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    MP had a good article with an interview with Austin Aries. He had some good things to say including a couple that echoed what I have said recently. Like how letting go talent opens the door for new talent to keep things fresh for some fans. And how one of the things TNA is doing right is letting characters move away from the traditional face or heel character and explore the grey areas. How their characters can be more like real people who are neither all good or all bad but are one of the many shades of grey. I hope whoever is in charge going forward realize how great A Double is and listen to what he has to say.

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    Austin Aries is an interesting one to me.

    He's truly superb at every aspect of the business, but I have so much trouble taking him seriously when he's standing in the ring with a guy like Bully Ray.

    He's a guy that, if they treated right, they could make a true draw, but they just don't seem interested.

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    Austin Aries has all the tool of Fergal Devitt. If they had given him someone like Knox or Gallows as a heavy he could have touched the stars and while he would have looked like he was in serious trouble with Bubba Ray Hansen over there, he could have pulled off. He cuts a great promo, he can get serious heat when he wants to.
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    Austin Aries

    Austin Aries left the WWE a few months back, and his no-compete clause is probably about to run out. That said, he's obviously been with and left what was TNA before now, and at nearly forty years of age I'm not sure he's going to jump right back in there and main event. Besides, it's not like GFW is going to be the most appealing prospect for anybody, and if he's saved any money you might just want to avoid that hassle anyway. If he is as difficult to work with as reports suggest they might not be willing to fork out their limited cash on him, either.

    So, does that mean that Aries is done at the top level? And if so what does that mean for his career overall?

    I've always been a fan of his. But I think you've got his RoH work, and a very strong first couple of years in TNA that you can make a case for. I never had a problem with him being the one to finally defeat Bobby Roode, as in terms of the roster and popularity at the time he was one of the people who made the most sense. But I don't think they had a good handle on what to do with him as champion, and I certainly think that having had him win the big one, transitioning to Hardy so quickly made very little sense. In fact, with a few bumps in the road, I'd say the trajectory has generally been downwards from that moment. Which I guess for me means that for all of his talent, five years of his peak haven't really delivered on the man's great potential.


    So what's next? Return to RoH? A stint in Japan? Or do you think he'll crop up in either WWE or GFW again?

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    I think he'll bounce around for a while before settling down somewhere for a notable run somewhere. Where is anyone's guess, honestly. I don't see him doing anything extended in Japan, but I could see him becoming notable in ROH or possibly someplace like EVOLVE. I think he's got a few classics left in him, but as you say at 40 years old it gets harder to say. Big fan though.

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    I don't think he has bad blood with WWE and I could see him returning in some capacity in the future. I'm sure he figured he's got a good few years left where he can make good money on the indys so might as well take advantage of it.

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    Did people think he was good on commentary? If so he could come back to that role over time.

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    Seems like Aries is doing quite well for himself financially, based on this tweet: https://twitter.com/AustinAries/stat...02093738680322. Maybe that's what he's looking to do now as his prime years are winding down.

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    Well good for him! I'm a little surprised he can make that kind of scratch but awesome if so. Will have to check out some of whatever he gets up to.

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    I imagine that is, in part, because we're massively exaggerating what the WWE are paying the guys on NXT/205 Live. I would have thought that only the top guys on the main roster earn real superstar money.

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    Still, the fact that it's a steady paycheck has got to be worth something. That's harder to do when you have to hustle and negotiate for every booking.

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    That all depends on the person and their prior situations. I took a year off full-time employment to do my own thing freelancing, and while I worked harder to get a steady flow of work and made about 30% less money in the same timeframe compared to my previous full-time job, I was a lot happier to do that compared to the previous 5 years of working for someone else. There's often a lot less B.S. to deal with when you work on your own.

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    Plus, does he have to hustle that much for a paycheck? I imagine that there are some advantages to being a big fish in small pond. Aries isn't going to have a lot of competition at that level - not many people on the independent scene who'll be able to draw better than he will today, I'd have thought. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't get pretty much whatever he asked for.

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    The down side to being out there on your own is that you really have to work to make your money. No guaranteed bookings or money without a contract.

    I think Aries knows that he can go make some money on the indies, probably get one more run and make that Pro Wrestling Tees money. Then he can probably come back to WWE in a couple of years as a commentator and earn a steady paycheque to not have to bump.

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    I'd definitely be down with Aries coming back as a commentator. I wish more wrestlers got to try their hand at that in the modern WWE.

    Happiness is definitely a consideration too, and with a guy like Aries yeah, he's probably happy to be back to being his own boss for a while. The only issue is that independent promoters can only pay so much. Even well known companies like PWG are known to pass on guys they feel are too expensive some times, so it can be a double edged sword to be valued on that level financially.

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    I think that Aries could actually be a really good fit as a manager when he hangs it up, too. The bumps he would take wouldn't compare to the stuff he's gone through in the ring and he's got that sneer that could really make for a Bobby Heenan type figure. Austin Aries comes back to WWE as a manager with a chip on his shoulder, to try and use big meatheads to win the titles and get the money, titles and prestige he never had the chance to make in his career? Yeah, I'll pay for that.

    Commentator works too. Certainly got the gift of the gab for it. Only question is whether or not the rumours about his unpopularity backstage are exaggerated or not.

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    Yeah, he's witty and quick on the mic. My main concern is he does seem to have a CM Punk-ish personality and might not be willing to work long term under WWE's ultra-processed commentary system. But how knows how things could change in 5 years?

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    Whatever he does in a few years, Aries is cleaning up in the UK of late. Been wrestling for Defiant Wrestling (where Wade Barrett is the GM figure) and IPW:UK. Taking advantage of the big appetite for independent wrestling that exists over here, and I imagine being paid pretty well for it, too.
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    Yeah, he seems very central for the former WCPW promotion, which is not insignificant. Looking forward to checking out his 2018.

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    Guess he isn't done with Impact. Sounds like he is back in a big way.
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    Have to figure he's champion for a while what with everyone leaving and all

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    He's a good pick for it. He's got a lot of positive history in the company and was a highlight until he left. If someone has to hold down the fort until the roster gets settled again, he's good for it.

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    Really good pick up for TNA. Think he's a real missed opportunity for the WWE. They are really short of this kind of star power on 205 with Enzo and Neville gone. Their loss is Impacts gain I suppose.

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    I'm totally in agreement: along with Roode, Aries was probably the best thing about TNA at their best and he's got to be a rock standing out in an ocean of doubt as the new regime get their ducks in a row.
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    Now they're throwing all the gold at A double!

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    I'm a big Aries fan, but I'm not sure how I feel about this gold collector thing. It feels more like a gimmick than a bunch of companies legitimately deciding Aries is the best guy to hold their belts at the same time. I'm glad he's finding success though!

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    With Alberto El patron apparently fired from the company for no showing some events, what's gonna happen to the main event of Redemption? Is Aries just going to defend the Grand Championship instead?

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    It's currently listed as a Impact World Title match between Aries, Pentagon, and Fenix, which should be a lot of fun, especially since they'll have more than an hour's notice to put it together this time!

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