WWE News: Vince McMahon's backstage reaction to Austin Aries on commentary
What's the story?
Austin Aries had a pretty short stint in NXT but who really knows how long he could have stayed there? After a misplaced toe from Shinsuke Nakamura broke Aries' orbital socket, "A Double" was benched but soon brought up as the 205 Live commentary team.
Aries recently appeared on Talk Is Jericho where he discussed his WWE run in some detail and revealed what the Chairman Of The Board thought about his commentary style.
In case you didn't know...
Austin Aries' debut for WWE was long overdue but they had to get over the size stigma first. After all, he's not the biggest dog in the fight, but he's still worth plenty of attention.
During his injury, he needed to be utilised in a way to really highlight his talents. Therefore, the commentary table seemed like a perfect place for him.
The heart of the matter
When Austin Aries spoke on Talk Is Jericho about his injury he said he told Triple H that he didn't want to go away and not be a part of television. Then they pitched the idea of him commentating for 205 Live.
Needless to say, it was an amazing opportunity for Aries which he really values and Vince McMahon's reaction to him after his first night was also quite supportive as well. Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.
"I walked back to Gorilla [position] and [Vince McMahon] was standing there with a big smile on his face and 'G*ddammit, you're a natural!' I was looking at him like, 'what are you saying?' Literally, the greatest compliment you could probably get at that point in your career. Sure, and Vince was sat in that seat and heard everybody and I mean everybody, good and bad, so for him to come back and heap that kind of praise on me, I didn't take that lightly."
Austin Aries is now off doing his own thing. There's always the chance he'll be able to perform in the world's independent wrestling circuit including House Of Hardcore, PWG, and other outstanding indie feds for the rest of his career, without ever having to ink another big-time deal with a major wrestling organisation.
However, you can never count him out because he still has plenty of tools to use in the world of pro wrestling.
For the longest time I thought I was a charlatan for saying that Austin Aries' commentary was the best part of 205 Live. But as time went, it was hard to prove me wrong.
It would be great to see (or hear) Austin Aries again very soon no matter where he chooses to plant his flag.