Following the publication of TNA’s statement regarding AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows reportedly ignoring an existing agreement with TNA, various sites published stories suggesting AJ Styles’s agent Bill Behrens was not involved in the early discussions and rather angry about it. It was also suggested, between the lines, the Behrens was the one who ultimately pushed his client towards WWE. Behrens has now issued his own statement, clarifying the TNA situation and his involvement in it:
“No contract was ever finalized nor signed by the parties.
That I would need to be involved in the contract process was known by TNA prior to my involvement and understood by them.
TNA and its 1st lawyer did not present in a timely fashion a contract that accurately reflected previous discussions at all. That created great concern tied to past experiences. In that time and prior there was other interest and there were other firm offers on the table and other discussions.
TNA was aware of other interest and various conflicts. TNA was aware a final contract was required. It was creating that contract and controlled that timetable. Too much time passed early on. Other things came into play. No contract was ever finalized with TNA.
To suggest I make any decision for my clients is to misunderstand my role and diminish the role each talent has in making their own decisions, and insults the talent in the process.”
Tags: AJ Styles, Bill Behrens, TNA, WWE