As you all are aware, Austin Aries was released from his WWE contract recently. In what was an unexpected release; Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio possibly has shed some light on the situation. Meltzer stated that WWE is claiming to have released Aries instead of Aries asking to be released himself.
Nonetheless, Aries was apparently thrilled to be let go from the company. Austin Aries had signed a three year deal with the WWE early last year; so if he had quit on his own, WWE would’ve had the rights to hold him so that he would not be able to wrestle until 2019. Meltzer also stated that Aries was upset that him & Neville’s WWE Cruiserweight Championship match from WrestleMania was placed on the kickoff show.
The kickoff show match is not included on the WrestleMania 33 DVD which equals; no royalties for either Neville nor Austin Aries. Also, Aries reportedly had a bad attitude backstage, due to him being upset at the fact that he was “trapped” so to speak; in the Cruiserweight division.