Styles in 2016?

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    Spudz

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    Styles in 2016?

    Post by Spudz on Thu May 28, 2015 12:54 am

    Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

    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.
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    Re: Styles in 2016?

    Post by Slayer on Thu May 28, 2015 9:14 am

    Even though I don't watch New Japan's current content regularly, I prefer to see him in that environment as a legitimate headliner.

    While finally seeing AJ Styles regularly in WWE in some form would be great, NXT would be a major step down for him right now. I doubt WWE would throw major money at him to be a top act for NXT, and even with a flexible deal, ala Samoa Joe, I just don't see how this would be better for him than what he's doing now.
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    Re: Styles in 2016?

    Post by SBR on Fri May 29, 2015 12:55 am

    I could see them offering him the Joe deal. Wonder if he would take it though.


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    Re: Styles in 2016?

    Post by Xero on Sun May 31, 2015 1:12 pm

    I wouldn't want to see Styles in NXT unless he's getting a lot more money than what he is now. You would have to assume a place like NJPW gives Styles much more of an opportunity to flourish than would WWE.
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    Re: Styles in 2016?

    Post by SBR on Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:58 pm

    dave on THE BOARD wrote:A.J. is making probably $350K or more per year.


    If WWE wants to guarantee him $400K or more (since he'll have to pay his road expenses in WWE and work more dates), they can get him no matter where they want him. He'd be stupid to go in for less. Doesn't matter if it's WWE or NXT, it's the guarantee.

    Devitt wasn't offered a fraction of that, because he wasn't making anywhere near what AJ was making.


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