The plan headed into the weekend was for AJ Styles to beat Bully Ray for the TNA Championship Sunday night at Bound for Glory and "leave the company" with the title. Basically, TNA wants to capitalize over the uncertainly of his contract situation and are looking to recreate what WWE had with CM Punk at Money in the Bank a couple years ago.
We're told TNA is hoping to get Styles booked in Japan to "defend the TNA title without the company's permission." So far, Keiji Mutoh's WRESTLE-1 promotion is interested in assisting with the angle but TNA has also reached out to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
I don't feel like I need to remind most of you but this was the plan headed into the weekend. Booking plans are subject to change at any time and we're not reporting this is on the final run sheet. We are reporting these were the plans at one point so do not be surprised if they happen. If TNA deviates from this, plans changed over the weekend.