Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Sep 15, 2013
Austin Aries Speaks Out – Retiring, Nash Criticism, More

Austin Aries Speaks Out – Retiring, Nash Criticism, More

The following are highlights from a recent v2 Wrestling interview with TNA Impact Wrestling star Austin Aries:

On his on-air character: “You know, I find it funny that all the people that follow wrestling, people like yourselves, that they all kind of use the terms babyface and heel, and good guy or bad guy, because I don’t look at life like that and i don’t look at wrestling like that. I’m pretty much who I am, and I’m not everybody’s flavour, and I’m kind of polarising and some people like me and some people don’t. And just like everybody in life, some days I come to work and I’m not in a good mood, and some days I come to work and I’m in a great mood. And i think that’s like everybody. Nobody walks through life as a pure babyface per se or a pure heel, we all have shades of grey, and there’s some days we’re a little better than others, and some days we’re a little more ornery. And I think that I just embody that. I think Austin Aries is pretty consistent when he’s on the screen. I don’t think my attitude has changed a whole lot, other than letting people know that if you wanna cheer me, go right ahead. I’m not gonna stop you. Tell the people who make decisions what you want to see. Tell them who you wanna see on camera and in the ring.”

On his previous TNA run: “Eveybody likes to speculate that me and Austin Starr are somehow related. I always say that that guy never had a tattoo. I’ve watched all of his footage, the guy’s mildly entertaining, never really had a whole lot to sink his teeth into, but i certainly enjoyed him in the Kevin Nash Invitational Battle Royale, I’ll tell you that much.”

On whether Kevin Nash helped or hurt the X Division: “Kevin Nash is a recognisable name, and he was obviously someone they brought in because of who he was. And for him to hang out with us, you’ve got to understand that we had a blast. I had a blast working with Kevin, and if you go back and watch some of the Paparazzi (Productions) skits that I’ve seen, those guys all look like they’re having a great time. I think Kevin was doing what he could to help give the X Division guys at that time a little more personality and bring some of that out, and Kevin’s a great guy to do that because he’s full of personality.”

On his feelings about the wrestling industry: “I’ve been doing this so long now as a job and a profession that – it’s not that I don’t appreciate professional wrestling, but – it’s not something I do in my spare time. I have a lot of other things I enjoy doing, so when I’m done with work I kind of put it away. That doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally catch some other wrestling on television or Youtube, but there was such a long part of my life where I was really consumed with it, where it was all I thought about, and I just think as my career has progressed and as I have matured and the perspective of all this has changed a little bit, now it’s more of a job. That doesn’t mean I don’t love my job and have passion for my job, it’s just not something I spend a lot of my free time doing.”

On meeting the fans: “I think there’s a balance of fan interaction. I think sometimes there can be a little too much interaction. I know when I was a kid, the mystique of wrestlers and stuff was something that was kind of big, and if I got to hang out with them all the time i think that mystique can be lost. You’ve got to be careful not to over-expose and over-saturate (access to the wrestlers), because it loses that specialness.”

On his future: “I still feel that I perform at a level where I’ve got another ten years in me before I even start to think about maybe transitioning into something behind the scenes, but I’ve always been interested in the creative process of wrestling. I think that’s a part of what has helped me excel, because there’s a lot of guys who athletically are as gifted as I am, so I think it’s the mental aspect of the game that has helped me achieve the success that I have.”

On how close he came to retirement in 2011: “I had made the decision (to retire). It was just one of those situations where I didn’t feel that I was getting back what I was putting in. I didn’t want to be a prisoner to the world of wrestling; I didn’t want to be a guy who was trying to hustle every weekend and do a convention. I didn’t want to be Randy The Ram in 10, 20 years. I felt at that point of my life I was ok with transitioning into something else, and I’d stopped taking bookings and had nothing on my schedule, and before that really sunk in I got a call from TNA offering me the opportunity to come down there for an X Division qualifying match. and I figured, well why not take one more pay day, that certainly can’t hurt!”

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16 Responses to “Austin Aries Speaks Out – Retiring, Nash Criticism, More”

  1. DirkB says:

    I still find it unbelievable that Aries was so close to walking away from wrestling, he can perform at the highest level for any company. TNA lucked out in the end, I just hope they can keep hold of him, with the way things have changed in WWE he'd fit right in.

  2. Leg Drop Jobber says:

    Top act on today's scene. I happen to think he could thrive in any company.

    • quote_the_raven says:

      yes he could thrive in any company except the E… they would bury him simply because of his size and thats a shame, Aries is one of the best performers in wrestling today.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        have you not watched WWE lately? Two of their biggest names are Aries size..he's got everything they have..he'd fit in fine in WWE.

        • OldManEaston says:

          You are wasting your breath Big Mike, it is quite obvious they don't watch WWE. Seems like you run into these type of "fans" more than not. Everyone has an opinion about the "other" company whether or not they even know a damn thing about it. It drives wrestling fans like me crazy sometimes (not just a TNA or WWE fan), but that is the way it is.

      • Mr. Excitement says:

        Rey Mysterio is small. He's one of their top stars. Currently injured I believe.
        Daniel Bryan is small. He's also one of their top stars. Crowd goes nuts for him.

  3. Philly_Cheese says:

    Finally someone says how it really is… There are no babyface or heels anymore, it's all shades of grey, and until the writers at TNA get that the company is always going to lack. You need to let the wrestlers be what they want to be… Anderson wants to be an asshole, Aries just wants to be well Aries. The fans are past the idea of the good guy vs the bad guy.

    • Peckar says:

      As long as you have oldschool guys calling the shots, nothing will change. The new era of wrestling looks to be characters like Aries and Anderson, but until someone gives them a little more free reign it will be much of the same ol shit.

    • ricky_No1 says:

      Very true. The wrestlers who get the biggest pop from the fans are the ones allowed to be themselves. Stone cold steve austin and the rock are two good examples of this.

    • tnadude says:

      I actually agree with you that the landscape has changed. Anderson is a great a$$hole, and Aries is great as, well Aries. Both should be allowed to be themselves.

      BUT – that doesn't mean the inmates can run the asylum either. Most guys don't have larger-than-life characters, and need to be given gimmicks (which, in turn means babyface or heel MOST of the time). If you don't believe me, spend an hour watching an episode of ROH and you'll understand what happens when virtually nobody has a character (Briscoes and Steen being notable exceptions).

      The truth is that the bookers need to do a better job of matching characters and creating gimmicks that fit the individual.

      News flash – I don't watch WWE – but it's been pretty clear over the last 30 years (I used to be a WWF fan) that VKM and company have mastered this art. It's also been pretty clear that nobody else has.

      If TNA wants to take WWE head-on – they'll need to do better here.

  4. Aj james says:

    I want Aries to stay in Tna but if you think of the competion he would have in Wwe.

    For example Wrestlemania Triple Threat For the Wwe title Cm Punk v Daniel Bryan v Austin Aries??

    Austin Aries v Dolph Ziggler? Plus all other talents on the roster.

  5. Euphoria says:

    Wwe would bury him

  6. annil8or4321 says:

    he is such an excellent performer in ring and out he would have an amazing run in any company, just like styles

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