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Dixie Carter Issues Stern Message Regarding Austin Aries’ ‘Inappropriate Behavior’ On Impact

TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter addressed Austin Aries’ lewd behavior towards ring announcer Christy Hemme on last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling with a stern statement via Twitter this afternoon.

“TNA has ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior,” she wrote. “The incident with Austin Aries was taken very seriously and handled immediately.”

David Schwarz, Senior Vice President of Communications for Spike TV, stated this week to Mark Madden of that action would be taken against Aries for his public form of sexual harassment towards the veteran Knockout.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment,” said Schwarz. “We discussed [the incident] with our partner. [Aries is] being disciplined. I’m trying to get more information on what action is being taken. Dixie Carter took this very personally. He will be disciplined. Again, we have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment.

“I’m not sure specifically how [the discipline] will be handled. To what extent, I don’t know. This is certainly something we don’t condone and don’t tolerate. Such behavior is not welcome.”

In response to whether Aries’ discipline should be made public since Hemme was harassed on national television, Schwarz responded, “I think that a statement of some sort will be coming. That’s being worked out. But immediate action will be taken.”

On the show, Hemme mistakenly introduced Aries and tag team partner Bobby Roode as their opponents for the evening, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. This led Aries to corner Hemme in the ring as he intimidated her into correctly introducing him before climbing onto a mid-level turnbuckle and shoving his groin near her face.

Following the event, Hemme voiced her displeasure with Aries’ actions via Twitter, deeming it “unacceptable.” Late Saturday night, Aries appeared to address the incident though the social networking outlet, writing, “Pretty nuts, some of the junk people get the balls to say over the net, knowing they couldn’t to your face…Eh, anyway, time to sack out.”

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I don’t think it was that bad at all. She’s supposed to be a veteran of TNA, how do you not know the guys apart from each other. I’m sure he did it as a joke. But fired, that’s way to extreme. Fine and a public apologe is all that needs to be done.

  • Jason Lentini

    Austin Aries = Huge Douchebag.

  • rob

    fired? no. Super jobber status? yes.

    Put Roode back in the main event. Have aries start jobbing to magnus.

    Give christy hemme a side storyline that doesn’t involve aries that makes her out to be a strong female figure defending another knockout from some other form of sexual harassment.

    Boom. done

  • Half Of Me

    does he not realize that she could sue him & maybe even tna??…he’s a freaking idiot….

  • nick-hulk

    Omg, bad yes. But something which could be easily dealt with behind closed doors while making A double job for a while on TV. Over the years many strange things have been done to women in wrestling wrk or not and no1 has been suspended for 8 months or fired

  • king god hades

    he needs his pay cut,to make an apology and be suspended for 8 months

  • Shawn Bronald

    He needs to be fired, end of story. If Dixie can’t do this, she has failed everyone. Your move, Dixie.