ORIGINAL x 2: One of the main topics of conversation behind the scenes in TNA over the past few weeks has been AJ Styles' contract expiring - and whether the "TNA Original" will be able to come to terms with the organization. In an update on this, we're told AJ Styles and TNA have agreed to some form of contract extension. Full details are not available at this time.
Styles' contract was set to expire very soon (mid-September according to previous reports) and both sides were said to be working on a compromise that would keep him with the company. He was reportedly offered a deal that was for significantly less money than he's made in the past.
We reported earlier this week that TNA had hoped to have something finalized with AJ before last night's TNA iMPACT! tapings and that looks to have happened. It's unknown how long Styles is now locked in for, but TNA will continue negotiating with him in hopes of keeping him on board for the long term.
More as we get it.
UPDATE: AJ Styles and TNA are reportedly set for their next round of contract negotiations this week. The deal is said to ultimately come down to money. If both sides come to terms financially, Styles will remain with TNA. The hope is that something will be signed by Thursday's TNA iMPACT! TV tapings
ORIGINAL: As noted earlier today, there is a rumor circulating that AJ Styles could potentially be leaving TNA iMPACT! Wrestling in the near future. The rumor stems from the fact that Styles' contract with the company is set to expire next month.
Normally, especially in WWE, high-profile talents are re-signed to new deals before the expiration of their existing contracts. There have been cases in the past where TNA has allowed a top stars' contract to expire before attempting to lock them up in a new deal. Examples of that situation include Bobby Roode, Devon, and most notably, Samoa Joe.
What is interesting in this case is the fact that AJ Styles, more than pretty much anyone in the company, is viewed as a "TNA guy." Having worked for the company since its' inception in 2002, Styles has remained loyal to the company, despite past offers from WWE and other high-dollar offers around the globe.
It's also interesting to note that TNA has allegedly put forth very little effort into locking Styles up into a new deal. In doing so, the company is putting itself in a position that would potentially allow WWE to enter the picture and scoop up Styles before TNA finalizes a new agreement.
As we reported earlier today, a post appeared on the official Facebook page of Styles, which poses the question, "Where do fans want AJ Styles to be? TNA? WWE? ROH? Japan? Lots of options. Tough decisions."
We will post an update on this situation as soon as more information becomes available.