Austin Aries Talks Regaining The Title, AJ Styles Storyline, TNA Returning To Orlando, More
Winning the X Division Title Again: "Oh, you know, it was a nice little step up for the X Division title. I spoke with the X-Division title last night and he's really happy to be back around my waist."
Building the Title's Prestige: "My responsibility is to just go out there and do whatever I'm asked to do to the best of my ability, I don't put any extra pressure on myself. I don't necessarily get rubs from championships; I'd like to feel the championship gets a rub off of me. So, if being around my waist is something that's going to make the title become a little more prominent on the television show, then that's great. Whatever I'm asked to go out there and accomplish I'm going to do to the best of my ability."
Plans on Cashing in the Title to Become World Champion: "I think that opportunity makes sense, now with the 'Option C' stipulation that was implemented a couple of years ago, thanks to yours truly, that's an option I could have if and when I decide to take advantage of it."
Winning it Now vs. Three Years Earlier: "Well the first time you win it, in some regards, it cements yourself as being at a certain level, a championship level. After doing it a couple times, I don't want to say its old hat, but you know that's not the end of the journey. The X Division championship, for me, is just part of the journey and I always have my eyes set on the next goal. And hey, there are all those championship titles that I don't have around my waist or on my shoulders in TNA then I feel like my journey is never complete. "
His View on the AJ Styles Storyline: "Well, my opinions don't really matter because the storyline, for me, is just to entertain the fans and keep them engaged in what's going on with the company. I will say that any time that you have the opportunity to take the top prize in the company and take it internationally, and maybe compete and defend it in some territories and in front of some sets of fans that don't normally get to have that honor, I think that's a great thing for the company. That helps get the brand out there and helps put the product out there. A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he's going to go out there and put on a performance that's befitting of a man who is the World Champion. So, from that standpoint alone, I don't see how there could be anything negative coming from AJ taking that belt all over the world and defend it against anybody that wants an opportunity. I know that's the same mindset I've had in my past when I've been world champion. Bring 'em all on, near and far, we don't like to sit here and pretend that the only wrestling is the wrestling that happens in our universe. There's professional wrestling going on all over the world and we want to acknowledge it and put our best against their best at any time."
If Companies Should Focus More on the In-Ring Product: "That's not really for me to say; ideally I think you have the right blend of both. I talk to a lot of wrestling fans, not only the hardcore wrestling fans who obviously have a voice that they are able to use via social media, via the internet and things like that, but I talk to a lot of mainstream, common wrestling fans. People who may be used to watch it back in the day and kind of get back into it now, and those people value the storylines and the characters as much if not more than the actual in ring competition. I think it's important that we don't alienate any type of wrestling fan and we give everybody a little something that they can grab on to and appreciate."
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