being part of wrestling for over 20 years, Styles might genuinely consider stepping away, adding a layer of credibility to the storyline.

Following the surprise attack, AJ Styles reignited his rivalry with Cody Rhodes, setting the stage for a potential showdown at Clash at the Castle. Despite their previous encounter at Backlash, France, the feud seems far from over.

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