AJ Styles reportedly signed a multi-million dollar contract with WWE.
It was recently reported that Styles signed a new multi-year contract with WWE. In an update, Fightful Select reports that Styles landed more than $3 million per year when all was said and done.
Styles also had some additional bus travel accommodations paid for by WWE with this new contract.
A WWE source noted that Styles “deserved every penny” and that he would “easily make that back for the company.”
Styles’ original WWE contract was set to expire in the spring/summer and would have had him hit free agency for the first time since leaving NJPW before he signed with WWE in January 2016. WWE officials expected Styles to have plenty of suitors, and word is that as was the case with some other big names in the company, WWE wanted to get AJ’s deal extended before he could even hit free agency and talk to any other promotions.
Styles is said to be very happy in WWE, and has mentioned in multiple interviews how he’d like to work for WWE when his in-ring career is over. He recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman last month about signing a new deal with WWE.
“It was easy. I want to be here, this is the place for me,” AJ said. “If they let me I will retire here, I hope to work in WWE in some capacity when I retire. I enjoy what I do.”
Styles also talked to Hausman about what he would like to do after his in-ring career, admitting that a role similar to that of WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels would be great.
“I would love to have that opportunity. I love to see people be successful, and having a hand in that to me, it would probably be the best thing I could do in my career. But, I don’t that I’ll get that opportunity, I am just saying,” he said.
Styles has been a key part of the WWE main roster since his debut with the company six years ago at the Royal Rumble 2016 pay-per-view. Styles has done it all for WWE, shining as a main event star/WWE Champion, mid-card star and tag team performer.
The future WWE Hall of Famer had the fortunes of facing The Undertaker in the latter’s final wrestling match. They faced off in a cinematic “Boneyard” bout for Day 1 of WrestleMania 36, which The Phenom won. Styles is just one of 15 Grand Slam Champions in WWE history, and he’s also part of the promotion’s Triple Crown club (WWE, Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion).