The TNA star also enjoys music and is currently working on a side project with his band. For Aries, it’s another creative outlet.
“I’m the front man and do some singing. At least I try to,” he said. “We are in the process writing, and I set a high bar for myself in everything I do.”
The entertainer says they currently don’t have a name for the band, which is still in the early stages.
“To me that’s like asking what my wrestling name was three weeks into my training before I had my first match,” said Aries. “It’s a work in process. We are focusing on the music right now, and the name is not important to worry about. We are just worrying about getting some good music out, and then we can talk about what we should call this little thing we are doing here.”
The dedicated athlete takes his health and nutrition just as serious as his job. Aries, 35, has been a vegetarian for 13 years and a vegan for almost two. He hits the road for shows prepared with pumpkin seeds and protein powder. With such a hectic schedule and constant travel, there is the challenge of maintaining his diet.
“It is difficult only because there is a real naivety to not eating animal products in this country,” said Aries. “It’s not really something people think about or comprehend because people don’t think about what they eat period. People’s thought process with food is I like the way it takes, how much time is it going to cost me to get this and that’s as far as the thought process goes these days.
“So it does get a little challenging at certain establishments when you do ask a waitress or a waiter if they use any dairy in the pizza crust. This happened recently. ‘Well, I don’t think so,’ they said. I said, ‘Thinking so isn’t going to be good enough for me. I need you to find out.’ It turns out they use milk in their pizza dough, which people do not think about, with a little butter on the crust at the end. So it’s about being mindful of asking these questions.
“So as I’ve been on this journey and travel a lot to different parts of this country, I’m a little dismayed by the complete lack of knowledge in certain areas of that lifestyle choice. I think because it’s a choice I think people look at it differently.
“If I reframed it and told them I was allergic to animal products people would have a different reaction to that. In a way I am allergic to animal products, but not because I’m going to break out in a rash 10 minutes after eating it. It’s because at a cellular level it does damage to me and sets me up for a lot of diseases and ailments when I get older. In that context I am allergic to animal products.”
Aries eating habits have inspired his younger brother and sister to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. Others like his best friend in Los Angeles have made his food choices meat-free. As a TNA wrestler, he has heard the scrutiny and criticism surrounding his employer. For Aries, it’s the nature of the beast in any form of entertainment.
“It just kind of thing that is going to be the way it is for TNA, especially with the wrestling media,” he said. “It seems they always want to scrutinize and put the negative spin on everything that comes about. I suppose they know the other company isn’t going anywhere, so they feel they can take a shot at this company. Then when, they are hoping, it all falls apart they can say, ‘Ha ha, I told you.’ That’s how it feels sometimes to me. I know what’s going on. I’m tuned in pretty well. I actually know the inner workings of what’s going on. It’s what I have really not any of the people that write about it don’t.