TNA Wrestling great AJ Styles is coming to Preston to face the PCW Heavyweight Champion Lionheart, the Evening Post can exclusively reveal.
Lionheart challenged the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion to face him at Preston City Wrestling’s ‘Festive Fury’ on December 6.
But when AJ Styles didn’t attend the event at Evoque in Church Street, fans were left wondering whether the most hotly anticipated match in the company’s history would still go ahead.
Now it has been confirmed the clash between one of the biggest names in the world of professional wrestling and the dominant Scottish star will take place at PCW’s ‘Road to Glory’ event on Saturday, March 1 next year.
The bout will be part of a two day extravaganza beginning on Friday, February 28, which is also set to include appearances from former WWE Superstars Chris Masters and Papa Shango/The Godfather, plus Ring of Honor’s Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis.
TNA is the second biggest wrestling company in America and the most watched promotion in the UK, thanks to its flagship TV show TNA Impact on Freeview channel Challenge.
AJ Styles is the most decorated performer in its history, having wrestled for the promotion since its inception in 2002, during which time he has won 19 titles.
In recent storylines the 36-year-old from Georgia has been at war with TNA president’s Dixie Carter, and walked out of TNA with the promotion’s world heavyweight title, pledging to compete across the globe.
The company officially vacated the title, but he successfully defended the belt in matches in Mexico and Japan, before returning to America.
Styles has today posted online that he is out of contract with the company.
The announcement by PCW ends weeks of speculation as to whether the two would meet.
Last month Lionheart, 30, from Kilmarnock, Scotland, sent Styles a picture of himself on Twitter, with the message “This is how a champion looks... Want to prove me wrong?”
AJ replied “Let’s go!!”, fuelling rumours the duo could be set for a sensational clash.
PCW tweeted it had agreed for Styles to face Lionheart, but said Dixie Carter was trying to block the deal.
At the Festive Fury event Lionheart said Styles was too scared to face him, before provocatively beating title rival El Ligero with AJ Style’s own finishing move, the Styles Clash.
For tickets for Road to Glory, visit www.prestoncitywrestling.com.