Reports: WWE renews interest in AJ Styles?
WWE undoubtedly is going for the kill. With former TNA mainstay Samoa Joe already under their roof, the WWE now has turned their attention to AJ Styles. Styles is currently the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and is a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and from the looks of it seems WWE are hugely interested in signing the wrestler according to Wrestler Observer Newsletter.
Styles, 37, left TNA last year after struggling to negotiate a new contract with the company. With WWE not interested in him at the time, Styles went on to rock the independent circuit, winning championships in promotions such as Family Wrestling Entertainment and competing for Ring of Honor, in addition to his success in Japan. The report also states that Styles as of now sees NJPW as his home and is currently under contract from the company, also holding the Heavyweight Championship there.
With Samoa Joe’s recent debut with WWE, many of TNA’s former top superstars are now under the WWE umbrella, with guys such as Sting, Bully Ray, Rob Van Dam having either appeared or signed on with the WWE in some capacity. WWE is looking to have three touring brands in 2016, thus the company wants to stack up on quality performers.
However, with his current commitments, contractual obligations and perceived preferences, it is unlikely that we will see Styles in a WWE ring until early 2016 at the earliest.