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Austin Aries Talks Failing as a Babyface, Vince McMahon’s Praise of His Commentary Work

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 11/13/17

Austin Aries recently appeared on Talk is Jericho (transcript via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On Getting to Do Commentary, Michael Cole’s Help, and Vince Mcmahon’s Praise: “When [the injury happened] happened, I was talking with Hunter and I said, ‘I don’t necessarily just want to disappear for whatever extent of time, so if there [are] things I can do, whether it’s commentary, managerial, anything, I’d like to stay, somehow, in the scenes.’ And this was at NXT, so when the 205 [Live] idea was brought to light, and they said, ‘going off of what you said, maybe this would be a fit for commentary’ and it provided an opportunity that honestly I am so thankful for and it [has] opened a lot of doors for me. I learned a lot working with Michael Cole and having Vince, literally, after my fight night, [saying] ‘Goddammit, you’re a natural. Nobody [has] ever had a debut like that before. I walked back to Gorilla [position] and he was standing there with a big smile on his face and ‘Goddammit, you’re a natural!’ I was looking at him like, ‘what are you saying?’ Literally, the greatest complement you could probably get at that point in your career. Sure, and Vince has 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.”

On Being Booked to fail as a Babyface: “Right or wrong, the first four things I did as a babyface there was fail. My first four attempts, my first four attempts with Neville, I failed at accomplishing the job. Do you know what I’m saying? I believe it was four. The one time I beat him was by disqualification. But so, again, that’s fine, we can do that, but I don’t have any worth anymore as a babyface, so now there has to be a catalyst for something whether it’s me turning on the other side, whether it’s me doing something outside of the 205 bubble, whether it’s putting me back in NXT, whether it’s making me a mouthpiece for somebody, like, I’m literally open to anything, but I don’t have any value left as a babyface because I failed the first four things anybody [has] ever seen me do. I talked a big game on commentary and I came in and I failed repeatedly. And that’s hard to overcome, but that was the situation and you roll with it.”

On Being a WWE Cruiserweight: “Yeah, listen, I was totally down for [being part of the cruiserweight division]. When you say, ‘hey, we want to make this a brand, we want to market it, we want it run on its own and we’re looking at you as one of the guys to help us do that,’ that’s a great challenge for me. Absolutely, give me that. I wish that I felt like that was really what the intention was. The frustrations I had weren’t necessarily with myself. I think it’s frustrations we all have as performers and professionals. We can only control so much of what we do and that can be frustrating at points, but you go out there and do the best you can with what you’re given and what you are given depends on where you are on the totem pole and so that leaves you with what you have to work with and you do the best you can with it.”