Yesterday evening, WWE.com announced the release of Austin Aries.
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Austin Aries. WWE wishes Aries the best in all of his future endeavors.”
This seems to have been a sudden decision, as Aries was a prominent figure in the Cruiserweight Division. However, PWTorch.com is reporting there is more to the story.
The Torch states that it was Aries that had asked for his release, and says he wasn’t happy being “pigeonholed as a cruiserweight,” and felt he could be much more than a 205 Live wrestler.
Aries’ last televised match was at Extreme Rules, when he lost to Neville in a submission match for the Cruiserweight Championship. Later that week, he spoke on the Busted Open show on Sirius XM, and said he needed to take some time off, but implied it would be a short break. He appeared on 205 Live on June 20th in a non-wrestling role, after announcing that he wasn’t medically cleared to wrestle.
The Torch is reporting Aries had a poor reputation backstage. One source noted he had a bad attitude. Another noted he had been working through a back injury.
Shortly after his release, Aries tweeted “It’s a beautiful day.”
According to The Torch’s sources, Aries is likely to work the indies in the near future. One has to wonder if we’ll see him pop up in Ring of Honor, or Impact Wrestling, now under the Global Force Wrestling banner.