It is interesting that he has not signed a deal with them however. Usually Styles gets a deal done well before it is close to expiring. Everyone knows his importance to TNA, so it's obvious that while some have had issues getting signed, AJ would not have the same trouble. However, one can never know the inner workings of how TNA runs shop.
This has led to many thinking that AJ is considering leaving TNA when his contract ends.
Styles has a family, and while he is adamant about working as a wrestler, he does not want to work so much that he does not see his loved one’s. This has to be respected. The man simply does not want to overdo himself and I cannot really be against that.
Styles is 36 years of age. He is much older than any incoming talent that would be signed by WWE. But it seems that this could be his best time to head “up north” as they say.
The reason I believe Styles would do this is actually quite interesting.
Number one, TNA is now on the road weekly for the iMPACT tapings. After the tapings, they do live events and press. Sound familiar? Due to this, TNA’s light schedule has now been increased. They once would wrestle maybe, at the most, 150 dates a year. Now, they do well over 200.
WWE’s schedule is quite similar to this. So those who thought TNA’s schedule would be lighter and thus jumped ship now are headed back to WWE or have retired altogether. Some went to TNA out of issues with WWE or were released by the company and ended up “down south” however.
So Styles may have been against going to WWE in the past due to schedule. But knowing the schedule is similar in TNA, he clearly could work a few more dates in WWE or he could make a deal with WWE that would allow him to be on the road less.
This would allow Styles to have the same time with his family that he does now. I’m sure that would be enticing for the Phenomenal one.
His name would be allowed, this is obvious. Anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves. Styles does not need to go to WWE. He could stay in TNA or go to ROH and make money that would take care of his family. Far less would be made of course. But he could do so. This tells me that WWE would allow AJ Styles to keep his name. TNA does not own the Styles name, so he easily could keep it and simply allow WWE the rights to use it for marketing.
Styles also has no major injuries that have brought down his production in the ring. While he obviously is nearing 40 and will sooner or later slow down and be unable to do what he used to, he still can do them now.
It’s also a guarantee that Styles would most likely be used well for some time in WWE. His popularity outside of WWE would only increase when he steps between WWE ropes. He may not be in the main event scene every week, I feel he may have a CM Punk role where he is put wherever he works best and then thrown into main events when WWE knows it will sell.
WWE knows the window is short for Styles and he would have to be used right away. There is no time to wait around and see what happens. You have to use him when you bring him in and use him a lot. I’m sure he could work out a deal to sign a big deal and work less dates. That way, his matches could stay as awesome as we have come to expect.
If Styles does leave TNA for WWE, it would be a tough decision on his end. He has been with TNA for over a decade. He has been a former World Champion and won every major title the company had. Even some that were meaningless. But the fact is that he would be a legend in TNA from the moment he leaves.
It is time to forget about TNA and trying to build it and do something for AJ Styles...