Fans were super excited to have Austin Aries join NXT and he was thought of as a future champion. But now Austin Aries has already made his exit and he never captured one single championship during his tenure with WWE.
Instead of being covered in gold he was plastered with missed opportunities. He suffered an injury to his eye socket thanks to Shinsuke Nakamura because they don’t call him The King Of Strong Style for no reason. WWE was still able to feature Austin Aries on television as they seamlessly transitioned him into a commentator’s role calling Cruiserweight matches. Even though it would have been nice to see him in the ring his commentary was one of the best parts of having the cruiserweights on Raw.
When A Double first jumped back in the ring it was to go after Neville and his Cruiserweight Championship. Austin Aries kept coming up short every time he went for the purple rope show’s top title though. After three unsuccessful title attempts Austin Aries said he was taking some time away from the ring and then suddenly he was released out of the blue.
According to PWTorch.com’s Sean Radican the decision to release Austin Aries was all his. He apparently asked for his release after feeling like he was stuck in a nowhere spot on the roster and pigeonholed to his place in WWE.
It was also said Austin Aries had developed a bad attitude backstage and was constantly complaining about his spot with the company. It had gotten to the point where Aries developed a reputation for his bad behavior and poor demeanor.
Aries was wrestling on WWE’s live shows up until last weekend but the decision was made to give Aries his release on Friday night. WWE wished him luck on his future endeavors and we can be sure Austin Aries has plenty of future plans for himself in the world’s blossoming independent scene.