The greatest man who ever livedDaniel Healy Solwold, Jr.
(born April 15, 1978) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Austin Aries
He is currently signed to TNA
, where he is a former TNA World and X-Division champion.
Before coming to TNA, Aries was the first and, as of 2012, the only two-time Ring of Honor
A rundown of his career can be found at The Other Wiki
This wrestler provides examples of:
- The Ace: He's the longest reigning X-Division Champion in TNA history, and the only man to win the Ring of Honor title twice.
- Badass Cape: He wears one to the ring
- 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.
- Five Movesof 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Parts Unknown: (as Austin Starr) "TV Land"
- Pintsized Powerhouse: At 5,9 he's short by wrestling standards. However, he can lift 300 pound heavyweights like Samoa Joe and Bully Ray over his head and brainbuster them. I'd say he qualifies.
- Red Baron: A Double, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.
- Smug Snake
- 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.