Austin Aries left WWE this past July after creative reportedly had nothing for him following his longtime feud with Neville over the Cruiserweight Title.
Aries has signed with WWE back in January of 2016 and was sent to their developmental brand in NXT. Unfortunately for Aries, during his time in NXT he suffered a nasty eye injury in a match with Shinsuke Nakamura that would sideline him for several months.
During this time Aries wanted to remain relevant and asked if he could do some commentary work to keep active. He approached Triple H with the idea and it was accepted. Aries then began doing commentary work for 205 Live.
Recently Aries made an appearance on Chris Jericho's podcast, Talk Is Jericho, to clear up the rumors surrounding his departure from the company. Aries claimed that after his commentary debut Vince McMahon approached him and told him he was a natural at the job (quotes via IWNerd):
“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 first 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 compliment 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.”
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