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AJ Styles Releases Statement Regarding His TNA Departure



AJ Styles posted the following on his official website and Facebook page this morning:

MY STATEMENT ON TNA CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 12/16/13

Today for the first time in 11 years, AJ Styles awakes to find himself without a professional wrestling contract. I can’t help but think how did I get here, what must I have done wrong, did I not deliver in the ring, etc. All of those are pertinent questions that any man or woman who finds himself or herself unemployed would ask.

I have always prided myself in being the wrestler that stays away from the things in this business that could easily destroy myself, my family, my marriage, and even my career. A wrestler who goes above and beyond to give the fans what they paid to see.

I move forward not bitter, but better for the blessings and memories that I have been a part of since TNA’s inception.

When this contract renegotiation journey started several months ago, my wife and I began praying for God to close doors that needed to be closed and to open the doors that He wanted us to walk through. We asked him to prepare us for this journey and to help us to have the faith to be obedient to what He would have us to do. I am assured by the name Immanuel in Matthews 1:23 that I will never be alone. Hebrews 13.5, says He will never leave us or forsake us. There is a lot in this world that I am unsure of, especially in this moment, but there is one thing that I am certain. Contracts may expire, but the promise of Immanuel will never expire.

As my family and I move forward with my wrestling career, we will turn to Jabez’s prayer found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.

Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil.

My family and I are both grateful for the platform that TNA has allowed me to experience. TNA has been a blessing to our family for many years. We have made many friendships and many more memories. While you may not be seeing AJ Styles in TNA, you can be sure that he will be traveling the world and delivering many more Phenomenal matches. Visit AJStyles.org for a complete list of bookings.

Sincerely,

AJ Styles

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7 Responses

  1. Dave Elliott says:

    AJ, will pray for God’s will in your life….guidance for your journey…. and peace upon your heart when the right door opens.

    David Elliott

  2. Kerry Standifur says:

    It sounds like he should start a new career as an evangelist.

  3. LOL says:

    Seems like he is ready for the next chapter!

  4. Mighty says:

    I just feel like we’re being Abyssed, Devonned here… worked.

  5. harryji says:

    won’t be surprise if WWE picks him up after all he was the first TNA number one on PWI in 2010

  6. AJ Cooper says:

    @harryji

    I doubt they would. If they did, he’d end up being underutilized in NXT. Plus, he’s too much of a big name in TNA for WWE to pick him up & he’s getting up in the age bracket. So, suffice to say, I don’t think he’ll be going ANYWHERE near WWE.

  7. Meh says:

    It is good for TNA as it means it that they can build stars and not keep relying on Styles.

    Now hopefully Christopher Daniels can finally gets his first TNA Heavyweight World Championship reign rather than being beat by Styles almost every time they meet.

    Honestly, any Daniels/Styles singles match to me is instantly ruined by the fact that Styles is going over and if Styles does lose to Daniels it is usually either from Styles botching a high risk move and being pinned for the 3 or the occassional successfully heel tactic. I view the match in that light and it removes all sense of drama from it for me. I know I’m shooting myself in the foot, but it’s just how it goes.

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