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Arn Anderson Reveals John Cena’s Reaction When He Pitched The Idea Of WWE Signing AJ Styles

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On this day in 1990, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA PRO’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA The Great American Bash 1990’ PPV.

The card can be found below:

Tommy Rich vs. JD Wolf

Michael PS Hayes vs. Rico frederico

Paul Orndorff vs. Dave Johnson

Rock N Roll Express vs. Doom

Buddy Landell vs. Brian Johnson

Steiners vs. Jim Blankernship & Ralph Hodges

• Arn Anderson Reveals John Cena’s Reaction When He Pitched The Idea Of WWE Signing AJ Styles

During a recent episode of the ARN podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Arn Anderson said that he wanted to get AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and James Storm in WWE to increase the star-power.

Below is the conversation between him and John Cena when he pitched the idea.

“I was pleasantly surprised. I pushed for AJ. There was a point in time when Cena had run out of opponents. I was on that whole ride with John for all those years, over a decade I should imagine. I was sitting there and I was talking to him, and it was when TNA was doing well.

I remember I was sitting there with Cena one afternoon. I was sitting backstage at a table. I said, ‘You know John, it would really beef up the company if we would go out and steal Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, and The Cowboy — James Storm. If we just brought those three guys in, it would give you a whole plethora of new opponents. It would give a lot of guys new opponents.’

That’s just those three guys, and I singled them out because of their work and their psychology. I knew I could have been a fit helping them, and they would catch right on and they would be a very, very, good fit.

John said, ‘Hey, we got NXT, we make our own stars.’ I am sure he was just transferring Vince’s psychology to me when he said that. I knew what those guys could do in a match for John if you gave them 6 to 9 months to come in and get over.”

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