AJ Styles Speaks On TNA Going Out Of Business, His TNA Departure & More

The following are highlights of a recent Baltimore Sun interview with AJ Styles:

On leaving TNA: “I honestly thought I’d be the guy that TNA could say, “This is the first guy that we signed to this company, and he’s retiring from our company.” And, man, what an awesome thing that would have been. So I never imagined I would leave that company, I assumed I’d retire from there. It sucks, but you can’t fix that now. I left the door open…”

On whether or not he thinks TNA is going out of business: “You know, I really don’t know. I know they’ve made a lot of cuts. That must mean they’re not doing so well. Sting gone, Hogan gone, myself gone, and I’m sure we’re going to see more cuts soon. From what I’ve heard and been told, it’s been horribly mismanaged as a company. I don’t know if they’re going out of business. But they’re definitely doing things that make people think they’re going out of business. And I hope they don’t. I hope TNA doesn’t go out of business because I have a lot of good friends that work there and deserve to be in the national spotlight. My hope is that they never go out of business.”

On returning to TNA in the future: “I tried to leave the door open. I haven’t buried the company. Like I said, I have friends there who do well, so I’m not going to do that. But I don’t know if I’ll ever go back, and it’s definitely not going to be any time soon. And from what one of their higher ups said, it will be ‘Only if there’s space available for AJ Styles.’ So I guess there might not be room for me, according to him.”

Check out the complete interview at BaltimoreSun.com.

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    • Forceton Banfodder

      Got to give him credit for not burying the company for the sake of the wrestlers who still work there.

      • Ice

        He didn’t bury them for the sake of the wrestlers. He didn’t bury the company so he can always have an open door to welcome him back

        • Forceton Banfodder

          He doesn’t sound very convinced there will be a door to come back through.

          • superturbo

            So what?

            It wouldn’t be common sense either to come out and say its probably doomed though is it! Better that he remain a viable option one day to return, just in case it does have some money to rehire him and all the hype from that, is more than enough to get tons more people watching TNA again. Than come out and simply say; “yup TNA done for”?!

    • Cena Swallows

      He knows WWE doesn’t want him so why would he bury TNA that’s his safety net! Smart man …

    • Patrick

      AJ always seemed classy.

      Dixies a moron.

      • Deante320

        Her and the dumbass VP who said “if there’s a spot open”

    • guest

      Love to see aj in wwe. He would def make the intercontinental or us title meaningful then maybe wwe championship.

      • noooo

        If he did go to WWE he would have to change his name. Can’t be 2 Ajs on the roster. Most likely he would be sent to developmental and given a dumb gimmick

        • brad

          I honestly don’t think he would be willing to wrestle under another name, that’s probably the reason they haven’t hired him.

          • Bam Bam

            They would probably just shorten his name to Styles. They shorten other ppl’s name like Cesaro, and R Truth. They seem to like to shorten some ppl’s name then add to others.

            • brad

              Yeah I’ve noticed that, I mean styles isn’t that bad, but i honestly think it’s kind of dumb how they changed cesaros, and truths. It wouldn’t be that bad if they wouldn’t have called them that for years but just to change it out of the blue was kind of pointless to me.

      • Kuwabara

        wwe champion? lmfao WWE will send him to development then to NXT with a dumb gimmick and a dumb name then have him get buried by that new Russian guy on WWE.

        • Leather Face

          Rusev is Bulgarian, sir.

          • valo

            correct. lana is “russian” and rusev is bulgarian.

        • gdaddy1971

          NXT is developmental.

    • 09Shan

      TNA will be gone by 2016 calling it now.. Hey if Jarretts organisation pans out they will likely straight away step into TNAs spot anyway.