IGN.com interviewed AJ Styles to promote his appearance on the MTV reality show “MADE”. In this interview, he commented about the recent heat about Michelle McCool apparently stealing his “Styles Clash” finisher. Styles said that he wasn’t made at McCool and was actually cool about it. Styles mentioned John Morrison had used his “Spinal tap” move and said that he was a great athlete:
IGN: Or that body-building thing he had going with Luger. I remember that one. Listen, I have to ask. WWE Diva Michelle McCool has come under some fire on twitter for using your finisher, “The Styles Clash,” as her finisher. How do you feel about that? What’s the etiquette in the industry? Do people ask to use other people’s moves, or is that something that just happens when you’re a competitor?
Styles: Gail Kim’s one of my really good friends, and I asked her about that and we talked about it and she (McCool) does do my move, but I’m flattered that she would think to use that move. It doesn’t bother me at all. I guess it might be different if a guy was doing it and calling it something else. At one point Crash Holly was doing the “Crash Landing” which was The Styles Clash, but little did I know that they were just big fans of the move. Crash was a good guy. We got a long great. We actually did an independent show and we both were going for the Styles Clash and we got into an argument. It was really funny. The fact of the matter is this. People know it. That’s the Styles Clash. That’s my move. I came up with it on my own. It’s okay. I understand, you gotta come up with something and there’s not a lot of moves in the world. It’s hard to be different. But it’s cool with me. Now it would be different if it was a guy in my own company. But there is that one dude. What’s his name? I’m like, good grief, this guy does everyone else’s move and hasn’t come up with one. He’s a heck of an athlete. Morrison. Yeah, I’ve seen him do a lot of Low Ki’s moves. He does my Spiral Tap. I was like, “Man, this guy watches a lot of tape.” But he does them well, so I can’t say anything bad about him. He does them well. He’s heck of an athlete.
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