Since word going around is that Samoa Joe is willing to go through the NXT program in order to get to the WWE main roster, some attention has been turned back to AJ Styles. Many want to know if he would be willing to do the same thing, especially since his friend is doing so. As of right now, that appears to be very unlikely, as the amount of money he would have to sacrifice by leaving New Japan for the developmental program would be quite steep.
March 22, 2015
WWE is about to take on the Bullet Club, but it is not in the way that fans would hope for it to be. A pending legal issue is on the way, as the corporation has filed for trademark rights to the nWo hand gesture that AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson have made popular again. They state that they are doing it for merchandising reasons, but some believe they are just hurting the popular New Japan stable.
March 10, 2015
Even though he has long had a reputation of being one of the best workers in the industry over the last decade, AJ Styles received some heat from the internet wrestling community because he injured a couple of opponents with the Styles Clash. During a recent interview, Samoa Joe defended his long time friend by reminding people that he has taken the finishing move several times in the past and has never been injured once by it.
February 27, 2015
Despite the company showing more of a willingness to sign performers that have been in the industry for several years, there is still very little interest from WWE about signing AJ Styles and having him go through the NXT program. Some thought that the mentality backstage might change with the recent success of Kevin Owens, who has immediately captured the audience, but that has not been the case. Styles is said to be rather happy with New Japan.
February 26, 2015
One of the big reasons why people believe that Samoa Joe is going to be heading to New Japan for a stint is the fact that he already has a good amount of friends that are working overseas. The belief is that he would be a perfect candidate to join the red hot Bullet Club stable. His character already has quite the history with AJ Styles, and the move would give him an immediate connection with the audience a good story line to work with.
February 22, 2015
Some good news for Yoshi Tatsu. For the past ten plus weeks, he had been wearing a protective halo around his head due to injuries suffered during a match against AJ Styles in New Japan. Tatsu revealed to fans through social media that he has now been allowed to have that removed. The road to recovery is still a long one, however, as the former WWE star still has four holes in his skull. He will be inactive for much of this year.
February 16, 2015
Next month, ROH is running a pay per view to celebrate their 13 years of being a company. Management is going big by bringing in the Bullet Club, one of the hottest acts in New Japan and the entire industry. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson have all been signed for the show. All five heels won championship gold on the same night earlier this week and should be bringing the belts with them.
February 14, 2015
In a sign that he might not yet be ready to leave the country, AJ Styles was rewarded with another IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign by New Japan. At a recent event, he defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to recapture the belt. Tanahashi had defeated Styles last year to win the title. Styles and the Bullet Club are in line for a major push this year, as the promotion handed five championships to the heel stable in the very same night.
February 11, 2015
During the latest episode of his podcast interview, Vince Russo went off on a tangent about how TNA has been treating their veteran performers. His main source of discord is that management does not show loyalty towards their long tenured performers. He specifically listed AJ Styles, Bully Ray and Velvet Sky as three examples. Russo stated that the company might be saving money by letting them go, but they are losing on potential revenue.
February 6, 2015