AJ Styles Talks About Jeff Jarrett's Departure, Dixie Carter's Role, Returning To ROH, Lots More
On his return to Ring Of Honor: "I'm excited. I really am. The different things that have happened in Ring Of Honor and for guys that have left--a lot of great wrestlers have left but I'm honored that I can come back. That they would welcome me with open arms and I'm looking forward to getting into a Ring of Honor ring and mixing it up with some guys."
On him returning to ROH creating buzz around ROH again: "I can't imagine that I am--that it's blowing up or getting a little bit more attention because of me but--because Ring Of Honor is such a great place to work and it's very respected. I don't know anybody who's ever really watched the show that hasn't enjoyed it. So it's going to be fun going back and a lot of people think that I did this on purpose. That the very place I'd first be wrestling after my contract is up with TNA is in Nashville, Tennessee with Ring Of Honor. That wasn't planned that way. It wasn't on purpose, it was coincidental. But then again if you're gonna start back with ROH, what a place--I mean I started in Nashville, so a lot of people--at least my career, as far as TNA started in Nashville. They know me up there, you know? So it's gonna be, it's gonna be fun."
How strange is it that negotiations with TNA have seemingly broken down, yet he is still being featured on TNA: "Well it seems that the dirt sheets are way off on this one. How many times did you hear that I was signed with TNA and now I'm not signed with TNA? They're way off on this thing. They've been all over and then there's people saying, "Oh, it's a work, it's a work." Because they don't want to be fooled and they are not going to admit when they are wrong when I haven't signed a contract. I don't know man, it's just--it's been a crazy time for me, these couple of weeks. And I don't want you guys to think that I'm mad at TNA, cause I'm not. I'm not bitter towards them. I don't hate them. I hope they do well. I got a lot of good friends that wrestle there and I hope that it's successful. It was just an opportune time for me to take an opportunity to go wrestle somewhere else, where I may not have that opportunity again. And that's basically what this has come down to. And I left the door open for TNA and I hope they continue to leave the door open, that you know maybe sometime in the future, I will be back. But that I don't know and like I said, I left the door open."
On people stating that his statements about his status with TNA being a work: "Well I mean, and I can understand why people want to believe that it is a work. Because they don't want to; first of all I'm sure they don't want to believe that I'm actually not working for TNA. Second, I told them that I didn't have a contract in the first place. Cause I didn't. I had an extension. So I understand why they might believe it's a work, and why it's hard to believe but it's even hard for me to believe. That after working with a company for 11 years, and busting your tail and doing what you thought was right and doing it to the best of your ability that it would even come down to a negotiation where it would take a long time or anything like that. I just figured that we'd find a way. And the timing, you know it just had me where I had to make a decision. I had to do something and I just figured that this is an opportunity and I need to take it."
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