Austin Aries Defends Stance – Austin Aries took a lot of heat over the weekend after getting into a Twitter argument with Johnny Impact. Impact insulted Aries’ height, and Aries responded by accusing Impact of shaming him for his body, and said that if he had made fun of someone’s sexuality, mental status, weight or something similar that fans would be enraged with Impact. A noble cause, as height shaming is still body shaming, yet Aries used choice language and brought a lot of heat on himself for his wording. In order to quell some of the rage, Aries went on The Wrestling Observer’s radio show hosted by Bryan Alvarez and was asked about the situation, responding with;
When it comes to the short things, it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life. I’m used to it. It drives me. If you want to make things personal, I can get personal and clap back. If you read my tweet and actually read what I’m saying; I’m not condoning any of those things. I’m saying, if I were to make a joke on any of those things or mention these words or type them out in a derogatory way that people would be outraged. In this day and age, we’re outraged about making fun of people or telling them that they are less than for things that are out of their control. Yet, when it comes to people’s heights, it’s ok for people to continue to use that. I was simply pointing it out.
In everything I’ve done to build this match, the things I’ve done and talked about, I’ve never taken any personal shots at this guy. I never talked about his real deficiencies. I’ve talked about doing all these different things and not focusing and concentrating, but never talked about maybe the fact that you’ve never been the guy that you look like because your personality is non-existent. You’re kind of a dork. You come out with this cool image but anyone in the back knows that you’re not cool. I didn’t say any of that. I didn’t take personal shots. If anything, I put this guy over and talked about how good he was in the ring, but did he have the drive and focus to step up?
Undertaker on Meeting Fans in Public – Pastor Ed Young, yup, a pastor, interviewed The Undertaker as part of his “Wrastlin’ ” series and ‘Taker was very candid with the religious leader. When asked about fans meeting him, Taker said;
For years, I lived the character. If they came up to me, it would be different. But I tried to give them that aura of ‘don’t mess with me because I may drop you where you stand.’ People would send their wives or someone who may not have a clue (who I am). And if I don’t snap at them, then they would come over. I’m like, ‘Really, you sent your wife over here? I’m gonna take a picture with her, but not take a picture with you. You need to man up.’ I try to be as accommodating as I can, unless my kids are with me. I try to be as polite as I can, but I don’t want my kids picture taken and on social media. Most people understand that and respect it.
Young has also done interviews with Ric Flair, Sting and Ted Dibase.
Quick Hits – Mustafa Ali will wrestle on the November 10th and 11th EVOLVE shows in Livonia, MI and Chicago, IL. In other EVOLVE news, the vacant WWN Championship will be crowned in a one night tournament featuring eight men, who will compete in four singles matches, with the winners going to the main event to compete in a ladder match to crown a new champion.
The new WWN Chamo will be determined at EVOLVE on 10/28 in Ybor City, FL. There will be 8 men in singles matches. The 4 winners will then compete in a ladder match with the WWN belt hanging from ceiling. This is going to be wild in The Orpheum. Tix on sale soon. #AnythingGoes
— EVOLVE Wrestling (@WWNEVOLVE) October 9, 2018
Tammy Sytch has been released on parole after her January 23rd and February 2nd arrests. Chris Sabin will tag with KUSHIDA in NJPW’s Super Junior Tag Team Tournament. KUSHIDA used to be Alex Shelley’s former tag partner; so the teaming is something of a bitter-sweet salute. Kevin Owens is undergoing knee surgery but no one knows when he’ll be back but it isn’t expected to be long according John Pollock of POST Wrestling.