As previously noted here and first reported several weeks ago by Dave Meltzer, several WWE contracts are set to expire in a few months. PWInsider reported today that there’s a lot of talk about the future of former WWE Champion AJ Styles.
“Styles was not at the Survivor Series pay-per-view last night,” Johnson said. “We have not heard that he’s scheduled for TV this week.”
Johnson said that there was a story making the rounds about Styles being in the midst of a contractual issue with the company. Johnson said, “I don’t believe that to be 100 percent the case. The version of the story that was being passed around is that his deal was up at the end of the year. However, we’ve confirmed with several people he’s actually signed through April of 2019.”
Styles is negotiating a new contract. He stands to make more money from WWE than he would be working elsewhere. Of course, things could change if the rumored new wrestling promotion, headed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Tony Khan, starts up and big money is offered to him. At this point, I would say that it’s more likely that Styles will stay with WWE but anything is possible.
Styles has said publicly that he would like to work a lighter schedule so that might be part of the negotiations. It will be interesting to see what WWE offers him because they want to lock in wrestlers to longer 5-year deals but Styles is 41 years old. They did make an exception for Rey Mysterio who is signed for 2 years with an option for him to pull out of the deal after 18 months so that could be on the table for Styles.
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