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Backstage news on why Austin Aries was released from WWE, AJ Styles on US Title win (video)

Austin Aries

AJ Styles on winning the United States Championship

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens and captured the United States Championship tonight at a WWE Live Event at Madison Square Garden. Styles defeated Kevin Owens by hitting the Phenomenal Forearm. Below is a backstage interview WWE posted on their Facebook page.

SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and several WWE Superstars took to Twitter to congratulate AJ Styles on his surprise victory:

Update on why Austin Aries was released from WWE earlier today

PWTorch is reporting that Austin Aries requested his release from WWE. According to PWTorch, Aries had grown unhappy with being stuck in the Cruiserweight division and saw more potential for himself outside the role he was stuck in on 205 Live. The report also stated that Aries had a bad attitude backstage and it made it easier for WWE to grant him his release. The report also claims that Aries was working through a back injury before asking for his release. Aries will most likely hit the independent wrestling scene in the near future.

  • Mouselead

    I bet he got a call from Double J ….. depending on his non compete clause, we should see him back in GFW/TNA/Impact this Fall. He’s coming back home.

  • CC

    Pretty much exactly what I said yesterday as soon as this news broke.
    He should have been in there with guys like AJ, Joe and Owens etc, not stuck on 205 live.

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  • MrDr3w

    Let’s see… Strowman, Reigns, Lesnar, Rollins, Wyatt, Balor… All the guys in the current main event picture have either been injured, or injured someone else, this taking time off of their careers. Aries is closing in on 40 years old. He doesn’t have much time left in his career to play around with. And the IC title division consists of pretty much three or four guys.

  • jedi

    Should have won at mania!

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    To be fair he had a point, being stuck on 205 live or pre shows was never going to work, he deserved more than what he was getting