AJ Styles WWE News & Rumors: ROH Star Open-Minded About Wrestling For NXT

By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Oct 22, 2015 03:55 PM EDT
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AJ Styles has never made the big jump to the WWE, but it appears he may be closer than ever.

The Ring of Honor and New Japan star didn't exactly say he was all-in on possibly signing with the WWE, but he's open to possibly making the jump to Vince McMahons promotion and starting out in NXT.

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Another Indy darling and former TNA star who eventually made the jump and is flourishing is Samoa Joe, and Styles could follow in his footsteps.

"At this point in my career, I'm going to go do what's best for my family and I want to do what's best to provide for them," Styles said on 'The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond.' "So, the business that we're in, [if] the business could be better somewhere else, then that's where I'm going to go. That's what I'm going to do. So, like I said, it's a business plan. Wherever the plan takes me, that's where I'll go."

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Styles, 38, was a vital piece in TNA from 2002-14, but after contract talks between the two sides hit a wall last December, he decided to part ways with the company after nearly 12 years. Following the departure, he was rumored to surface in the WWE, but opted not to give the company a shot.

The two-time TNA Heavyweight Champion also revealed he was insulted by TNA's last contract offer, which he later divulged was $220,000 a year.

Styles was also asked to name his dream opponent.

"I'd like to wrestle Rey Mysterio, before he retires," Styles said. "I think we could have a pretty cool match and it would be a pretty big match, the two of us, so I'd probably get that done." Styles continued, "I would imagine you would have to come off the hip with some money for Rey, but it would be fun."

Mysterio works for AAA, while Styles is in NJPW, which is in conjunction with CMLL, so if they crossed paths it'd have to be in the independent circuit, unless the WWE brought Mysterio back and Styles signed on. After heated negotiations, the WWE finally let Mysterio walk earlier this year.

Perhaps Styles is softening up his stance on joining Vince McMahon's organization.

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