As noted, TNA originally attempted to sign AJ Styles to return to the company for their Impact Wrestling debut on Pop TV earlier this month. That obviously never happened as Styles never appeared on the show and is rumored to be WWE debut in the next week.
With Styles’ WWE debut rumored for one of the next few shows the promotion will be putting on in Florida, and fellow former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) talents Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and Shinsuke Nakamura set to debut with WWE in the near future as well, TNA revisited their negotiations with Styles, Gallows and Anderson in a new article published on their official website on Friday.
ImpactWrestling.com, the official website of TNA, posted the following claiming Styles, Gallows and Anderson had signed with the promotion, only to back out of the deal at the last minute.
NOTE: LiveAudioWrestling.com is reporting that they have spoken with Styles’ management, who claims he never officially signed anything with TNA.
AJ Styles has always been synonymous with TNA and TNA synonymous with AJ Styles. AJ helped build the foundation of IMPACT WRESTLING, and his phenomenal body of work lives in our rich history – something we are very proud of.
In the last few weeks, rumors have swirled about AJ Styles, his future and TNA Wrestling. Fans have asked for the status and wrestling media have made numerous inquiries.
For the past several months, AJ and TNA were involved in serious discussions to bring him back home to TNA. Creative discussions escalated and two additional wrestlers, Drew Hankinson and Chad Allegra, were enthusiastically added.
These discussions culminated on December 14th in Nashville, Tenn., where all attended a meeting at Dixie Carter’s home. A handshake and written deal between AJ, Drew, Chad and TNA was agreed upon and signed by all. Start dates were determined, creative decided, merchandise designed and plane tickets purchased.
Over the Christmas holiday, and after the lawyers finalized the long form agreement, all communication with TNA stopped.
AJ’s lawyer contacted TNA and stated the wrestlers had changed their mind and would not be honoring their commitment to TNA.
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