Following last week’s episode of TNA Impact where Austin Aries thrusted his crotch into the face of announcer Christy Hemme, Spike TV’s senior VP David Schwarz has said Aries will be facing discipline.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. We discussed [the incident] with our partner. [Aries is] being disciplined. I’m trying to get more information on what action is being taken. Dixie Carter took this very personally. He will be disciplined. Again, we have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. I’m not sure specifically how [the discipline] will be handled. To what extent, I don’t know. This is certainly something we don’t condone and don’t tolerate. Such behavior is not welcome.
It is unknown if this punishment will be public.
Jeff Hardy Wins TNA World Heavyweight Championship - Bound for Glory [10/14/2012]
These photos taken from TNA’s Facebook page show Jeff Hardy before and after his championship match against Austin Aries. It’s a neat candid feature on the site and gives people quick updates while the event goes on but before the official show pictures become uploaded in the next day or so.
I’m just hoping that this title change allows for the return of Hardy’s Immortal Belt for a while. That thing was as pretty as it was completely ridiculous!
CM Punk and Austin Aries throughout the years, former Ring of Honor champions who now wear gold as the WWE Champion and the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
It’s a fun time to be a fan of professional wrestling.
Austin Aries’ reign as TNA World Champion begins: July 8, 2012
Aries appeared on the TNA Today web show today (watch it after the jump). Good for Aries. The guy nearly quit the business after getting rejected for WWE’s Tough Enough. How many stars came out of Tough Enough? Andy Levin has already been cut from developmental. WWE has to be regretting missing on the Vascular Vegetarian.
Congrats to Aries.
I did not expect this one at all.
Don’t you hate it when you think you can predict storylines before they happen and something like THIS goes down?
Kenny King and Austin Aries - TNA Destination X 7/8/2012
With the PPV only a couple of hours away, there’s been some buzz on the internet regarding Kenny King’s appearance on the TNA show. King is currently one-half of the Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions and his decision to “cross the line” has had several negative reactions from RoH fans and wrestlers. The negativity stems from the belief that King was undergoing contract negotiations but gave a handshake deal to remain with the company while things were sorted out.
Ring of Honor considered King’s appearance on the July 5th Impact Wrestling as a breach of their agreement and have started to cut all ties with him (Facebook posts deleted, King is still on the RoH site though).
Since that appearance, Kenny King was pretty silent over the whole mess, until earlier today when he gave his side of the story on his Twitter page (which can be found in it’s entirety after the break).
Bully Ray Confesses His Guilt to Joseph Park
Since I still don’t have cable (damn shame), I don’t get to watch TNA. Not that I would have if I did, but that’s besides the point. I don’t watch TNA but I like to check out what they post on YouTube and I have to say, the company has been impressive as of late. Particularly, with 3 feature players.
Austin Aries is amazing, anyone who’s ever seen him already knows this. The guy, while small, has the skills and charisma to be a top player in any company he’s in. It’s no surprise he’s held the X-Division title for so long, a title like that is meant for his breed. And if he’s never going to be in the main event seen, I won’t mind a good solid couple of years with Austin Aries as the John Cena of the X-Division.
Bully Ray is the definition of bullyism. Is that even a word? Much emphasis has been put on his weight and his trimming a few pounds over the years, and along with it, he has stepped up his game both in the ring and on the mic. Look at his ECW promos and you can see how he can turn the crowd against him. He may not be able to call random fans “faggots” anymore (and that’s a good thing), but he can still stir up the pot. Bully Ray is TNA Championship material right now and they’re dropping the ball if they don’t give him at least a short run with the title.
Abyss has been getting heat from the fans for years now and I don’t see why. His wrestling has never been abysmal and while he has been in some horrendous feuds (the battle for Hulk Hogan’s ring comes to mind), he’s also been in some good ones and some epic matches. Some complained about Abyss winning the X-Division Championship, the whole point of the feud, that led to Brian Kendrick winning it back at what I contest should have been the main event of their 2011 Destination X PPV. His Six Sides of Steel match with AJ Styles is still one of the best matches in TNA history. While I can’t say he’s as great as Bam Bam Bigelow or The Man They Call Vader, Abyss is still one of the best big men going today, and has given himself a new dimension with this Joseph Park character. I don’t know where they’re going with this character (I doubt they even know), but every week I look forward to seeing what he’s done.
“The Ring of Honor today is not anything like the Ring of Honor that the likes of C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, and myself came from. Obviously they are still operating under the same name, but the company has changed so much over the years and it’s really a shell of it’s former self in terms of the vision and thought process. The original Ring of Honor and the Ring of Honor today are two completely different things, I like to call it Smokey Mountain of Honor.”
TNA wrestler Austin Aries is the longest-reigning title holder in the company and will soon be the longest reigning X Division Champion in history.
Austin Aries won the belt on September 11 of last year, which ties the 182 day record held by Christopher Daniels. He will defend against Zema Ion at Victory Road next Sunday.
Congrats to Austin Aries and all those in TV Land. Aries can now add this impressive accolade to the list along with the first and only 2-time ROH World Champion and the man to defeat Samoa Joe for the ROH World Championship and end his 23-month long reign.
Now, if only he had won the PCS Competition…
Promo of the Day:
Alex Shelley Returns to Impact to Face Austin Aries
January 19th, 2012
Match of the Day:
Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal vs Austin Aries and Roderick Strong
ROH A Night of Tribute
November 19th, 2005
At the time, Samoa Joe had already held the ROH World Championship for a still undefeated 23 months and had been mentoring the young Jay Lethal, even advising him to change his name to Lethal from the horrible Hydro. With Joe in his corner, Lethal had gone on to win the Pure Championship and have heated matches with Low-Ki and CM Punk.
Joe and Lethal had previously battled their way to the finals of a tournament for the vacant ROH Tag Team Championship but lost to Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer.
Austin Aries had already beaten Samoa Joe for the World title, ending the streak, and proving that Generation Next were a legitimate threat in ROH. He and Roderick Strong had yet to capture the tag team titles and become two of the most popular champions in ROH history.