Austin Aries speaks out about WWE creative and TNA return Submitted by Aaron Rift on 02/08/2018 at 06:23 PM
New Impact Wrestling champion Austin Aries recently did an interview with WrestleZone Radio and here are a few highlights...
On the rumors that he had issues with the WWE creative:
"Hereís an interesting thing with that, Iíll bet the writers didnít probably like working with me very much. Understand that in that environment when I am given something that the writers hand me if I have anything that I think should be adjusted, or maybe things that I would not personally say, as someone who has done this for seventeen years and as a writer it isnít always so easy to just change those things. They then have to go march back to the office and have those things changed for them. The process is a little tedious. To me, it takes a lot of the artistic and creative freedoms away from the wrestlers. I donít know a writer who would know my voice better than myself. Iíve been doing this a long time. Iíll say this, if there were ever any writers who had frustrations with me they certainly never expressed them to me. It was something that was never brought to my attention."
On when he decided to return to Impact Wrestling:
"We had some initial discussions shortly before I was a free agent. Really before the new team was put in place. I had a conversation with Sonjay and we were just kinda talking about some different things. At the time I wasnít really interested in coming in as talent. I was really more interested in coming in and really just trying to help right the ship, if anything. I just realized at that point that that probably wasnít a fit for me. It really wasnít until late December when we talked and they had their team in place. I got to hear their philosophy and what they are trying to do trying to turn things around. Had a great talk with Scott DíAmore and decided that this was a place I could come in and lend a hand and really help rebuild Impact Wrestling back to some prominence."
On the details behind his current Impact Wrestling deal:
"I am not under any kind of long term contract with Impact Wrestling. We came to an agreement on a certain number of dates that would run a certain length of time but there are really no restrictions on me which is the beautiful thing of this opportunity. They want me to keep doing what I am doing which is basically just traveling around, and I say it tongue and cheek, but Iím ďThe Belt CollectorĒ. I am going to all these promotions and trying to collect titles. That was the opportunity that was appealing to me."