WWE Superstar AJ Styles is an accomplished professional athlete who entertains millions of fans as the star of WWE's Smackdown Live weekly television program, but it was on the scholarly battlefield of astronomy where Styles found himself grappling with Smackdown Live general manager Daniel Bryan on an episode of the Talking Smack after-show back in February.
"I do not think the world is flat," said Styles after Bryan, who co-hosts the show, accused him of subscribing to the popular conspiracy theory that the Earth is actually flat. "I'm just saying there's some stuff about it, that's all."
"The Earth is a sphere," Bryan later explained to Styles, who responded, "Okay."
"It moves on an axis," added Talking Smack co-host Renee Young.
"Okay," Styles responded again. "I'm not a flat-Earther. I'm just saying, there's some things about it that make sense."
While promoting an upcoming Wrestlemania match against Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon, Styles appeared on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, where he addressed the controversy (via 411 Wrestling), once again denying that he is a flat-Earther, but saying, "Here's the thing, you don't have to believe anything that's told to you. Like you can always question anything. And although I'm not a flat-Earther, there are some things that, like, make sense."
"But then again, satellites, the curvature of the Earth if you're a sniper, you've got to take all that into account," said Styles, demonstrating that he does recognize evidence that the Earth is, in fact, round. "I'm not a flat-Earther, but they bring up some interesting points. It's interesting and I think you should be able to question anything you want. And you don't have to agree with everybody."
Styles went on to say that, though he is not a flat-Earther, he does love conspiracy theories. "I watch all the stuff about aliens. I'm a sci-fi guy. I just enjoy that stuff and conspiracy theories. That intrigues me, so there are just a number of things."
"I find a lot things interesting when it comes to science fiction or fact," said Styles, wondering who can really tell the difference between the popular genre of fiction and scientific facts. "I don't know. Who can say?"
"The only person that ever told me or told the world that other planets exist is NASA," said Styles, suggesting that it's possible that the idea that there other planets in the universe is a big sham. Styles said that NASA has potential motivation to perpetrate such a hoax, such as "They're making a lot of money," "A lot of money," and "They have a lot of money coming in."
"NASA is not an American thing," Styles explained. "It's a world thing. A lot of people don't know that, so when you start asking questions, there are not a lot of answers sometimes."