Austin Aries recently sat down for an interview with Chris Van Vliet. During the discussion, Aries spoke about his departure from WWE. Aries stated that when Triple H told him he was being released, he said that it was Vince McMahon’s decision.
“(Triple H) said he was really shocked, as shocked as I was,” Aries said. “It was per Vince and they didn’t have anything for me and that was it. I asked him some questions if it was because of some contract things that we were negotiating. I was literally surprised because there were no issues, I hadn’t had any issues with anybody.”
Aries also spoke about reports that came out shortly after his release stating he had asked to be let go. Aries said that just 2-3 hours before reports surfaced that he had sought to be let go, he’d been on the phone with Mark Carrano from WWE debating whether or not he was cleared for competition due to herniated discs in his neck.
“On the exit call with Mark Carrano, head of Talent Relations, he was telling me ‘hey, you can wrestle for Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore but not for Ring of Honor, not for..’ I said, ‘whoa whoa whoa Mark, I’m not cleared to wrestle for anybody dude, I just started rehab yesterday, my neck’s f***ed, I’m not trying to go work,” Aries said.
He then noted that not long after his call with Mark Carrano, he started reading reports that he had asked for his release from WWE.
“Then I heard nothing back. And then about 2 or 3 hours later, I saw reports from Mr. Meltzer that I asked for my release. Strange. If I’m injured and I’m going to get some time off and still make some money… It wasn’t something I’d talked about or wasn’t even on my mind. For that story to come out I found curious and also the timing of it.”
Was The Ending To Bound For Glory A Work or A Shoot?
Aries was also asked about the ending to his Bound for Glory match with Johnny Impact. After Aries dropped the title to Johnny, he jumped up acting as though he was trying to no-sell the new champion.
“A lot of people were hitting me up afterward going ‘was it a work or a shoot?’ and I was like ‘yes.’ Which part? The best parts of wrestling are when you pull from realism. The part where I got up and walked off and f***ked everyone off and s**t, I didn’t go into business for myself, there were other people that we’re aware that was going to happen. There was a plan for me to return, it was my idea. It was an idea I pitched for a reason.”
The full interview with Aries can be viewed in the player below: