The TNA Impact Wrestling website ran a story claiming that A.J. Styles, Doc Gallows (a/k/a Drew Hankinson), and Karl Anderson (a/k/a Chad Allegra) struck a handshake and written deal with Dixie Carter for TNA contracts only to pull out of their deals. “Start dates were determined, creative decided, merchandise designed and plane tickets purchased,” reads the story. “These discussions culminated on December 14th in Nashville, Tenn., where all attended a meeting at Dixie Carter’s home.
“A handshake and written deal between AJ, Drew, Chad and TNA was agreed upon and signed by all. Start dates were determined, creative decided, merchandise designed and plane tickets purchased. Over the Christmas holiday, and after the lawyers finalized the long form agreement, all communication with TNA stopped. AJ’s lawyer contacted TNA and stated the wrestlers had changed their mind and would not be honoring their commitment to TNA.” Read more at ImpactWrestling.com.
Powell’s POV: Well, this just got ugly. We’ve now heard TNA’s side of the story and I imagine we’ll eventually hear something from the Styles, Gallows, and Anderson camp. The timing is obviously intentional given all the buzz about the threesome debuting in WWE. In the case of Styles, all signs point to him appearing in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday. Obviously, if they signed with TNA, this could and have already become a legal battle, and there’s no telling how that could affect the status of the three wrestlers as far as WWE is concerned.