This past Saturday, he and ROH champ Nigel McGuinness wrestled in a potential Match Of the Year candidate at the Manhattan Center in New York City (since the match was taped for PPV I won’t spill the beans as to who won).
In case you forgot, it was Aries’ amazing matches in ROH that lead to TNA signing him in the first place. His debut in TNA came after he won an online poll to face Christopher Daniels at TNA: Sacrifice in August 2005 (Aries beat out Matt Sydal, Roderick Strong and Jay Lethal in the poll). His match with Daniels eventually led to him getting signed by the company, however, he never seemed to get a strong enough push to succeed (sound familiar?).
Efforts to repackage Aries into “Austin Starr” also failed and after getting suspended from the company in April 2007 the Wisconsin-native asked for his release.
As you will hear in our in our interview below, Aries has officially moved on from his experience in TNA and is focused on the future. Take a listen as Aries talks about the year to come and even shares his views on the state of the industry.
Austin Aries – 1/1/08
(photo courtesy of Mary Kate Grosso)