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TNA Follows Through With Storyline Plans, AJ Styles "Leaves" As Champion

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TNA Wrestling followed through with the storyline plans we first reported on Premium on this week's episode of Impact. After beating Bully Ray in a rematch for the TNA title, AJ Styles turned down Dixie Carter's contract offer and "walked out as champion."

We ran the story prior to Bound for Glory (See also -Major Swerve In The Plans To End TNA Bound For Glory – Who It Involves & What The Company Wants You To Believe When The Show Has Ended), reporting the idea was to put Styles over Bully Ray at the pay-per-view and have him "leave" the company. It was described to me as an attempt to try and recreate what WWE did with CM Punk a couple of years ago.

The plan when we first uncovered it was for Styles to defend the TNA title outside of TNA. We heard Keiji Mutoh’s WRESTLE-1 promotion was interested in assisting but that TNA had also reached out to New Japan Pro Wrestling. It was clear then that TNA wanted the title to be defended in Japan.

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