WWE superstar AJ Styles recently spoke about the Joseph Parks character on an episode of his Twitch stream, where the Phenomenal One shoots down rumors that the former Abyss was used to take a shot at AEW. That and more can be found below.
Says the rumors of Parks being a shot at AEW are dumb:
So there were statistics that Joseph Parks did and analytics, and it was said somewhere that 'WWE's AJ Styles taking a shot at AEW because they keep up with [rankings]. Like, what? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, like, why? I feel like maybe the information they were getting from whoever it was, from dirt sheets and whatnot, are just not there anymore so they're really just making stuff up... It was not a shot. It was a story, and it had nothing to do with Tony Khan.
How SmackDown is moving back to TV-14:
There was a time where obviously the attitude era was definitely a lot raunchier, and I know it did better ratings-wise. But that's tough, that's tough for me that has 4 kids, you know, and them watching us do certain stuff," AJ said. "And you can get away with a lot more back then that you'll never, ever get away with again. This world has changed completely since then. There's a lot more sensitive people out there, so the fact is that you're going to get away with hardly anything. Hey, it sounds like SmackDown is moved to TV-14, so I don't know what that consists of, but I guess we're trying to get a little edgier," he added. "But still though, it's tough because you wish you could say certain things that you didn't think would bother people, but it seems like everything bothers someone to a certain degree. So, you have to watch and be clear with everything you say.
On Dakota Kai:
She's awesome; I think she's going to be a bigger superstar than she already is. The sky is the limit. There's a lot of those girls, man, they're just - it's not like it used to be.
(H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)