AUSTIN ARIES DISCUSSES AJ STYLES SITUATION

"Well, my opinions don't really matter because the storyline, for me, is just to entertain the fans and keep them engaged in what's going on with the company. I will say that any time that you have the opportunity to take the top prize in the company and take it internationally, and maybe compete and defend it in some territories and in front of some sets of fans that don't normally get to have that honor, I think that's a great thing for the company. That helps get the brand out there and helps put the product out there. A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he's going to go out there and put on a performance that's befitting of a man who is the World Champion. So, from that standpoint alone, I don't see how there could be anything negative coming from AJ taking that belt all over the world and defend it against anybody that wants an opportunity. I know that's the same mindset I've had in my past when I've been world champion. Bring 'em all on, near and far, we don't like to sit here and pretend that the only wrestling is the wrestling that happens in our universe. There's professional wrestling going on all over the world and we want to acknowledge it and put our best against their best at any time."

December 15, 2013
The feeling backstage is that Christopher Daniels will be leaving TNA once his deal expires this summer. He is one of the better paid performers on the roster, and management is still intent on cutting cost. There is a chance that he could take a pay cut, as he does like working for the company, but he could join AJ Styles as a free agent instead.
February 8, 2014

"Well I mean, and I can understand why people want to believe that it is a work. Because they don't want to; first of all I'm sure they don't want to believe that I'm actually not working for TNA. Second, I told them that I didn't have a contract in the first place. Cause I didn't. I had an extension. So I understand why they might believe it's a work, and why it's hard to believe but it's even hard for me to believe. That after working with a company for 11 years, and busting your tail and doing what you thought was right and doing it to the best of your ability that it would even come down to a negotiation where it would take a long time or anything like that. I just figured that we'd find a way. And the timing, you know it just had me where I had to make a decision. I had to do something and I just figured that this is an opportunity and I need to take it."

January 5, 2014

The belief is that AJ Styles has a good amount of money saved up over the years. He has never been known to be a big spender or party guy. Even without a TNA contract, he should be fine just working a few times a month on the independent wrestling circuit.

December 18, 2013

"Well, my opinions don't really matter because the storyline, for me, is just to entertain the fans and keep them engaged in what's going on with the company. I will say that any time that you have the opportunity to take the top prize in the company and take it internationally, and maybe compete and defend it in some territories and in front of some sets of fans that don't normally get to have that honor, I think that's a great thing for the company. That helps get the brand out there and helps put the product out there. A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he's going to go out there and put on a performance that's befitting of a man who is the World Champion. So, from that standpoint alone, I don't see how there could be anything negative coming from AJ taking that belt all over the world and defend it against anybody that wants an opportunity. I know that's the same mindset I've had in my past when I've been world champion. Bring 'em all on, near and far, we don't like to sit here and pretend that the only wrestling is the wrestling that happens in our universe. There's professional wrestling going on all over the world and we want to acknowledge it and put our best against their best at any time."

December 15, 2013
A lot of fans were under the impression that Randy Orton was going to make an appearance at Survivor Series 2014, especially since he was backstage and the event was taking place in his hometown. Management actually had that planned, but they canceled the idea because they wanted the focus to be on Sting. Orton will still continue his feud against Seth Rollins, but the creative department will have to come up with a different way to reignite that program.
November 24, 2014
Roman Reigns made some headlines recently when it was revealed that he was working with an acting coach to improve his mic skills. That gave WWE fans hope that a new main event performer will arise. However, management apparently is not pleased with the amount of progress that Reigns has made. In fact, they even had him taped a promo last night, even though he was backstage at Survivor Series 2014.
November 24, 2014
Since rumors have been running rampant over the last couple of days about her possible departure from WWE, a lot of wrestling fans are under the belief that AJ Lee was punished by management at Survivor Series 2014 and forced to drop the title very quickly to Nikki Bella. Sources are saying that is not the case. It was an idea that the creative department came up and was not influenced by backstage heat.
November 24, 2014
For a good period of time there, the belief was that Randy Orton would be the mystery partner for the baby faces in the main event of Survivor Series 2014. There is a chance that might still happen. The former world heavyweight champion is backstage with WWE right now. Management could pull the trigger on a last minute change and have Orton, who was off filming a movie, replace one of the current team members.
November 23, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Roman Reigns is backstage at Survivor Series 2014. Some believe that he could be making an appearance during the pay per view. No word yet on what role that will be, but he could play a part in the main event elimination tag team match. Reigns could be utilized to attack Seth Rollins, which would reignite the feud between the two of them that was started before Reigns was sidelined by an injury.
November 23, 2014
Since public relations can cripple a company, WWE decided that it would pay to prevent things from getting worse with the Hispanic audience. As part of the settlement between the two sides, management agreed to pay Alberto Del Rio an undisclosed sum of money. In return, the former world heavyweight champion has promised to no longer saying negative things and implying that racism exists backstage.
November 13, 2014
After witnessing an interesting exchange on Twitter, it looks like there might be some lingering backstage heat between Tommy Dreamer and Paul Heyman about the final days of ECW. Dreamer posted an image of Joey Styles and playfully joked about the ECW banner in the background. That set off Heyman, who brought up how he paid his debt and has never avoided answering questions about the demise of the promotions. Styles attempted to soothe the situation over, but Heyman kept going.
November 12, 2014
After months of silence between the two sides, Rey Mysterio and WWE got together recently backstage to discuss the contract situation that has been lingering for a bit. Reports are surfacing that Mysterio essentially told management that he was no longer interested whatsoever in working with the company and wishes to move on to other things. WWE is still hoping that the former world heavyweight champion will change his mind, as they really need the drawing power in Mexico.
November 11, 2014
It looks the business relationship between Alberto Del Rio and WWE has finally come to a close, as both sides released statements today informing their fans of that. The belief is that a settlement agreement has been made backstage. Del Rio will more than likely never pursue legal action against the company for firing him, while WWE is allowing him to work for any promotion in the world that he wants to.
November 10, 2014
Since his departure from WWE was so abrupt and controversial, many are under the impression that Alberto Del Rio has backstage heat towards Vince McMahon. The former world heavyweight champion actually revealed that he holds no grudges against McMahon. Del Rio stated that his former boss was always professional and courteous towards him. His issues with the company are with others in the front office.
November 10, 2014
By now, several of you have heard about the new Lucha Underground promotion that was launched in America recently by AAA. Chavo Guerrero reportedly was given a major role backstage, and more details are now surfacing. The former WWE star is actually the one running the show behind the scenes. He is also the liaison for the promotion and the production company that is in charge of things.
November 7, 2014
For years now, there have been allegations of racism in WWE. Quite a bit more gasoline has been thrown into that fire over the last couple of weeks. Alberto Del Rio, who was fired due to an incident with another employee backstage, is growing more vocal about his claims that the company allows racial comments to be made. Though he is not blaming racism for his failure in the company, Sin Cara has also spoken out and stated that it does create a hostile working environment for minorities in the WWE.
November 6, 2014
As many of you are already aware, Rey Mysterio was backstage last night at Monday Night Raw. He reportedly met with Vince McMahon about his future in WWE and his contract situation. No word yet on how that went, but the masked performer took a flight from Buffalo to San Diego this morning, meaning that he will not be working the Smackdown taping today in New York. He is also unlikely to head to England with the crew tomorrow as well.
November 4, 2014
In yet another example of how hard the guy works, John Cena is backstage at the Smackdown taping today. That is noteworthy because he is scheduled to work a live event in London tomorrow. WWE generally calls upon Cena whenever they need to give Smackdown a boost. However, it is strange that they would call on him this week since he is very much needed on that tour of Europe.
November 4, 2014
A resolution could be near for the backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is going to be backstage at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo tonight. No word yet on why he is there, but there are plenty of speculations. A few feel that he is going to make a return to television, while many believe that he is just there to discuss his contract with officials.
November 3, 2014
AJ Styles could be coming home soon. Sort of. American fans of the former world heavyweight champion might get to enjoy his work on television in a couple of weeks. New Japan has just signed a television contract with AVS TV, which is owned by Dallas Mavericks owner and noted wrestling fan Mark Cuban, to start airing their shows in the United States. More details are expected soon.
November 25, 2014
Back in June, Yoshi Tatsu was given his release from WWE, and many speculated that it would only be a matter of time before he headed back overseas. Earlier this week, he made his return to New Japan by attacking Jeff Jarrett and helped Hiroshi Tanahashi recapture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles, whom Jarrett was trying to help illegally regain the belt.
October 15, 2014
Back in May, AJ Styles surprised the wrestling world by joining New Japan and winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The move was done to help elevate the Bullet Club stable. The reign was ended this week when Hiroshi Tanahashi recaptured the title that was initially taken from him by Styles. Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada will battle it out at the big annual January pay per view for the belt.
October 13, 2014
While he has some resentment towards the company for letting him away, the door has not yet been completely closed on AJ Styles making a return to TNA next year. He enjoys working in Japan but would much rather be closer to his family at all times. Once Impact Wrestling secures a new home and the company can afford to hand out big contracts again, Styles could be one of the names brought back.
September 25, 2014
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
While the negotiation continues between the two sides, the belief is that Bully Ray and TNA are far apart on the financial terms. Management wants to keep their former world heavyweight champion around because he is quite the asset to the roster. However, they are limited in what they can pay him, much like how they had to let AJ Styles leave. Since neither side is willing to budge, it looks like the relationship could be over soon.
August 21, 2014
An interesting story line took place in New Japan this week. After AJ Styles lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the Bullet Club proceeded to attack Tanahashi. Jeff Jarrett, who was actually in town to sign a promotional contract with NJPW, made the save. However, when Scott D'Amore opened up the guitar case, it was painted with the Bullet Club sign. Jarrett then attacked Tanahashi before posing with the rest of the Bullet Club.
August 10, 2014
Since he has been spending quite a bit of time on airplanes nowadays, AJ Styles has been working on his autobiography. The reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion and his wife have been editing some of the content that features his early years in the professional wrestling business. No word yet on when the book will be released.
May 30, 2014
On June 6, Tommy Dreamer is doing another House of Hardcore wrestling event, and the ECW legend has stacked his card up tremendously. Confirmed for the event are Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, AJ Styles, Devon, Bully Ray, Abyss, Gangrel, Kassius Ohno, Adam Pearce, Kevin Steen, Homicide, Matt Striker, Petey Williams, Shane Helms and the Godfather.
May 20, 2014
Days after winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Kazuchika Okada, AJ Styles hopped on a plane and headed back to the United States. The former TNA star revealed on Twitter that he made it home just in time to watch his son in a championship baseball game, which they won, by the way. Styles should be heading back to Japan soon.
May 7, 2014
A video of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between AJ Styles and Kazuchika Okada during a New Japan event.
May 5, 2014
In one of the biggest international stories of the year, AJ Styles has captured the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Kazuchika Okada when Yujiro Takahashi turned on Okada and helped Styles. Takahashi is now a member of the Bullet Club. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows played provided interference to help Styles become the top guy in New Japan.
May 3, 2014
"It's unfortunate. At the end of the day this is a business, not everybody is going to be happy and people go their separate ways. It's the wrestling business and we're seen it happen a million times. Unfortunately, AJ Styles was a TNA original and was the face of our company for a very long time. That departure bothers me the most. I had a great relationship with AJ, we were friends, we were part of Fortune together, and we had some great matches. I understand where AJ's coming from, it's all business, and I wish him nothing but the best. Sting was a great guy to have in our locker room. He was a veteran leader. A guy that you can go and talk to, a guy who I had some memorable matches, and a guy who mentored me a lot and taught me a lot in the ring. He's an icon; his name will live forever in this business. And I wish him nothing but the best of luck. At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to do what you can for yourself." - Bobby Roode talks about people leaving TNA
April 30, 2014
Since they're now one of the most popular acts in all of Japan, the Bullet Club has been booked for a couple of shows with Ring of Honor. In May, ROH will be featuring AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at their live events in Toronto and New York City. The trio are just doing guest stints, as they still intend to fully return overseas to finish out their contracts.
April 29, 2014
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior." - AJ Styles posting a quick message after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 21, 2014