Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on May 16, 2013
Austin Aries ‘Severely Fined’ For Sexual Harassment

Austin Aries ‘Severely Fined’ For Sexual Harassment

Austin Aries was fined over his incident with Christy Hemme on last week’s iMPACT! Wrestling. To recap, Aries was coming out to the ring for his tag team match and Hemme screwed up the ring intro. Aries then backed Hemme into a corner and climbed the second rope, putting his crotch in Hemme’s face. When asked about it on Twitter, Hemme called the incident “unacceptable” while Aries made a joke about it on the social media site.

Since then, both Spike TV and Dixie Carter condemned the incident and said it would be dealt with. Now, TMZ reports that Aries privately apologized to Hemme and acknowledged that it was over the line. TNA has fined Aries, though it is unclear how much.

Hemme has spoken with TNA and said she was “satisfied” with Aries’ apology.

Here is the full report from

TNA wrestler Austin Aries was hit with a “severe fine” by the organization this week after he went off the script during a recent live event and shoved his man bits into a female announcer’s face, TMZ has learned.

The unscripted crotch-thrusting went down earlier this month on “Impact Wresting” … when Aries became upset at announcer Christy Hemme for calling him the wrong name during his ring intro.

Hemme was clearly upset during the junk attack … and afterward, she even tweeted about the incident … calling it “unacceptable.”

But sources tell us … Aries — real name Daniel Solwold, Jr. — reached out to Hemme and privately apologized, acknowledging he crossed the line.

TNA also came down hard on Aries and slapped the wrestler with a fine — it’s unclear how much cash Aries will have to fork over.

As for Hemme, we’re told she has spoken with TNA officials and told them she was “satisfied” with Aries’ apology.

Wrestling … it just got REAL, SON!!

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39 Responses to “Austin Aries ‘Severely Fined’ For Sexual Harassment”

  1. Jon says:

    Given TNA's pay scale for the majority of talent, a "hefty fine" might not buy two happy meals.

  2. Tiffanydude says:

    ………."Crotch Thrusting"? He stood over her on the Turnbuckle and did his pose!!! There was no Thrusting!!!!!
    Wrestling is losing their Bawlz

    • xenocea says:

      It's not just wrestling, but it's this dam world and today's society is what the problem is.

      • andy3323 says:

        +1….read a report locally where I live about a school bus being pulled over because two kids were fighting, cops were called, etc…..acted like there has never been a couple of school kids get in a fight or as if there had been a brutal stabbing……too dang sensitive and waiting to be the victim nowadays.

    • jbcissom says:

      And this is why this situation is bad… TMZ…. SMH… It's journalism like this that is making the world go to Hell in a Handbag at record speeds.

    • GuitarGuruXXX says:

      Thrusting is more than just making a "stabbing" like motion. To force on an unwilling or improper recipient is another meaning of thrust…which is exactly what he did.

      Matters none. He got fined. Lucky that he didnt get fired.

    • Sturk says:

      wrestling lost its good ol nut sack starting when WWE wanted to be an entertainment company. TNA is also run like an entertainment company and not a wrestling company. They also answer to tv execs who are in the entertainment business. So when things like this happen, their has to be apologies like when Bully Ray called the fan a fag.

      • soyfenomenal says:

        Bully shouldn't have had to apologize, nor should he have been disciplined in any way. It was a moment when TV cameras weren't even rolling. It had nothing to do with TNA or Spike. People need to fuck off this "politically correct" shit.

  3. kevinroulette says:

    i really dont think its bad . hes a heel and was being a heel. if he did push hes junk in her face thats one thing. i didnt see that

  4. Roid Master says:

    I'm a big A Double fan, but he was out of line and deserved to get fined. It was an act of passive-aggression, no matter how people try to justify it or dismiss it. Whether there was a thrust or not is irrelevant. He knew what he was doing and he violated her personal space. I'm glad to hear that he manned up and apologized.

  5. Philly_Cheese says:

    Obviously AA got carried away in the situation, and had later apologized for it (which is common in the industry, as many get so caught up in character they do stuff they wouldn't normally do). Unfortunately though it seems some outside of Hemme and Aries took this personally and went out of their way to make it an issue for TNA and Spike. Seems like to me, the ONLY reason Aries got fined is because people pressured for Aries to be punished in some way.

  6. Laker says:

    I going to stop watching TNA if Aries quits because of this incident

  7. soyfenomenal says:

    pussies christ almighty.

  8. DJBIGCG says:

    I bet his tna fine was 25 dollars

  9. Treck says:

    A work

  10. Steven kelly says:

    Hm wonder if in new contracts tna stars have to leave their balls at the door or does tna cut them off for free. Bunch of pansy ass corn fed pussies

  11. hangers says:

    Aries is being wasted at the moment along with roode, storm and bad influence they should be headlining cards rather than being mid-card whilst the a&8's continue to drive away viewers..

    • tnadude says:

      The problem with Aries, Roode, and Bad Influence is they're heels, and Aces & 8s are the dominant heel group. Unless they're going to feud heels v. heels (doesn't make sense here either), there's little for them at the moment. Yet they're still getting air time and are over with the fans, so it's actually a win.

      Storm, is stuck in neutral for some bizarre reason. It boggles my mind that he's not the #1 face going against Aces & 8s.

      • hangers says:

        They are much more watchable than pretty much anything with the A&8's at the moment. The last couple of episodes I've enjoyed their matches and goings on far more than hearing Bully spout crap to the troops in a segment between every other matchup.

        Also, is it just me or does AJ look like Roddy Piper at the moment..

  12. godoftna says:

    Despite the announcement, one has to wonder if he'll truly be fined or not. This is basically damage control on TNA and Spike TV's part. Since Hemme tweeted the incident, TNA and Spike need to "make good" so as not to get hit with massive amounts of bad press. As sad as the whole situation is, and despite the fact that Aries has since personally apologized to Hemme, an apology that she readily accepted, TNA and Spike are answerable to their sponsors. If the sponsors don't like what they see, or don't want their product associated with a company that allows acts such as that to happen, then TNA loses money and Spike loses money.

  13. Ultimate_X says:

    this is ridiculous, they need to drop the ******* feminist **** and grow up, there was no harassment, he saved his slot on the show by making a joke of it, a slot which without his intervention would have looked awful and poorly done, not what you want from a company striving to make it to the top! aries helped tna by making it less awkward and taking away from christy's AWFUL mistake, the whole thing has been blown way out of proportion!

  14. ariesstormjoe says:

    wasnt a crotch thrust what so ever. however from the private apology aries made he and christy appear to be fine with what happened. its done.

    without madden the spike tv exec wouldnt have got involved. and then i dont think aries would have got fined for it.

    this world has too many idiots in charge. time for a change.

    • jbcissom says:

      The last time the U.S.A. cried for "change" the champion of PC-ness was elected into office. Be careful what you wish for.

      Meanwhile, if anyone hasn't, they need to watch Idiocracy.

  15. Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

    When Aries did it she should have hit him in the crotch and yelled at him "Slap Nutz!"

    • jbcissom says:

      No… even better… remember the old Mortal Kombat "Whoopsie" dude… have a Jeff Jarrett version yelling "Slap Nutz!"

  16. I_Post_Comments says:

    I feel bad for Christy but I dont beleive it was a "sexual Harassment" case thats a little too far..
    I didnt see what happened and when i heard sexual harassment i thought there was a backstage incident where he grabbed her ass or something or said something explicitly inappropriate but the response fit aries character.

    Im just going to miss aries now as he was a great competetor and hes prolly not going to get any screen time now.. like Alex riley

  17. hangers says:

    Replace Hemme with someone much cheaper who can do the same job, easy..

    • JoeWrestling says:

      That may eventually happen. Look how they cut back on referee costs, and how they cut back on house shows, have JB do everything.

      • jbcissom says:

        Are you guys really that ignorant to what goes on backstage and outside of the wrestling ring? Christy Hemme is basically the KOs executive for everything outside of the ring. Val is a producer backstage now and basically Hemme's assistant. JB is heavily involved with the company in marketing, half of the time he's not at Impact! anymore… he's halfway across the country promoting new events.

        Hemme isn't a Lilian Garcia wanna-be… she does a lot of things that not alot of people recognize.

        • hangers says:

          Id trade in Val and Brooke any day of the week for some new KO's and some decent booking. As for Hemme, being the highest paid KO who doesn't even wrestle is a slap in the face for the girls (other than James).. Yes, she does more than announce but she's also paid very well for her services..

  18. josieamy says:

    Congratulations TNA. It might not be the popular course of action, but it was correct. Aries crossed the line in an unscripted bit. If it was scripted….no problem. Aries is my favourite wrestler, and the idea to cover up hemmes mistake was great, he just implemented it poorly. He made a mistake, apologised, will take his seven lashes and move on. Lets be real, wrestling or not, it was not an appropriate act for an unscripted bit.

  19. whatsup121 says:

    What TNA should do is take the fined money and donate it towards a sexual harassment organization or something to do with sexual exploitation of woman etc. rather than just pocked the money, having so good come out of this uninformative incident that even TMZ covered .

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