Austin Aries
Daniel Healy Solwold, Jr.
  • Birthdate: 04/15/1978 (age 38)
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 202 Ib

He's a five-time TNA X Division Champion (his f...

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In an interview with The Rack on Wild Talk Radio, Austin Aries spoke about the latest additions to the TNA roster, MVP and The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards). Here are highlights:

On MVP and the Wolves coming in and the recent changes made to TNA: "I think it's important for any company to keep their product fresh and that really in any facet; whether you're talking food companies or clothing lines or whatever it might be, in this case entertainment. You want to keep things fresh, you want to keep recycling and cultivating the product so that nothing gets stale. Right now, I think you're seeing an influx of a lot of really good talent, some really talented people that all bring something to the table, so that's exciting for the fans."

On who he'd like to see in TNA: "That's an interesting question; there's a lot of talented guys out there, you know, and I could probably list a handful but one guy that's always stuck out to me that I felt was unique and I felt has always kind of been overlooked would be Jimmy Jacobs. He's a guy who can play a number of different facets within a company and has been doing this for a long time, has a lot of passion for it. He doesn't exactly fit the mold of an X-Division wrestler, per se, as far as his style in the ring, but reminds me of someone like a Kevin Sullivan, as an older wrestling fan, who brings a mental aspects into the wrestling business that is kind of not seen a lot anymore. I've always been a fan of him, obviously we've had some battles in the past so he's a guy who jumped into my head. Another guy is Roderick Strong, another guy I know very well and is a friend of mine. He's just one of the hardest workers in the ring and if it were an opportunity he'd wanted, it certainly one he deserves."

On Lethal Lockdown: "I'm going to be locked inside a steel cage; it's going to be 4-on-4 and I'm aligned with Team Dixie. Bobby Roode is the team captain and the BroMans, the World Tag Team Champions, are our partners as well and we'll be facing off against Team MVP and he's got the Wolves along with a returning Jeff Hardy. There's a lot at stake; there's been a power struggle within the company between Dixie and MVP and the stakes are that winner gets operations of the company. A lot of people are a bit surprised or disappointed by my decision to align myself with Team Dixie but I put out a tweet shortly after that happened that I'm not really on Team Dixie or Team MVP, I'm on Team Aries. I'm typically a guy who goes out and does things for me and in this situation, for right now, and we'll see how thing play out, but for right now I felt this was my best bet. The reality was this: there were two sides where I couldn't fully trust either side but at least the devil I know is on the right hand, and guys I've worked with, like Bobby Roode who have a lot of history in this company. Again, things will play out the way their supposed to play out and then we'll make decisions after that."

On the company's trips to Europe and Japan: "Sometimes this can really be the grind; physically and mentally exhausting with the travel schedule that we do keep, but we are so thankful we get to do something we love for a living. They say you if you can find something you love to do for a living, you never work a day in your life. But no matter how much love and passion you have for it, sometimes the schedule is difficult and it can take a toll on you; that UK Tour especially. We were doing television every day, putting in 12 to 15 hour days and then traveling to the next town and working off of 3 or 4 hours sleep and that was for a week. By the end, it catches up to you but the flip side is you have a bunch of really passionate fans who are waiting a whole year to see us and they bring the energy and trust me, we feed of that and we definitely needed to feed off some of that towards the end of that trip. I know all the guys appreciate the energy that those fans bring and the passion they bring it's our job to give that back to them. When you're out there in front of a crowd and can feel the...