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NXT Showcase: Austin Aries



Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

This week will be the last week I’m going to do something special for NXT Showcase for a while.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This will be the last special edition of NXT Showcase for a while and I just want to thank my special guests for being a part of it.

My special guest for this week’s NXT Showcase is none other than Wrestlecorp User OriginalSinner.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?

Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a promo that involves a man that is great.

Wrestler: “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” Austin Aries.

Background Information: Austin Aries is billed from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began training under Eddie Sharkey and Terry Fox in 2000 and debuted on November 24, 2000, facing “Sheriff” Johnny Emerald.

He wrestled in the Midwest for several years before his east coast wrestling career was jump-started after he progressed to the finals of the 2004 ECWA Super 8 Tournament, where he was defeated by Christopher Daniels.

From there, he joined Ring of Honor (ROH). He made his ROH main show debut at ROH: Reborn Stage 2 in Chicago Ridge, Illinois on April 24, 2004.

He was scheduled to return at May 22, 2004, Generation Next, to compete in a one night series which would showcase young, upcoming ROH talent. Alex Shelley, however, hand-picked him, along with Roderick Strong and Jack Evans, as members of a new stable (also meant to promote young, upcoming ROH talent) who, instead of earning their spots, would simply take them. The group took the name Generation Next as their own.

On June 16, 2005, Ring of Honor named him the new head trainer at the ROH wrestling school, replacing the former head trainer, CM Punk, who had agreed to a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.

On May 4, 2007, Ring of Honor announced on their website that they had signed a pay-per-view deal with G-Funk Sports and Entertainment. Following the announcement, TNA pulled him and Homicide, both under contracts with TNA, from all Ring of Honor shows.

In July 2005, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) held an Internet poll to select an opponent for the TNA X Division Champion Christopher Daniels on August 14, 2005, at Sacrifice. Billed as an “Internet dream match”, the poll offered voters the choice of him, Roderick Strong, Jay Lethal, and Matt Sydal, none of whom were contracted to TNA of had even appeared with the company on a regular basis in the past.

He won the poll by a landslide and faced Christopher Daniels on TNA Sacrifice. On April 18, 2007, he was suspended for ninety days for bad attitude and was granted his release from TNA.

One month after being granted his release from TNA, he would make his return to Ring of Honor (ROH).

Throughout his ROH career, he became a 2x ROH World Champion and a ROH World Tag Team Champion. He competed with ROH until 2010.

On October 12, 2010, Dragon Gate USA announced that he had signed a contract with the promotion. He made his debu for the promotion on October 29, 2010, at the Bushido: Code of the Warrior pay-per-view, where he was defeated by Open the Dream Gate Champion Masato Yoshino in a non-title match.

On June 9, 2011, it was reported that he had left he had left both Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE Wrestling to reportedly pursue a career outside professional wrestling. He later revealed that he considered retiring from professional wrestling because he didn’t want to be Randy the Ram in 10, 20 years. However, he decided to continue wrestling after receiving an offer from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

On June 16, 2011, on an episode of Impact Wrestling, he made a return to TNA, defeating Jimmy Rave and Kid Kash in a first round match of the X Division Showcase tournament for a contract with the promotion.

On July 10, 2011, at Destination X, he defeated Jack Evans, Low Ki and Zema Ion to win the tournament and earn a contract with TNA.

In his first match on Impact Wrestling since being officially re-signed, he defeated Shannon Moore in a singles match, after hitting him with a steel chain and then pinning him for the victory, thus returning to his A Double character and establishing himself as a heel.

On July 21, 2011, on an episode of Impact Wrestling, he cost Alex Shelley, who had previously confronted him on his win over Shannon Moore, his shot at the X Division Championship. Two weeks later, he defeated Shelley in a singles match.

On August 7, 2011, at Hardcore Justice, he and Shelley competed in a three-way match for the TNA X Division Championship, but were both unable to win the belt from the defending champion, Brian Kendrick.

On August 18, 2011, on an episode of Impact Wrestling, he won an eight-man gauntlet match to earn another shot at the X Division Championship.

Throughout his TNA career, he became a TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a TNA World Tag Team Champion, a 6x TNA X Division Champion, won the 2011 X Division Showcase, and won the 2014 TNA Gold Rush Tournament.

On June 27, 2015, at the Impact Wrestling tapings in Orlando, he wrestled his final match with the company, at least for now, against Rockstar Spud and lost. The stipulation was that if he won, he got to take the “Rockstar” from Spud’s name but if Spud won, he had to leave TNA.

On July 6, 2015, he made his return to Ring of Honor (ROH). He was then announced as the replacement for Roderick Strong in the Vegas Wild Card 6-man tag match on July 17, 2015, alongside Moose and Undisputed ROH World and Television Champion Jay Lethal against Jay Briscoe, Dalton Castle and Kyle O’Reilly.

On January 22, 2016, he debuted in WWE’s developmental branch, NXT, during the February and March tapings, after being introduced by General Manager William Regal. He was then attacked by Baron Corbin before heading into the ring.

He still competes in NXT to this day.


Despite being small, he has everything that a big star needs in wrestling.

My Thoughts: Austin Aries is a great talent. Despite the lack of size, he has a good look for a man his size, he has a great presence in and outside of the ring, he has a great character, he has excellent mic skills, and he’s a excellent wrestler. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived!

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: Austin Aries has always been a star. Dominating the independent scene and ROH, he’s always been at the top of the list of best wrestlers in the world. He had a decent run in TNA, but booking dropped the ball on his World Title reign instead of booking it like his X-Division Title reign. Despite that, he had great matches with Samoa Joe, Alex Shelley, Bobby Roode and AJ Styles. His run in NXT has been lackluster so far because of the emergence of Shinsuke Nakamura, I still believe “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” will be a star in WWE.

Video: This video contains a promo from Austin Aries on April 1, 2016.

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: It’s an alright promo by “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”.

My Thoughts: This was a great promo from Austin Aries who just made his debut on NXT Dallas. This was a post-match promo after his win over Baron Corbin at NXT Dallas.

Austin Aries talks about how people love and hate him, but it doesn’t matter to him as he’s proving to be the best in NXT without other people’s opinion on him. He then talks about how Baron Corbin didn’t respect him for all the hard work he has done before coming to NXT, but after beating him at NXT Dallas, Baron Corbin better respect him now.

He then talks about how talent isn’t measured with a ruler and how passion isn’t measured with a scale as Baron Corbin learned that the hard way. Whether people like or don’t like him, it doesn’t matter to him because he wants to show the world why he is “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”.

Austin Aries’ strengths are usually his charisma and mic skills which was shown in his promo right here. I like how he talks about that it doesn’t matter whether people like him or not because at the end day, he’s going to prove that he’s “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” despite what people think of him.

Whether he’s in ROH, TNA, NXT, it doesn’t matter, Austin Aries is “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” and I think he’s going to do well in NXT because he is “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”.

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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