In the old days of professional wrestling, when a wrestler would leave a promotion like the NWA or AWA, or later WCW and ECW, they would become a hot free agent and the WWE was the company with the biggest chance to sign them. According to Rajah.com on Jan. 2, AJ Styles was asked about the difference between then and now when it comes to wrestling free agents.
When AJ Styles contract with TNA Impact Wrestling expired, many expected the WWE to be the next stop for the Phenomenal One. However, the WWE had no interest in signing him, and the word went out quickly that they had no interest in anyone in TNA Impact Wrestling.
This was not really a dig at the talent of TNA wrestlers, but was more in line with the new WWE Performance Center and how the WWE wants to build their own new stars and not bring in older stars who fans already know.
When Styles was told that 10 years ago, WWE would have jumped at signing him, Styles simply responded "Yeah. Lucky me, huh?"
Styles did say that he understands the WWE wanting to build their own stars through the WWE Performance Center and that times have changed. If anything, this gives TNA Impact Wrestling tremendous power when it comes to contracts since they now know that their main rival for talent is not interested in their wrestlers.
AJ Styles said that, while he won't be heading to the WWE, he is not heading back to TNA Impact Wrestling anytime soon either. He said he has not burned any bridges but he will be sticking around Ring of Honor Wrestling for awhile.
Styles signed with ROH for this weekend's TV taping and two other shows next month. He is not under contract with ROH though, and will continue to appear at independent shows around the world.