Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
AJ Styles’ WWE debut was planned for a few weeks, despite Styles saying he only learned of his WWE debut in the Royal Rumble match a few days prior.
Styles made the comments on a recent episode of Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast, discussing how the whole thing came together and how WWE worked to hide him to spoil the surprise.
WWE had planned for Styles’ debut as soon as he gave notice, although they changed plans a bit due to the news of his debut leaking and becoming a big story. On a similar note, Styles worked his first WWE live event this past week in San Jose and was said to receive a really big reaction, and almost everyone knew who he was, which would dispel the idea of no one knowing who he was.
As of last week, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin had not been pitched an idea for Wrestlemania 32.
It’s expected that WWE will have something ready for him and he’s expected on the show, but unless there was a plan formulated in the past few days, WWE doesn’t have anything concrete yet.
Austin previously said during his appearance on The Ross Report last month that he was “99 percent sure” he would be at Wrestlemania 32. He also said nothing had been discussed creatively at that point, but he saw himself making some appearance during Wrestlemania weekend.