AJ Styles’ WWE contract expires at the end of April and he is still in negotiations. WWE has made a “strong play” to keep him, according to PWInsider. It was reported in November that Styles was seeking a reduced schedule, where he would work most TV dates, but fewer house shows.
Styles is reportedly already making in the top 1% of WWE contracts, according to PWInsider.
Styles is friends with the Young Bucks, so they would obviously like to have him in AEW and that will certainly be leverage for Styles during his negotiations with WWE.
Styles said earlier this week that he has not signed a new deal with WWE yet.
What was that? Are you sure? Please let me know the more because I know nothing about this. 🤨 https://t.co/912V4k44uy
— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) February 3, 2019
On a related note, it was reported earlier this week that Styles has a hernia, but he also denied that on Twitter.
Yeah, about that. I don’t have a hernia. 😐 https://t.co/ilqge7BlZw
— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) February 6, 2019
Dave Meltzer, who first reported the story, said that Styles was listed by a WWE doctor as having a hernia on WWE’s “injury report” on Monday.
WWE's Monday injury report listed "hernia" as his injury. If it's "fake," blame the WWE doctor who made the diagnosis. https://t.co/W8o0hf3KP4
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) February 7, 2019
The Usos’ contracts also are set to expire in April and WWE has been in negotiations with them about a new deal, PWInsider says.
PWInsider says that they were “told that the company’s ‘relationship’ with Ziggler is continuing.”
There were rumors last month that Ziggler could be done with WWE after January 31.
Ziggler then said that he was taking a “hiatus” from WWE, but showed up at the Royal Rumble the next night.