AJ Styles Involved in Altercation with a Fan during TNA Live Event
According to Chris Cushman of PWTorch, A.J Styles was involved in an altercation with a fan during TNA’s live event in Aiken, South Carolina this past weekend.
Styles was set to face Bobby Roode but before the match could happen there was a chain of events that many were left puzzled if it was part of the show or real.
Next was A.J. Styles vs. Bobby Roode. The interesting thing about this match occurred before the match started. As Roode was outside drawing heat from a fan, Styles heard something from an obnoxious fan sitting at ringside. He then quickly ran out of the ring, got in the fan’s face, and brought a chair over for the fan to use to get over the railing. When the fan pushed the chair away, Styles got pissed and shoved the fan. They then exchanged words as Styles got back in the ring. Styles, still pissed, got back out the ring, hopped the rail and headed to the actual exit of the building, apparently challenging the guy to a fight outside. But, even with the fans daring the fan to fight, the guy wanted no part of it.
Styles would go on to defeat Bobby Roode with his the calf killer submission. It was reported that even after all the pre-match activity they went on to have the match of the night.
TNA is known for using “plants” (people position in the crowd to help get storylines or spots over) so it’s hard to tell if this was a set-up to help push Styles new loose cannon loner gimmick or if this was an actual altercation between Styles and a fan. Given the company’s history the incident will be swept under the rug and never addressed in the media.