One of the most memorable moments in recent WWE history came in January 2016 when AJ Styles made his shock WWE debut in the men’s Royal Rumble match.
During an interview with Bleacher Report, Styles opened up about how he only told about the plans for his debut at the very last minute:
“I knew that I was WWE-bound when I had that last match in Japan,” Styles said. “I knew I was on my way. Did I know that I was in the Rumble? Nope. It seemed like until the very last minute that I was even going to be in the Royal Rumble.
“I was told zero things,” he said. “Nobody kept me in the loop, so I was waiting around thinking, ‘I hope I can get into the Royal Rumble. That’d be cool, but I’d understand if I’m not.'”
Styles noted that because he was unsure about whether or not he’d be involved in the Royal Rumble match, he didn’t tell anyone that he was scheduled to be at the Amway Centre for the pay-per-view:
“I didn’t really tell anybody because it was one of things where I didn’t really know,” he said. “Was I actually going to be in the Rumble, or was I going to be doing something in the Rumble? I didn’t know, so yeah, I didn’t tell a soul, as crazy as that sounds.”