AEW WANT AJ STYLES?! New WWE Tournament Announced! | WrestleTalk News Jan. 2019

AEW WANT AJ STYLES?! New WWE Tournament Announced! | WrestleTalk News Jan. 2019

Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk MECHA
NEWS, I am Luke Owen. Happy Friday everyone!
And we’ve got a packed news episode for
you today – with rumours of AJ Styles possibly
being offered an All Elite Wrestling deal,
details on the new NXT UK Performance Centre,
and surprise stars returning to Impact Wrestling.
But first.
If you thought WWE’s promises of a new era
featuring fresh new faces, match ups you’ve
not seen before, and the returns of Kevin
Owens and Sami Zayn were empty, hollow and
pandering – well it truly is a new era of
WWE – as they have announced
a cookbook. Thankfully this isn’t a book
on how WWE can cook and eat their fans – as
far as we know – and instead a fun book of
puns: including NWOatmeal, D Generation Eggs,
and Ba-Quiche-Ta.
Perhaps it can be a prize in the company’s
newest tournament, which they announced yesterday
via Earlier in the week it was revealed
that WWE had trademarked the name Worlds Collide
for a show – which promoted many to speculate
it would be a Network Special that featured
talent from all of the independent promotions
WWE are currently working with such as Progress,
ICW, wXw, EVOLVE, etc. Others thought it might
be an NXT vs. WWE showcase – something a lot
of fans have been asking for. What it is instead
is a two-day tournament featuring 5 stars
from NXT, 5 from NXT UK and 5 from 205 Live
– competing against each other to win a title
shot on their brand. The tournament will take
place at Axxess over Royal Rumble weekend,
which will be filmed for the Network and shown
at a later date. Not sure why you wouldn’t
show this live… what can you do?
Representing NXT is Adam Cole bay-bay, Velveteen
Dream, Dominik Dijaovic, WrestleTalk super
fan Keith Lee and on his way to WWE Otis Dozovic.
From NXT UK we have Mark Andrews, Tyler Bate,
Travis Banks, Jordan Devlin and Liverpool’s
number one Zack Gibson, while 205 Live will
be represented by Cedric Alexander, Tony Nese,
Drew Gulak, TJP and Humberto Carrillo – more
on him in a bit. The tournament will begin
with a 15-man battle royal, which will determine
the first round matches, with the winner getting
a bye into the second round.
Travis Banks welcomed the news by tweeting:
“Proud to represent the @NXTUK brand and
I’ll also be flying the flag for #NewZealand”
while Jordan Devlin was also thrilled by announcing:
“Very proud to be the sole representative
of #NXTIreland in 2 weeks at @WWE Royal Rumble
#Axxess in Phoenix.”
But someone who wasn’t quite so clued into
what was going on was former Cruiserweight
Champion TJP. When a fan tweeted him to ask
him about the tournament he replied, “I
don’t think I’m in this thing”. However
when it was pointed out that he was a part
of the show he replied: “Oh! I guess I should
put my controller down long enough to read
stuff. Ok then, let’s do this….ima make
this one a slow jam.” Maybe he thought it
was the comic book event where characters
from Sega and Capcom teamed up… or maybe
that was just me.
And it looks like Worlds Collide could already
be 2019’s Mixed Match Challenge, because
just two hours after announcing the names
for the tournament, WWE removed someone from
Those paying attention will have noticed that
Humberto Carrillo was named as a 205 Live
wrestler – when he isn’t a part of that
brand. Carrillo was announced as one of NXT’s
latest signees back in October – and has since
formed a tag team with Raul Mendoza on NXT
TV – recently losing to Danny Burch and Oney
Lorcan. However it seems as though Carrillo
isn’t set to stay in NXT for very long though
going by this Worlds Collide slip up – and
it may have revealed who will answer Buddy
Murphy’s open challenge for his Cruiserweight
Championship next week – with some sites reporting
this will be Carrillo’s official 205 Live
call-up and debut.
With Carrillo now out of the tournament…
for now at the very least, lists that
a new wrestler will be named to fill his spot
in the tournament at a later date.
With Impact Wrestling moving to Pursuit tonight
– which will also be streamed on their Twitch
channel – we don’t have an Impact Wrestling
Slam of the Week. So instead we showed you
a quick preview of tonight’s opening – which
featured clips from last Sunday’s Homecoming
PPV – including Killer Kross powerbombing
Taya Valkyrie off the stage.
And if you didn’t get a chance to catch
Homecoming, Impact Wrestling have announced
that UK fans will be able to watch the show
for free this weekend on Fight Network UK
– which means you will be able to check out
the awesome tag team match between LAX and
the Lucha Bros, and the great bout between
Sami Callihan and Willie Mack.
And we’re about to head into Spoiler Room
Brawl territory here regarding the latest
Impact Wrestling spoilers – so be sure to
go ahead to the timestamp that my editor has
kindly put on screen for you so you can avoid
them. Thanks, Simon! We’re heading into
the Spoiler Room Brawl in 3….2…1…
After overcoming a technical snafu which saw
a production truck blow the power and turn
all the lights off, Impact Wrestling taped
their next set of TV episodes from The Asylum
in Nashville – which saw the Impact Wrestling
returns of Crazzy Steve, Crimson, Bram and
former WCW Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner
– who did a segment with the Desi Hit Squad.
Crazzy Steve had a tryout with WWE back in
June last year but wasn’t signed and it
will be his first appearance with the Impact
Wrestling since April 2017. This will be Bram
and Crimson’s first appearance with the
company since November 2017, and Steiner’s
first since May last year where he lost the
tag team titles he held with Eli Drake to
DJZ and Andrew Everett.
Last year Triple H and Johnny Saint officially
announced the launch of NXT UK, which holds
their first TakeOver event tomorrow night
in Blackpool – featuring Pete Dunne defending
his NXT UK Championship against Joe Coffey,
Moustache Mountain taking on Grizzled Young
Veterans in the finals of the NXT UK Tag Team
title tournament, Toni Storm looking to capture
the NXT UK Women’s Championship from Rhea
Ripley and more. Oli, El Fakidor and myself
have made our predictions for the show which
will tie into the WrestleLeague standings
[have the current standings in a screen like
the end of the Homecoming review], and you
can hear myself and Oli give our thoughts
and predictions on the show in the WrestleRamble
podcast intro which is released tomorrow morning.
But it’s not just their first ever TakeOver
event that has got the brand in the news,
as British Strong Style appeared on ITV’s
Good Morning Britain this morning to announce
the opening of
the NXT UK Performance Centre. Our own Andy
Datson was down at the Performance Centre
today with other members of the press where
he saw several members of the NXT UK roster
training, Finn Balor, Charlotte Flair and
Pete Dunne share their thoughts, and this
video of Triple H’s comments on
the Centre’s opening:
Andy also sent across these images and told
us. “It’s nowhere near the same size as
the centre in Florida, but then there are
far fewer stars being trained here.”
But even with NXT UK holding their first TakeOver
event tomorrow night, the name on the tongue
of every wrestling fan around the world at
the moment is All Elite Wrestling.
AEW was announced on New Year’s Day at the
end of an episode of Being The Elite, and
the group held a rally in Jacksonville this
past Tuesday where they revealed they had
singed Hangman Page, Joey Janela and Penelope
Ford, Britt Baker, SoCal Uncensored, Pac,
and Chris Jericho. The group also announced
their next two shows – the first taking place
in May in Las Vegas called Double or Nothing,
with the unnamed second show taking place
in Jacksonville at some point in 2019. Dave
Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio
that not only are there more names to be announced,
but there should also be an announcement of
a TV deal coming soon – saying AEW had a couple
of offers already on the table for them.
This report has now been backed up by AEW
signee Chris Jericho, who appeared on SiriusXM’s
Busted Open Radio to say, “I wouldn’t
have gone to All Elite if there wasn’t a
strong TV deal on the table being worked on,
and there’s a couple that I know of that
are on the table and both of them are like
wow. When it’s announced, if it’s one
of those two, you’ll be ‘welp that’s
what they need’.”
Since the word of AEW’s launch late last
year there have been a list of names from
WWE that have been rumoured to be considering
a jump to the fledgling promotion. Names like
Gallows and Anderson, Revival, Zack Ryder
and Dolph Ziggler have all been thrown around,
but one of the biggest names in WWE could
also be on that list.
On a recent edition of Wrestling Observer
Radio, someone emailed in and asked if there
were any WWE contracts coming up soon that
could move across to All Elite Wrestling.
And while he didn’t confirm that an offer
had been made, the one name Dave Meltzer mentioned
was AJ Styles.
It’s been known for some time now that AJ’s
WWE contract is up very soon – having debuted
for the company in the 2016 Royal Rumble.
Meltzer speculates that of all the guys in
the wrestling world at the moment, there is
no one with more leverage with negotiating
a deal than AJ Styles saying, “AJ Styles’
contract is up pretty soon, and [The Young
Bucks are] good friends with AJ. I will say
this: AJ has a lot of leverage right now.
He’s a key guy. All Elite would offer him
a great deal for sure and an easier schedule
for sure.”
This stems from interviews that Chris Jericho
has given since his signing with AEW saying
it was the best deal he’s ever had in his
entire career – allowing him to still work
with New Japan Pro Wrestling and do a follow
up to his Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea this
year. It also ties into Tony Khan and Cody’s
comments about giving their wrestlers a lighter
and less taxing road schedule so they can
spend more time with their families. Meltzer
continued, “AJ at his age – he’s 41 – if
he wants an easier schedule and have more
hometime he’s going to get it from Vince [McMahon]
or AEW. If he doesn’t get it from Vince, he
is going to get it from AEW. There is no one
in a better position right now than AJ Styles
– apart from Kenny Omega, maybe.”
Meltzer has very much been on the inside of
All Elite Wrestling since its rumours and
announcement, so it shouldn’t go unnoticed
that of all the names he could have mentioned
or not mentioned, it was AJ Styles’ that
he brought up.
What are the politics of WWE’s relationships
with the likes of wXw, Progress, Evolve and
others? Click the link right now to check
out James Dixon’s brilliant
article. I’ve been Luke Owen and that was

100 thoughts on “AEW WANT AJ STYLES?! New WWE Tournament Announced! | WrestleTalk News Jan. 2019”

  1. I hope aj leaves if I'm aj I tell Vince if I am not the highest paid wrestler in wwe history then fuck you cause aj has all the power

  2. Honestly what really matters is Omega Vs Styles 123, it's the real dream match and the match itself would be the biggest draw ever, wether it happen on WWE or AEW, the legendary match between then needs to happen in our era! It's gonna be the legit Greatest match of all time if done properly. Hyped!

  3. I want to be Stella Maxwell's next girlfriend guess what it is not happening can you please stop eating everything they say then publishing it get a tv deal first go up on mondays vs wwe remember Tna did that and failed

    these guys need to worry about tna roh and new japan way before they start anything with a company with enough pull and money to destroy them

  4. AJ wants to retire soon. He'd likely finish his run with WWE.

    Then again, he just signed a short-term contract with WWE so there is every possibility we'll see AJ in AEW just before he hangs up his gloves.

  5. Youtube Commentator Rick

    I'm a WWE loyalist but honestly Vince just won't be able to compete money wise against the Khan's, and so he should step aside and let HHH take over.

  6. If aj styles still lost to daniel bryan at the royal rumble, then I wanna see styles go to aew after that 😁😁😁 not only styles but also karl anderson, luke gallows and finn balor as well 😁😁😁

  7. The three examples you gave from the cookbook are currently inactive… I wonder how many involve active stars, rather than leaning heavily on their former glory days?

  8. Last time I checked wwe has a contract, if when they sign they'll own all the brand with respect to wrestler. So aj styles brand is owned by wwe….
    Edit: even if he leaves he won't get his name and brand that's on his merc….

  9. Do they have the financial heft to match his WWE contract money? And the money he’d lose (at least temporarily) from merch sales

  10. ok I have been watching/following wrestling for over 40 years now (except for some time in the 2000's:John Cena being shoved down our throat), who the hell is Dave Meltzer and how does he know all this $hit???

  11. Vince might not have much common sense these days but he definitely knows just how vital & valuable AJ is to WWE!!! Whatever AJ wants from WWE such as a reduced schedule, hopefully WWE will have no problem providing it for him!!! No way do I wanna see AJ leave WWE as that would just be simply gut-wrenching!!!

  12. That sounds like a amazing way to make a tournament, gives the matches alot of stake for the battle royal gets a by into the second round!!!

  13. First it was TNA. Then it was Lucha Underground. Now it's AEW. Time for people to learn, no one is taking down WWE, that dream died 17 years ago.

  14. AJ Styles is doing very well in WWE dispite him being a 'smaller guy' especially from TNA. He could move if AEW were to offer him fewer working dates

  15. AEW needs to get some massive names that are being misused in WWE, Samoa joe, Styles (if you ask me they could have done alot more with him), finn Balor, Roode, dillinger and alot of the cruiserweights.
    The revival, New day, ascension
    Sasha banks

  16. I hope kenny omega, Styles and Nakamura go to AEW. Same money, better and historical matches since if they go, it will automatically be a huge company and that would be the first EVER roster for the company when we look back in the future , NFL level healthcare, less road time so they get to be with their family more, 5* matches, at this point i literally have no idea how they could sign with WWE. They lie to superstars from the beginning about their direction, misuse and roadkill them.
    Plus you get to have Justin roberts announce you and JR commentate your matches, those two things literally get a superstar over lol.

  17. Wow..crazy steve back to impact. I love impact keep bringing dark character. And it's gonna be a serious war between the 2 brand if AEW can get AJ Styles 😈

  18. take everybody except for aj styles. i know it's hard to believe but aj is actually the best thing in wwe and they treat him as such. wwe does not care about shinsuke or asuka. these people are amazing.

  19. AEW will fail. Ok…maybe not totally fail (they will probably have some measure of success) but they will not take down WWE. They can get AJ Styles, Festus and that other guy, Finn Balor and Kevin Owens and WWE would still survive. Why? Because none of those guys are super mega stars who are household names who transcend wrestling. You could say these guys have a billionaire investing in them…didn’t TNA have that energy corp backing them? They brought in WWE’s big names and still couldn’t get the job done. Wrestling is dead. It’s deader than a doorknob which is why barely anyone watches now. These guys are too little and about a decade too late.

  20. I literally don't care what's going on in WWE right now. I always skip WWE parts and if it's only about WWE like RAW and SD LIVE reviews I don't watch

  21. If aew gets aj styles, finn balor, kenny omega and somehow god descends from the heavens with cm punk in his right hand… vince mchman might as well dig himself a grave

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  23. Imagine if Styles went to AEW, if that happened i would LOVE to see the look on faces of the jackasses that says WWE has more money so that means it's the best!

  24. I am really excited to see AEW been burned out on WWE for awhile now seeing them bury some good ppl and to see the same ppl wrestle every week they don’t have the story lines like they used to either. So I hope a lot of the WWE superstars that was good in other places can go and be great again. Any one else agree with me?

  25. WWE does great with its production and various infrastructures across the globe, too bad the product itself, especially on the main shows, suck ass.

  26. WWE wont let any of them wrestlers go & if AEW approach AJ Styles & any WWE star they will sue AEW for illeagal approaching their talent by common law

  27. I don’t think AJ is in it for the $$$ I think it’s his legacy he cares about leaving WWE only after 3-4 years as the top guy will ensure he doesn’t get into the HOF the McMahon Ego won’t let it happen & AEW isn’t likely going to be around long

  28. If Styles does go to AEW, imagine all the matches and rematches he could have.
    Vs Kenny Omega (possibly), Christopher Daniels, Pac/Neville, Hangman Page, Cody Rhodes, etc.


  30. I’m 50/50 if Aj should leave , he done really well in the WWE but it would also be so exciting to see him in AEW us another name his joining would really help them grow

  31. i hope AJ goes to AEW and add a AEW World Championship to his legendary resume, AEW will offer him alot of money plus a light schedule so AJ can be with his family 👍💕

  32. 1:13 trade mark Worlds Collide… Did they pay AAA to can use it? Remember the Pay-Per-View of them call ¨When Worlds Collide¨.

  33. New wrestler to be added confirmed as Shane McMahon Best In The World entered into the event known as the Worlds Collide Tournament To determine the collidiest in the world

  34. What about KO and Sami zayne return?
    I watched raw on Hulu the next day, so if that happened I didn't see it. It's a shortened version.

  35. Cant wait for aew but impact could really care less about news from them. They just need to stop and tell there ppl good luck somewhere else

  36. "Meltzer speculates" translates to "Dave made up something off the top of his head and next thing you know, everyone is going to be saying it's a fact that whatever 'it' is is going to happen for sure" .

  37. Theres a few big names having contract end soon , AJ Styles , Nakamura', Ziggler , Ryder , samoa Joe ._from Impact Johnny Mundo , Moose and Eli Drake ._lucha underground Pentagon jr , Fenix , Brian Cage ._..AEW could be a huge threat to WWE in the next 2 years

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