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    Posted: 28/May/2015 at 10:49
Quote WWE officials have reportedly changed their thoughts on signing former TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.

AJ is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion and considers New Japan Pro Wrestling to be home, and is under contract, but WWE is interested in signing him. WWE is looking to have three touring brands in 2016 and want to load up on as much quality talent as they can.


I think AJ would be a great addition to the NXT roster and with WWE looking to turn NXT in to a touring brand they need several veterans who will be permanent fixtures in NXT who can work quality matches with the young talent.

I think AJ would be willing as well if it's a non-exclusive deal like Rhyno and Samoa Joe have with WWE that allows them to take outside bookings schedule permitting.

With TNA in trouble it's a great time for WWE to boost the NXT roster with some of talent there, Austin Aries' deal is said to expire in June.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28/May/2015 at 11:48
Only way I can see him going for it is if the money is right and he is allowed to do those outside things he's already agreed to. Could be a nice little earner for AJ to round off his career.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LennyComa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28/May/2015 at 16:46
Wouldn't mind seeing him in E to be honest

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/May/2015 at 00:14
I would assume, if this were true, that he would get the same kind of deal that Joe has, so other promotions shouldn't be a problem for him.
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[URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/profiles/aj-styles" rel="nofollow]AJ Styles[/URL] will be backstage at the [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/royal-rumble" rel="nofollow]Royal Rumble[/URL] PPV this Sunday as well as Monday’s [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/raw" rel="nofollow]RAW[/URL] and Tuesday’s [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/smackdown" rel="nofollow]SmackDown[/URL] TV tapings.

It’s still unclear whether or not he will be in the Rumble match at this time. It would make sense for him to debut in the match, but it’s said that he will be making his [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/wwe" rel="nofollow]WWE[/URL] debut very soon.

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Styles will have his send off from [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/roh" rel="nofollow]ROH[/URL] at Saturday’s live event in Duluth, GA. Styles will then travel to Florida for the Rumble event. Styles will then be on the road with [URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/wwe" rel="nofollow]WWE[/URL] full-time.

[URL=http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/posts/tagged/wwe" rel="nofollow]WWE[/URL] was planning on Styles making his debut in the Rumble match a few week's ago. Those plans could have changed, though


I still hope AJ has at least a short stay in NXT, much like Kevin Owens did, he could have a lot of great matches down there and it would help establish him with the WWE fans that are not familiar with him at present as well as getting him acclimatised to the WWE style in the ring.


If he does head straight to the main roster as rumoured I would prefer it to happen on the post Royal Rumble Raw, I think that will have a better impact than him just making up the numbers in the Rumble match where he obviously wont win. Plus if the crowd at RR is smark heavy WWE would risk another Daniel Bryan style backlash when AJ gets eliminated.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/January/2016 at 13:47
Short RR match cameo and then down in NXT until the night after WM would be how i'd book him.

It's worked out well that his ROH finale is in his home state so he will leave with a great response that should be free of sold out chants due to location.

The report though says WWE debut very soon not NXT debut so maybe he's bypassing developmental completely.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/January/2016 at 14:40
The rumour mill does suggest he will bypass developmental which I think is unwise.

In NXT they can evaluate Styles, see what reaction he gets, how he adjusts to the ring style etc, he needn't stay down there for long, maybe 2-3 months max, but rushing him on to the main roster could well be a disaster, Styles may be a Indy sensation but it's not like WWE are bringing in Goldberg or The Rock is it.
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He got a big pop at the Royal Rumble but I was left a bit underwhelmed by his debut. He looked ok in the match but didn't exactly dazzle, he spent most of his time selling. Also it was pretty obvious he will struggle to use the Styles Clash in WWE, most of the talent on the roster are much larger than AJ and from the moment he tried to put it on Roman Reigns you could see there is only a handful of guys there he could use it on. Would probably be wise for him to adopt a new finisher and keep the Clash as a special attraction move for rare occasions.

Positives were the reaction he got and how strong the commentary team put him over, when he first appeared I had visions of him getting destroyed by Reigns just so WWE could give the finger to TNA but thankfully that didn't happen.

Rumour has it his first major feud will be with Kevin Owens which is smart as its a smarks wet dream match and he and Owens have worked together before so it's a good choice to adjust AJ to the WWE style.
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It appears so far that he'll be feuding with Jericho. AJ vs Y2J is a dream match on paper. Their match left something to be desired, but I would chalk that up to being nervous and not yet used to the WWE style. It ought to be a good feud really, as no one knows more about what AJ is going through right now than Chris Jericho, and he's certainly still capable of having a good big match with someone like AJ and making AJ look good.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

<font style=": rgb0, 0, 0;">It appears so far that he'll be feuding with Jericho. AJ vs Y2J is a dream match on paper. Their match left something to be desired, but I would chalk that up to being nervous and not yet used to the WWE style. It ought to be a good feud really, as no one knows more about what AJ is going through right now than Chris Jericho, and he's certainly still capable of having a good big match with someone like AJ and making AJ look good.


I actually thought it was a very good even back and forth match, sure it wasn't perfect but considering it was AJ's first outing on Raw and Jericho is now mid-fourties and in honesty hasn't delivered a classic match in a very long time.

I think you're right this will be AJ's initial feud and it's a good choice but I think it could conclude at Fast Lane, I can see a Jericho heel turn happening and maybe another televised match between the two then the rubber match at Fast Lane, then AJ can move on to Owens at Wrestlemania.
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