In less than three weeks, WWE Champion AJ Styles will head into the Royal Rumble PPV – on January 28th in Philadelphia – to defend his title in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
In anticipation of the event, Boom! Studios has released its WWE Royal Rumble Special 2018, featuring a story co-written by Styles, with Headlocked Comics’ Michael Kingston, spotlighting The Phenomenal One’s surprise WWE debut, two years back, at the Royal Rumble.
I spoke to Styles about writing his first-ever comic book story and, more specifically, his thoughts on Finn Balor’s official “Balor Club” reunion with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows on RAW. A big part of Styles’ story in the Royal Rumble Special involves him contacting Anderson and Gallows for his famous targeted run at John Cena. “It is what it is, I guess, as far as the way things are supposed to happen,” Styles shared. “Even though I had my own reunion with them shortly after I arrived, and its in the story, I’m not even with those guys right now. They’re on RAW and I’m on SmackDown and I’m kind of doing my own thing by myself. But those three guys being together is something special because, truth be told, those were the three guys who were originally together.”