Austin Aries Talks Changes In TNA, MVP, Who They Should Sign, Sunday's Lockdown PPV, The Wolves

Source: The Rack

"Sometimes this can really be the grind; physically and mentally exhausting with the travel schedule that we do keep, but we are so thankful we get to do something we love for a living. They say you if you can find something you love to do for a living, you never work a day in your life. But no matter how much love and passion you have for it, sometimes the schedule is difficult and it can take a toll on you; that UK Tour especially. We were doing television every day, putting in 12 to 15 hour days and then traveling to the next town and working off of 3 or 4 hours sleep and that was for a week. By the end, it catches up to you but the flip side is you have a bunch of really passionate fans who are waiting a whole year to see us and they bring the energy and trust me, we feed of that and we definitely needed to feed off some of that towards the end of that trip. I know all the guys appreciate the energy that those fans bring and the passion they bring it's our job to give that back to them.

"When you're out there in front of a crowd and can feel the electricity that they're bringing, it makes everyone want to step their game up and make sure we can give them every penny's worth. I think we were all excited because we were doing something historic and we were doing it in front of one of our strongest fan bases globally. This is a global company; many people sometimes get caught up on the Nielsen ratings here in the US and they kind of forget we're being shown in over 100 countries throughout the world. We're a global company with a huge fan base and that was a testament to the other markets outside the US and with the successful trip we just took to Japan and the relationship we forged there, we're just going to expand globally and that's something important for TNA fans to remember."

The role of social media on both wrestling and his personal life:

"I think it's a balance there. I think more than just furthering storylines you see on television; I think it's an opportunity for us as performers to add more depth to who we are. I know that's how I use mine. I have personal interests outside of wrestling. Obviously, I follow plant-based lifestyle; I'm very much into food advocacy and healthy lifestyles. I'm into making music; things like that. So, I like to use my Twitter for opportunities for the fans to see another side of me they're not going to be able to see on Spike Television.

"I'm not a big proponent of using it to further storylines, per se; I think it's fake and in some ways I think and can insult fan's intelligence. We want them to tune in on Thursdays from 8-10 and suspend their disbelief and get into the show. But, I look at my Twitter as my personal social media and that's an opportunity for people to get to know Austin Aries and get to know the more about the person and the depth I have as a character and as a person in general. That's how I use it, and I think there's a value to that too; it allows fans to get more invested in people, to gravitate to people that they can connect with and that's really hard. We've only got two hours a week and a roster full of talented people, and it's impossible to give them all the time they deserve to do that, so this is a tool that we can all use to do that for ourselves outside of the television show."

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