Backstage Updates on AJ Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson Coming to WWE, TNA Talked to Styles
– As noted, ROH has announced that AJ Styles will make his final appearance for them on Saturday night in the Atlanta area, the night before WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in nearby Orlando, Florida. There’s been a lot of speculation about AJ being in the WWE Royal Rumble and at one point WWE wanted to debut him as a surprise entrant, but it’s still unknown if Styles has completed the required medical testing that has to be done before he signs a deal.
Doc Gallows was reportedly in Pittsburgh last week to do his WWE medical tests, according to PWInsider. However, it’s unlikely he appears at the Rumble. We last heard that he and Karl Anderson could be coming into WWE NXT at TV tapings in early March. With WWE apparently keeping Anderson and Gallows together, debuting Gallows by himself at the Rumble wouldn’t make much sense. As noted, Anderson is under contract to New Japan Pro Wrestling until February 1st.
Regarding Shinsuke Nakamura, we noted before that he’s set to come to the United States next month for a WWE Performance Center visit and medical testing.
On a related note, TNA reportedly made a big play for Styles to return on their POP TV Impact Wrestling premiere earlier this month but the two sides were obviously unable to agree on terms. TNA also talked with Gallows and Anderson, as noted.
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