Let me just let you guys know: I own my name. That’s how I’ve been able to use it no matter where I’ve been. But, I’ve given permission for WWE to use it as long as I’m with them. Therefore, it’s their property as long as I’m under contract.
Again, as I said before, WWE wants us to interact with you, the fans, we (as far as I know) can continue using our work names. But it doesn’t matter to me. I can be whatever. I can be Allen Jones or Styles Clash, whatever – it’s not that big of a deal.
He has wrestled under the name AJ Styles since 1999 and continued through multiple promotions including Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action, and WWE.