NXT star Austin Aries spoke with Fightclub Radio about various topics. Here are the highlights.
On his debut at NXT Takeover: Dallas:
“To sum it up in a word, it’s kind of mind-blowing and just taking it in from a perspective of seeing how big an entity WWE is and then how much work and thought it put into the presentation that they put out there. There [were] over 100,000 fans that convened in Dallas [Texas] for that week. The TakeOver show was special. We had 10,000 fans in there and rabid fans, passionate fans. And from top to bottom, that card was phenomenal.”
On making it to WWE:
“WWE is the biggest entity in professional wrestling, and if you want to prove yourself to be one of the greatest or one of the best, then that’s the only place you can do it. And so, there was a point in my career that I had to accept that it might not be in my cards as an active wrestler. Whether it was a timing thing, or things didn’t match up, or what they were looking for at points when I was a free agent didn’t quite match up, I had to be okay with that. It’s just I was getting older. Honestly, man, in the last two years the landscape changed. Everything changed. When Samoa Joe came to NXT, it kind of blew the doors wide open and they kind of ushered in a new thought process [or] philosophy on guys who had made their own name for themselves in other places.”
You can listen to the interview here.