It's contract time for several WWE Superstars, including one of the biggest on WWE's blue brand.
Fightful.com was informed by two sources that former WWE Champion AJ Styles is currently negotiating a new contract with WWE after nearly three years with the company. We've been told that he wants a reduced schedule that resembles that of Randy Orton's where he'd work television and limited live event dates.
We were only able to get one of the sources to confirm that Styles and WWE were discussing a new three-year deal, and that Styles had advocated dropping the WWE Title recently because of the time he spent away from his family over the past year. Needless to say, Styles knows he has plenty of options outside of WWE if he opts to go that route.
Fightful has had contact with several wrestlers throughout 2018 in regards to WWE's deals with Saudi Arabia and Australia and how those huge individual paydays will affect contract negotiations moving forward. The new television rights deals, Smackdown moving to Fridays and other topics are often broached when discussing this, as many stars are expecting big pay bumps or schedule reductions.