Wednesday, 6 January 2016

AJ Styles And New Japan Stars To Debut In WWE Royal Rumble 2016?

Posted by BAD MAN


AJ Styles and other big name New Japan wrestlers are headed to WWE.

Dave Meltzer is reporting on Wrestling Observer Radio that Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson have agreed their deals but weren’t signed for NXT. They will be main roster stars and could factor in as “surprises” at Royal Rumble.


Meltzer also noted that “They do have a Balor club idea.”

If that was the plan, presumably Balor would be going up the main roster in conjunction with the new group. From a merchandising view, that would be a good money idea.

WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Live Stream

Styles has been pulled from Ring Of Honor dates. He isn’t taking any further bookings going forward. He seems very likely for a debut in the Rumble match. Meltzer states “There will be surprises in the Royal Rumble, that should tell you part of this. Whether that happens or not, it was one of the plans.”

WWE usually doesn’t comment on speculative reports like this, but an article like this has fueled speculation even more. The website’s article says Triple H’s office declined to comment, then added that there has been a lot of interaction between Bullet Club members and Finn Balor, who is the former stable leader and current NXT Champion.

WWE.com posted the following about the group’s history together:

Until recently, Styles, Gallows and Anderson were all part of New Japan’s Bullet Club faction, a stable formerly led by Bálor when he wrestled in Japan under the alias Prince Devitt. For months, Bálor has made it clear that he’s still tight with the Bullet Club members, even tweeting photos of them wearing his “Bálor Club” T-Shirts. On Monday, Bálor stirred the pot again, tweeting an image of Anderson sporting trunks that bore Finn’s “demon” design. Additionally, the official Twitter account for the Bullet Club tweeted the NXT Champion Monday, telling him to keep more Bálor Club shirts on hand in case they need them. That tweet has since been deleted.

Interestingly enough, WWE also made mention that Daniel Bryan had proposed an interpromotional match between himself and Nakamura last year, which has an even better chance of happening if Bryan is cleared, and Nakamura does in fact sign with WWE.

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