Austin Aries Signs Contract with WWE NXT: Latest Comments and Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2016

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WWE's influx of world-class talent was on full display once again Friday night at the NXT television tapings from the University of Central Florida's CFE Arena, as Austin Aries debuted for the company.

The 37-year-old veteran's appearance will air March 2 on the WWE Network, but WWE NXT tweeted out a video of the former ROH and TNA World Heavyweight champion's long-awaited arrival:

Few wrestlers have garnered as much success outside the WWE realm as the self-professed "Greatest Man Who Ever Lived" over the past decade.

Aries has done it all in promotions across the United States, but the one thing missing from his resume is a run with the biggest entity in sports entertainment.  

Following his NXT debut, Aries urged the WWE Universe to strap in and get ready for his foray into WWE's developmental system:

Also, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H teased that it was only the first of numerous big moments for NXT in 2016:

WWE has signed many of the biggest wrestling stars in the world in recent years, including Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Samoa Joe and Apollo Crews, among others.

In addition to that, it has been rumored that WWE scored a major coup by potentially signing A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows away from New Japan Pro Wrestling, per John Clapp of

While Aries is undoubtedly talented enough to go straight to the main roster, Triple H has built something special with NXT, and the Milwaukee native's presence in Orlando, Florida, could go a long way toward adding even more credibility to the brand.

NXT is arguably the hottest promotion in wrestling right now due to the fact that it has acquired much of the top independent talent in wrestling.

Aries is another example of that, and potential dream matches against the likes of Balor, Zayn and Crews have the wrestling world buzzing.

The Common Denominator of Greatness promises to be a major asset to WWE no matter how he is used, but he could be especially valuable to NXT since his experience could go a long way toward helping younger Superstars develop.

Aries was easily one of the biggest names to have never worked for WWE, and now that he is in the fold, an even larger audience will have the opportunity to see why he is regarded as one of the best all-around performers in the business.


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