It was earlier reported that AJ Styles was under contract with New Japan until the end of the year, which sparked the rumors that he was signing with WWE to join the NXT roster. However, new reports have now surfaced that the former world heavyweight champion is no longer under contract with NJPW. He is simply working on a per date deal with the promotion and can leave when he wants.
November 20, 2015
For years, WWE was never willing to spend the money to bring in the ultra talented AJ Styles. Things have changed a bit now that they have found success by signing independent wrestlers. Styles mentioned during a recent interview that he would certainly be open to the idea of joining World Wrestling Entertainment if they were to put together a deal that really hard to resist.
August 26, 2015
CHIKARA is doing another King of Trios event, and they have managed to pull off a bit of a coup by signing three of the most popular free agents on the independent wrestling circuit. AJ Styles, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson will be competing in the tournament and representing the Bullet Club, their massively popular stable from New Japan. No word yet on who they will be facing first that night, but there is a very good chance they win it all.
March 3, 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
Some hype has been generated lately, based on comments that AJ Styles made when asked if he would be interested in signing a contract with WWE. He stated that he has very few reasons for joining the company, as the schedule and the money are not favorable to the style of life that he wants to live. The former world heavyweight champion also praised New Japan, by stating that they are the hottest wrestling company in the world.
December 22, 2014