Ahead of his match with Adam Brooks at MLW Fury Road, Austin Aries spoke with Journal Sentinel about Impact Wrestling, MLW, his reputation in the industry and more.
Perhaps the most notable tidbit from this interview surrounded Aries’ decision to leave Impact Wrestling and eventually make the jump to MLW.
“Really, since I left Impact Wrestling – some people say controversially – I’ve been really laying low,” he said. “I’ve had contract offers. Even after (Impact) there was a six-figure contract on the table at the end of last year that I politely declined.
MLW had contacted me previously about maybe wanting to come in and do some things with them, but it wasn’t the right timing. I just decided for the first half of this year just to reset. I’m also in the mindset that at this point in my career, I don’t really want to work for anybody. But I will work with anybody.
Then I actually reached out to MLW and I said to them, ‘Hey guys, I know we talked a few months back and you had expressed some interest. It wasn’t really the right time. I said, ‘You’re going to be in my hometown. That interests me.’ I’m not motivated by money and I never really had been. I’m probably not motivated by a lot of things that people think I am.”
Turning down such a big offer from Impact Wrestling, a company that Aries is familiar with and gained the most notoriety with, is significant. As Aries would put it, though, he would decline the offer respectfully and if the relationship is still in tact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in an Impact Wrestling ring again at some point in the future.
Anywhere Aries goes, his reputation precedes him. While there may be certain opinions of him, both good and bad depending on who’s asked, Aries feels like the majority of people are indifferent about him at the end of the day.
“I’ve never really come out publicly and buried anybody. I’ve never come out publicly and exposed anyone or anything. I’ve always let things be written about me, true or otherwise, and never really taken the time to address them because you can’t really win that game in the moment. And, to be quite honest, at a certain point you decide to use them to your advantage. Good, bad, indifferent. And most people aren’t indifferent about me, which is good in my business.”
There’s no denying Aries talent in the ring. After a soft reset mentally, it’ll be interesting to see what the 41-year-old veteran has in store for wrestling fans with MLW and beyond.