Major Backstage Update – Austin Aries’ WWE Release

UPDATE x 2: According to sources, Austin Aries did not actually ask for his WWE release. However, even though Aries did not allegedly ask to be released from WWE, he was apparently thrilled when he was handed down the release.

Aries previously signed a three-year deal with the company in 2016, and if he had quit on his own, the WWE might’ve held him to that deal and Aries would not have been able to wrestle again until early 2019. As previous reports had indicated, Aries was unhappy backstage, and he was also upset that his WrestleMania pre-show match with Neville was not included on the DVD/Blu-ray release. As a result, neither wrestler received royalties from it. Additionally, Aries had heat backstage, and a lot of people, the writing team included, did not like him.

Aries currently has a standard 90-day non-compete clause, and he’s set to receive his downside during that period. He will still be allowed to work independent shows during that period that WWE gives approval for. In early October, he will be eligible to wrestle elsewhere, including NJPW or GFW.

UPDATE: According to the PW Torch, Austin Aries asked for his WWE release. Aries wasn’t happy being classified as a cruiserweight and saw more for himself than his 205 Live role.

According to one source, Aries had a bad attitude backstage and that may have helped WWE agree with the decision to grant his release.

ORIGINAL: Well, this is unexpected. has announced that Austin Aries has been released from his contract. No details on the release were given in the announcement, which simply reads, “WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Austin Aries. WWE wishes Aries the best in all of his future endeavors.”

The move comes after Aries was replaced in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match against Neville at tonight’s Madison Square Garden house show by Cedric Alexander. Aries signed with WWE in January of 2016 and joined NXT, debuting that March as a babyface. He has been working as a commentator when injured and joined the main roster Cruiserweight division in March of this year.

Aries took to Twitter a half-hour before the announcement was released, posting:

Source: The Wrestling Observer

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