AJ Styles Releases Statement Regarding His TNA Departure

Posted by Brad Davis December 16, 2013 38 Comments

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


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.


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    • Derp

      So God told him to quit wrestling? Shut up with the stupid bible verses, you sound like an old crazy christian moron.

      • T 980

        Or Jake the Snake

      • John

        Derp; you are a complete IDIOT!!!

        • Derp

          Touche John. Go back to church you brainwashed moron.

      • twet

        or god told him to quit tna ;) stupid

      • Bubba Winter

        Hey Derp did you read anything else other then his great faith talk? Didn’t he say that he was still going around the world to still have matches? He is just not with TNA. He didn’t say he stopped wrestling. So how reading the whole story instead of picking out what you want to read and think you know what you are talking about. Maybe you should read the whole bible instead of picking out things about it to decide that Christians are morons. By the way. Merry CHRISTmas!!

        • Derp

          I don’t need a couple bible verses from some second rate wrestler to inform me that christians are morons. If you have a fraction of a brain, you’ll know very well that uh…christians are morons. And also, you’re arguing semantics, he’s quitting wrestling…quitting tna, open for interpretation you jackass. Don’t be such a literal christian moron.

          • Bubba Winter

            Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. So keep going Derp with the put downs and name calling. The more you do the more blessed I am.

    • Jason Dignam

      It might have something to do with the bullshit crazy christian rantings, keep god (with a lower case g) out of politics and wrestling

      • TheMachineX2

        you shouldn’t insult religion , or a person’s faith. if you don’t love God or don’t believe than that’s your choice . If you worship or oblige Satan that’s your decision with your soul evil has persecuted Christians and will continue until the day they are cast into the eternal pit of fire and damnation forever.

    • Bray Wyatt

      what must i have done wrong. you started by asking for a contract that tna’s broke ass couldn’t afford dam well knowing that the WWE had no intrest in signing you. In time you’ll swallow your pride and go back..

    • Taxi Jax

      AJ you shot yourself in the foot buddy and bit the hand that fed you and your family. Now you sound like the guys who go to prison, find Jesus, get released, forget all about Jesus and end up back in the joint again. Maybe your wrestling days are over or maybe you can go talk to Dixie Carter again and eat some crow. The way you treated her wasn’t very Christian-like. So don’t get your hopes up or expect to start at the bottom and work your way up again. Can’t hurt to try.

    • Camp Cornette

      It’s amazing how when someone talks about their faith, people come out of the woodwork to tell them to “shut up” about it. People were all for AJ standing his ground and leaving TNA, but when he brings his beliefs into it, he’s all of a sudden crazy and stupid for leaving TNA.
      Get over yourselves and your political correctness.

      • Guest

        Shawn Micheals is a christian just the same as AJ and doesn’t come off anywhere pretentious about his faith as much as AJ does.

      • Shockmaster

        Urm, I think you’ll find that it is more “political correctness” *not* to criticise faith, rather than to do so – having to accept it without being able to scrutinise it, just because it has the privilege of being a religious faith is more political correctness. Especially when it is quoted in such a way.

        • Camp Cornette

          Scrutinizing is one thing, but telling someone to shut up because you don’t like what what they say or because it offends you is not criticizing. It is a call for censorship. Political Correctness in a nutshell.

    • TheMachineX2

      If I was in charge of TNA I wouldn’t give AJ a contract neither,… for what? Ratings are low as is the money and how interesting AJ been of late?

    • DaDirtiest

      this is all a work, Aj ain';t goin nowhere else for more than 2 or 3 weeks

    • Jamie Corcoran

      Why refer to yourself in 3rd person and use the name AJ STyles? mmm, also dosent say he has quit at all, says he has been fired but essentially this statement says he has no contract…..ITS A WORK! He wil take a sebatical then return after UK Tour, he will take dates in the u.s till then, non will be taped (as per his tna contract) and non will be in ROH! (it will start to become obvious in Jan i feel)
      #HailSabin (just sayin!)

    • AJ Styles

      This has been THE WORST year of maaai frikken laaaaif!

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      • Disciple

        calm down bro.

      • TheMachineX2

        Religious crap ? Old Guy in the sky? or how about how you start your comment – OMG ( oh my God)? Church and God are for theweak mind ? ; no its exactly the opposite its the ones who are very strong in faith and intelligence that know God and obey his laws. Now Satan is able to control and manipulate very easily the weak minded , its obvious that you are very confused. I will pray for you but better yet I suggest you pray to God yourself and ask for forgiveness, for these are the times of tribulation.

        • twet

          ever heard of darwin? ;) and believe me, when you’re gone you’re gone no heaven angels and sh!t just your corpse rotten to mud ;)

          • TheMachineX2

            ever heard of Thomas Aquinas or the missing link? Darwin’s theory has been discredited over and over again by scientific community. Darwin theory is prop up there by atheist and forces that try their hardest to disprove the existence of God.

            • twet

              yeah creatism is way more probable idiot ;) you still burn redheaded women and are against abortion of women who got raped?

            • TheMachineX2

              * yawns ,.. lets call people idiots bcuz they have a different set of beliefs ( irony). Abortion is murder. Ok using your logic a man rapes a woman , so lets go kill a baby. Life is a gift from God. If the raped woman truly does not want the baby give it up for adoption where a deserving parent(s) can give it love and nurturing so that it may grow into a beautiful being that brings love and positivity to others lives and or the world.

            • twet

              see you are a idiot, idgaf if you or anyone else uses abortion, you on the other hand want to tell other people what to do. and since you skipped that part i assume you still burn those redheaded witches ;) moron

      • Judas Iscariot

        i love you man

      • Old Guy In The Sky

        dude listen to my fellow dude, and calllllm down

    • Bubba Winter

      I for one am proud of AJ and his wife to bring God into their lives to show them the way. Whether he does independent matches or signs with WWE or even later down the road resign with TNA. He has allowed God to make the way for him instead of following his own path. He can’t go wrong there.

      • twet


        • Bubba Winter

          Ouch that hurt.

          • twet

            u critcize a dude for mocking someones believe but shove it down others throats? moron

            • Bubba Winter

              Ok write out where I mocked someone’s belief. And where did I shove it down someone’s throat. I bet you won’t find them and stick with name calling. But that’s ok to criticize me because that means I am more blessed because you persecute me for righteousness sake.

            • twet

              “Maybe you should read the whole bible instead of picking out things about it to decide that Christians are morons”

    • DaDirtiest

      hes not going anywhere, no other company is gonna pay this guy for anything more than a 2 or 3 week stint, whether its in mexico or japan, hes staying in TNA, they’re just tryin to re do the punk storyline from a few years ago, but they’re booking him in outside promotions that they have working talent exchanges with in order to make it seem more realistic.

    • TheMachineX2

      First thing, Christians are suppose to spread the word of Jesus Christ whether AJ was doing that or not. Secondly, there has been and is a war taking place against God and his people as is foretold in scripture. I stand on the side of the Lord. Those who attack and persecute God’s people , those who encourage and condone lewd , immoral, or natural acts and or murder infants in their mother’s womb will surely perish in HELL for eternity.

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