AJ Styles had a highly successful and influential career in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling). His time in TNA spanned over a decade, during which he became one of the promotion’s most popular and decorated wrestlers. Styles joined TNA in its early years, quickly establishing himself as a cornerstone of the company.
He showcased his remarkable athleticism, technical abilities, and innovative moves, earning him the nickname “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. His matches against the likes of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and Sting are regarded as some of the best in TNA history. After a successful and influential run in TNA, Styles decided to part ways with the promotion in 2013.
At the time, the details surrounding Styles’ departure were kept relatively confidential. During his appearance on Corey Graves’ “After the Bell” podcast,” Styles disclosed the reason why he left TNA. “When I worked at TNA, the reason why that fell apart is because they wanted me to do the same amount of work but wanted me to take less money. And I didn’t feel that was right, because I always did everything to the best of my ability,” Aj described.
The Phenomenal One further stated that he represented TNA well. However, it doesn’t work when they cut you for the bad mistakes you’ve made. Moreover, AJ concluded by saying that you are supposed to get rewarded for your hard work, citing his work in TNA.
Following his departure from TNA, Styles began to explore opportunities in other wrestling promotions around the world. He made appearances in Japan’s New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and other independent promotions, gaining exposure.
AJ Styles WWE vs TNA salary comparison
In 2016, AJ Styles made his much-anticipated debut in WWE, joining the company’s main roster. His arrival in WWE marked a significant milestone and brought him global recognition on the biggest stage in professional wrestling. Styles’ WWE tenure has been highly successful, as he captured numerous championships. And continued to deliver memorable matches and storylines.
Speaking of the earnings, reports suggest Styles is compensated by WWE way more than he was during his TNA career. As per sources, when AJ became a top star in TNA, his salary was said to be $300-350k as per his contract. Later, Styles signed a multi-year deal with the WWE, with a reported salary of $500k a year.
Fightful Select is reporting that AJ Styles has re-signed with WWE, which extends his contract for several more years. He will be earning more than $3 million per year. pic.twitter.com/5UZL70mCa2
— Uncensored Wrestling 🇮🇪 (@Uncensored_WWE) February 22, 2022
Furthermore, after over three years in the company, The Phenomenal One’s salary increased to an amount of over $1-3 million. Apart from his salary, Styles reportedly receives a decent amount from PPV payouts and merchandise sales in WWE. Therefore, it’s fair to say that WWE realized Styles’ value as a performer, which he didn’t feel TNA did.