Wrestling: Austin Aries

The greatest man who ever lived
Daniel Healy Solwold, Jr. (born April 15, 1978) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Austin Aries. He trained under Eddie Sharkey and Terry Fox and made his professional debut on November 11 of the year 2000.

He is currently signed to TNA where he has been a TNA World, Tag Team and X-Division champion.

Before coming to TNA, Aries was the first wrestler to be a two-time ROH World Heavyweight Champion. He has also won many other wrestling championships such as the Mid-American Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Championship, Steel Domain Wrestling Tag Team Championships with Ted Dixon, NWA Midwest X Division Championship, and the Pro Wrestling War Heavyweight Championship.

A rundown of his career can be found at The Other Wiki.

"The Greatest Tropes That Ever Lived"

  • A Handful for an Eye: Retained the X Division Championship against Zema Ion by getting himself disqualified, which Aries did by spraying Ion in the eyes with hairspray.
  • Alliterative Name: Except for, Dan Sexon, Austin Starr and Suicide. Also has been called the "The Vascular Vegetarian", which he corrected into the Most Valuable Vascular Vegetarian.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Both he and Bryan Danielson use many of the same moves and were rivals in Ring of Honor. So Aries went on to headline TNA and Danielson WWE. For bonus points, both men are vegans.
  • Badass Cape: He wears one to the ring
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: When Aries discovered Bobby Roode had hired Aces & Eights to do his bidding, Aries simply decided to offer them more money than Roode had.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He ran out to stop his tag team partner Roderick Strong from further beating on Delirious after he had been knocked unconscious. This is the same Aries who knocked the Haze aside to keep attacking Delirious after his throat had been kicked in. So yes, Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Bubble Pipe: He could sometimes be seen chomping on a pipe but he never seemed to light it up.
  • By the Hair: Pulled Daizee Haze this way to distract Delirious away from Rhett Titus and Kenny King. After Delirious and Jerry Lynn teamed up with Tyler Black to defeat Aries, King and Titus, Aries would kidnap Haze out of spite.
  • Cameo: Played for laughs. He continued to appear "as a fan" at Ring Of Honor events even after TNA forbid him from doing further work in the company. After TNA released him he ran into the ring and signed a contract then and there.
  • Casanova Wannabe
    • The basis of his "A Double" gimmick in Chikara. Ranking guys on a grading scale, A+ still wasn't good enough for the greatest man who ever lived, AA.
    • Also, Aries wants you to know he's doing Tyler Black's girlfriend
  • Cast from Hit Points: The last chancery wrenches Aries's back as well, he's just to ornery to let that stop him, or perhaps too tough where other wrestlers will eventually relent with the hold.
  • Chain Pain: How he won the first match of his second TNA run against Shannon Moore
  • Cool Shades: During his interviews with Ring Of Honor after the show went to HD Net.
  • Cool Teacher: As ROH world champion he was also the head trainer for Ring Of Honor's school. Also, Rhett Titus was someone he personally trained (which explains a lot)
  • Crowd Chant: (when the ROH bots were against him) "Austin Asshole!" or when some of the crowd were cheering for him and others in the crowd decided to chant "Overrated!"
  • Curbstomp Battle: His "relaxed rules" match with Necro Butcher saw Austin Aries on the receiving end of one. Since he was feuding with Age Of The Fall and had gotten other people to leave the group peacefully, Austin Aries thought he could do so with Necro Butcher too. He was wrong.
  • Damning With Faint Praise: When he praises Chris Sabin holding the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for less than a month after winning it by hitting Bully Ray in the head with a hammer.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Ended Samoa Joe's twenty one month reign as the Ring Of Honor World Champion. CM Punk and Tyler Black could also count for beating Aries, if being the first multiple time ROH champion qualifies him.
  • Demoted to Extra: WWE found no use for him beyond voice work for the WWE 12 video game.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Played for laughs in Dragon Gate where he claimed to lose his desire to be a wrestler after he failed to get on WWE Tough Enough. He would eventually find new purpose helping CIMA win matches as part of Blood Warriors.
  • Disproportionate Revenge
    • So, why did Aries kick in Delirious's throat and assault Daizee Haze again? That's right, Delirious bit him. Why did Delirious bite Aries? Because Aries was trying to pull off Delirious's mask. Why was Aries going after the man's mask? Because Delirious had made Austin Aries look foolish during the course of their match. Oh and Haze demanded a medical examination for her friend, which apparently offended Aries somehow.
    • Unfortunately for him, Spike TV viewed a segment where Austin Aries put his crotch in ring announcer Christy Hemme's face for announcing him and Bobby Roode as "Bad Influence" (the team of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and they were not pleased, feeling he should have stopped at forcing her to get it right. Since then he's been unable to escape the doghouse for any significant length of time. TNA seemed to have the trope in mind though, since they had previously come down harder on Bully Ray for yelling homophobic slurs at fans his first night as a Big Bad, not even showing it on camera.
  • Doing It Wrong: March 15th Impact in Chicago, Aries attempted to put Sting in the Scorpion Death lock only to get every attempt to lock it in wrong, long enough for Sting to recover and make a comeback.
  • Ear Ache: When in brawls with the much larger Knux and Abyss, Aries tried to make up for the size differential by clapping the sides of their heads.
  • Enemy Mine
    • With the Briscoe Brothers vs Age Of The Fall. Then with Jimmy Jacobs against Tyler Black. Aries still wouldn't join Age Of The Fall but resented Black just enough to work with Jacobs for a little while.
    • With Rhett Titus and Kenny King against Jerry Lynn
    • He resolved to work with Bobby Roode to take out TNA World Champion Jeff Hardy. And it would have worked too if not for the fact Bobby Roode betrayed Aries.
  • Face Heel Double Turn: He sided with Bobby Rood and Dixie Carter against MVP on TNA Impact, but after MVP defeated them, he became a bad boss, making Roode and Aries into good guys for still opposing him. Carter remained bad boss though.
  • Fighting Your Friend: When he and Samoa Joe decided to stand together against their bad boss, TNA's director of wrestling operations MVP, MVP simply booked them in a match together and told them the loser would be fired. Eric Young came out to interrupt the match by attacking the referee before there could be a victor.
  • Genre Savvy: When Bobby Roode tried the Eddie Guerrero chair toss trick, he was smart enough to fall to the mat himself before the referee noticed.
  • Heel-Face Turn: It's quite subtle. He's still a smug egomaniac, but he consistently backs it up, wins matches cleanly and is rarely the instigator of feuds.
    • Face-Heel Turn: Seems to have switched back since losing the World Title to Jeff Hardy- again, it's fairly subtle, but he's become more overtly insulting of his opponents, vicious in the ring and has resorted to cheating to win a couple of matches.
    • His face to heel turn in Ring Of Honor was about as sensible as these can get. He did not like the fact fans were cheering for Tyler Black more than they were for him.
    • Face Heel Revolving Door: Destined to forever encounter it in TNA. On one hand his character is an arrogant maverick who knows just how damn good a wrestler he is. On the other hand, fan demand is the reason he got a contract with the company in the first place.
  • Five Moves of Doom: During his ROH tenure he had a tendency of finishing matches with a roaring elbow, a superkick to the knee, and a standing punt to the head, followed by a brainbuster and either the 450 Splash or his Last Chancery submission. Sometimes he would omit the elbow and superkick and would use a crucifix bomb to set the combo up instead.
  • Gimmick Matches: His best of three series with Jimmy Jacobs involved a falls count anywhere match, a dog collar match and an I Quit match. Aries is not a fan of ladder matches or TNA's Ultimate X, ironically.
  • Hope Spot: As MVP laid out to him, Bobby Lashley was bigger, stronger and faster than Austin Aries, but it turned out Aries was the quicker and more agile of the two and had everyone believing he was going to beat Lashley.
  • How Much More Can He Take: Ring Of Honor testing the time limit resulted in Austin Aries and Bryan Danielson going seventy five minutes, which showed could take more than an hour usually allotted.
  • I Can Still Fight: Lacey tried to throw in the towel on his behalf during his ROH Rising Above "I Quit" match with Jimmy Jacobs but Aries insisted she not do so. So in turn, Lacey made sure Tyler Black did not throw the towel in for Jacobs either, forcing one of them to scream I Quit. It was Jacobs
  • Important Hair Cut: Believed shorter hair would help him get more ladies
  • Invincible Hero: His X-Division title reign went on for nearly 300 days. It got to the point where Hulk Hogan made a deal with Aries so that if he dropped the X-division belt he'd get a shot at the World title. Which he then won, fulfilling the trope.
    • It mainly happened because there were no more X-Division challengers left because Austin Aries had beaten everyone in the division.
    • On the receiving end of this trope in Ring Of Honor against Petey Williams at ROH Goldrush. Austin Aries went so far as to hit Petey with his own Canadian destroyer only for Petey to kick out at one and proceed to kick his ass.
  • It's All About Me: Austin Aries always does good, always does the right thing, that is, what's right for himself.
  • Jack of All Stats: He can brawl, fly, mat wrestle and bust out some hard-hitting power-moves (see below). Underlining this is the fact that he's got a power finisher (brainbuster), a submission finisher (Last Chancery/Horns of Aries) and a (albeit, rarely seen) top-rope finisher (the 450 splash).
  • Jerkass: The saying goes there's only two kinds of people who wear sunglasses indoors, blind people and assholes, and Austin Aries isn't blind. Hey, just paraphrasing his own words.
  • Leitmotif: "Raging of the Region" in TNA
  • Lesser of Two Evils: The lesser vs Bully Ray toward the tail end of his record breaking TNA X Division run in 2012. This lead to the formation of Aces & Eights after Option C came about to let Aries when TNA's World Heavyweight Championship. AT the time no one knew Bully Ray was the head of Aces And Eights but it would become obvious as more time passed. Aries was also the one to reveal Bully Ray was involved with Brooke Hogan.
  • Lighter and Softer: In Chikara (naturally) where he began grooming himself better, wearing bright pink and developed "The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived" gimmick.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Generation Next took their name from the Ring of Honor even they stormed.
  • Masked Luchador: One of many men to take the role of Suicide, or rather, Aries took on the role of Suicide without approval from whoever decides what makes one a legitimate Suicide, causing the "real" Suicide at the time to change his name to Manik.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Roderick Strong's excessive beating of Alex Shelley lead to Alex Shelley joining the Embassy and becoming an even bigger pain.
  • Ninja: Or rather Aries stole the identity of a Pro Wrestling RESPECT ninja in order to upstage and defeat a bunch of RESPECT trainees who were put in a battle royal.
  • Not Bad: When he lost the title to Jeff Hardy, he rationalized it as Jeff briefly finding a way to ascend to his level but that Jeff obviously could not keep it up.
  • Only in It for the Money: Said that Alex Shelley and Brian Kendrick only cared about entertaining fans and having five star matches, while Aries boasted of having had five star matches for years and only caring about a five star bank account.
  • Parts Unknown: (as Austin Starr) "TV Land"
  • Pass the Popcorn: Austin Aries offered to anyway while watching the number one contender for his ROH World Championship, Tyler Black, wrestle Roderick Strong. He eventually threw the remaining popcorn at Black when Black started win, causing Tyler to respond with a super kick.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: At 5,9 he's short by wrestling standards. However, he can lift 300 pound heavyweights like Samoa Joe, Bully Ray, and "The Destroyer" Lashley over his head and brainbuster them. I'd say he qualifies.
  • Paparazzi: Austin Starr with Alex Shelley, Kevin Nash and Johnny Devine.
  • Perky Female Minion: Jade Chung sided with Generation Next after leaving the Embassy. Mainly due to Roderick Strong but she helped Aries too.
  • Power Stable
    • Under Alex Shelley in Generation Next with Roderick Strong, Jack Evans and later, Matt Sydal when he broke into Ring Of Honor
    • DP(Dave Prazak) Associates in Full Impact Pro with LaDuke Jakes, Samoa Joe, Delirious, Cyber Kong, Jimmy Rave, Bryan Danielson and Adam Pearce.
    • The Standard with Adam Pearce, Joey Kaos and Peter Avalon in NWA Pro and NWA Hollywood
    • Blood Warriors in Dragon Gate
  • Power Trio
    • Resilience with Matt Cross and Erick Stevens in Ring Of Honor
    • Pantheon Of Gods with Kenny King and Rhett Titus in Ring Of Honor
  • Precision F-Strike: When Jeff Hardy was going to go on to beat him again in a ladder match Austin Aries tried to jury rig the whole thing so no one could reach the belt, and shouted an explicative about Jeff never getting that belt, just for Jeff to get a bigger ladder.
  • Put on a Bus: During his stint as "The Greatest Manager Who Ever Lived", he was removed from the ROH roster until the company could get its finances together. Aries would not be coming back, as he ended up on the TNA roster.
  • Rage Quit: Out of DP Associates due to lack of success
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A pink fur vest, starting in Chikara.
  • Real Song Theme Tune
    • "Born of a Broken Man" by Rage Against the Machine
    • "Personal Jesus" by Marilyn Manson when teaming with Roderick Strong
    • "The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived" by Weezer
  • Red Baron: A Double, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: He called himself "The God Of War" in TNA. One letter away, Aries means ram. Austin does know better too.
  • Shaped Like Itself: The ROH trio of Aries, Kenny King and Rhett Titus, The Pantheon Of Gods.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In Pro Wrestling Guerilla, during his second ROH World title reign.
  • Signature Move: Discus Elbow, Figure Eight Leglock, Fish hook of doom, Heat Seeking Missile (Suicide dive), Macho Neck Snap (rope hung neck snap), Pendulum Elbow (pendulum back breaker to elbow drop), Power Drive elbow (twisting elbow drop), Slow Motion Special (jumping knee drop).
  • Smug Snake: Austin Aries is a good wrestler, perhaps a contender for the best in the world. However, even if he was indeed the best in the world he would still qualify for the fact he repeatedly has to have it beaten into him that there maybe just maybe be someone else who is around his level.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: A five day retirement in 2011 when he left EVOLVE and Dragon Gate to pursue a career outside of wrestling, only to resurface in TNA. He revealed this was because he was temporarily demoralized after watching The Wrestler.
  • The Ace: He's the longest reigning X-Division Champion in TNA history, and was the only man to win the Ring of Honor title twice until Jay Briscoe, who never lost the title in a match, regained the belt in 2014.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Erick Stevens and Matt Cross were useless against The No Remorse Corps when Aries wasn't around. This is due to ROH stretching out the angle while trying to get TNA to let them use Aries some more.
  • The Rival
    • The Second City Saints to Generation Next after Generation Next targeted Ricky Steamboat. Even CM Punk has standards.
    • The Kings Of Wrestling to Generation Next. After Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero managed to beat Aries and Roderick Strong for the ROH tag team championships, follow Generation Next member Matt Sydal eventually managed to win the belts back with Christopher Daniels. Also, whoever Prince Nana was managing.
    • Roderick Strong turned on him after he and Aries failed to defeat Daniels and Sydal for the Tag Team titles. Since this directly lead to the "No Remorse Corp" the rest of them too when Aries formed "The Resilience".
    • Bobby Roode in TNA. The two constantly alternated between working together and working against each other. Then they won the TNA Tag Team Championships, which made Aries a triple crown champion in TNA.
  • Third Movie Goes To Asia: He and Roderick Strong took the ROH Tag Team Championships to Dragon Gate in Japan to make them the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hopefully upgrade them to main events status, which they did.
  • Three Month Rule: TNA jumped the gun when it announced, two months after Austin Aries's (real) suspension for choosing an ROH show over a TNA one that it was going to introduce a "new" wrestler. Who turned out to be Austin Starr. He got suspended again for complaining about having to do vignettes on his day off and then went back to ROH, only to return to TNA as Aries again.
  • Tournament Arc
    • Defeated Adrian Serrano and Shawn Daivari in the finals of the MAW Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament
    • Defeated Steve Douglas for the Rings Of Europe Wachauer Wrestling Trophy
    • He won TNA's Gold Rush Tournament in 2014, though it was more like a Battle Royal that one had to win a qualifying match for than a traditional tournament.
  • Tweener: Jimmy Jacobs began to take interest in Austin Aries and his potential for the Age Of The Fall after Aries stopped following the code of honor, following a loss to Nigel McGuinness. Aries did sympathize with Age of The Fall too, or rather he agreed with their message, just not with them personally.
  • Use Your Head: Besides his usual tope fair, on the 10/15/2014 edition of Impact Aries started furious headbutting Bobby Roode in the back after the referee demanded a clean break follow Roode reaching the ropes during a Last Chancery.
  • Versus Title: EVOLVE 6: Aries vs. Taylor, EVOLVE 7: Aries vs. Moxley.
  • Villain of Another Story: Took on a harmless referee role in Wrestlicious, but the show made no attempt to disguise Aries from any who might have recognized him.
  • Worthy Opponent
    • Alex Shelley, whose potential match of the year showing against Aries at Against All Odds 2012 saw him come closer than anyone to ending Aries' X-Division title reign. This one is Older than You Think. Aries and Shelley were former partners in Ring of Honor as Generation Next, and later became bitter rivals after Gen Next turned face and removed Shelley as leader. Shelley then joined The Embassy, who were Gen Next's chief rivals.
    • Austin Aries said as much of AJ Styles in TNA. AJ was a loose affiliate of Generation Next while they were in Ring Of Honor.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Austin Aries's reputation precedes himself and it also applied to Starr, as he performed a drop rope guillotine on Lita in the United Wrestling Federation.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tried this with Rich Swann, who felt he was being ignored by the stables of Dragon Gate for being a foreigner but it did not work because Swann did not want to be Aries's underling.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Bryan Danielson uses Austin Aries to demonstrate the importance of basics and fundamentals, why knowing how to apply holds correctly and when to do things is more important than knowing cool looking moves.