AJ Styles’ agent and lawyer Bill Behrens issued the following statement on the current TNA situation which we reported on last night:
No contract was ever finalized nor signed by the parties.
That I would need to be involved in the contract process was known by TNA prior to my involvement and understood by them.
TNA and its 1st lawyer did not present in a timely fashion a contract that accurately reflected previous discussions at all. That created great concern tied to past experiences. In that time and prior there was other interest and there were other firm offers on the table and other discussions.
TNA was aware of other interest and various conflicts. TNA was aware a final contract was required. It was creating that contract and controlled that timetable. Too much time passed early on. Other things came into play. No contract was ever finalized with TNA.
To suggest I make any decision for my clients is to misunderstand my role and diminish the role each talent has in making their own decisions, and insults the talent in the process.
In other more somber news, Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie), who was once named by Bret Hart as the greatest Canadian wrestler of all time has sadly passed away Saturday morning at the age of 71.
Gouldie held the North American heavyweight title a record 14 times between 1968 and 1984, which was something of a streak at the time.
He served as a deputy sheriff in Knox County, Tennessee, working as a correctional officer once his wrestling career come to an end.