During a recent interview, AJ Styles was asked about his feelings towards the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. He stated that New Japan does not like to call it a world title, but Styles states that he does take it across the globe with him and defends it everywhere. He also noted how prestigious the belt is by saying that all you have to do is go down the list of previous champions. You would find several legendary names on there.
May 13, 2015
In case you were wondering about the whereabouts of AJ Styles, the former TNA star is still doing rather well in Tokyo. New Japan is doing a show called Invasion Attack, and Styles will be defending the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in the main event against Kota Ibushi. Many are expecting Styles to retain the belt because the front office generally does not like hot potato with their most prestigious belt.
April 2, 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
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
During a recent interview, a very candid AJ Styles revealed that he had been contacted several times by TNA about making a return to the promotion. While the former world heavyweight champion did not completely shut the door on the possibility down the line, he stated that he was not going to be making a return anytime soon because he has found a home in New Japan. The belief is that Styles is using this as leverage in future negotiations.
December 17, 2014