By Jason Powell
Bill Behrens, who represents AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson, issued a statement to Prowrestling.net on Saturday in response to TNA claiming that the trio agreed to “handshake and written deals” to work for the company. “No formal contract was ever finalized nor signed,” Behrens wrote after being contacted by Prowrestling.net.
Powell’s POV: Several questions remain. First, what did Styles, Gallows, and Anderson actually sign? Do TNA officials feel they were wronged legally and intend to force the issue? Is this a case of sour grapes from TNA? Are WWE officials concerned enough about TNA’s claims to hold off on using the trio until the matter is resolved? I am not taking sides without knowing all the specifics of what is essentially a “he said/she said” issue at this point. However, I will say that reaction from fans has been extremely anti-TNA. I don’t think it would be fair to blame TNA if they have binding agreements with the trio (which Behrens claims is not the case), but they have to know that they will look really bad in the eyes of the majority of pro wrestling fans if this is simply a sour grapes situation and they have nothing that would hold up in court. For those who missed TNA’s original statement on the matter, visit ImpactWrestling.com.