“All of the fans don’t, so I’m kind of not even worried about it too much. There are ebbs and flows in every business, and you just manage it. I focus on what I can handle, and I can control, and that’s going out there and the performance I put on. There are things I can do behind the camera and behind the curtain. I think every guy in that locker room feels the same.
“You don’t want to worry about things that are outside your control. All we can do and go out there to put on a great show and get more eyes on the product so it can grow and get bigger. The more people that know about Impact Wrestling on Spike TV the better off we’re going to be. That’s the name of the game right now is getting eyes on the product.”
The introduction of Hulk Hogan a few years ago did give TNA some initial buzz, but his stint with the organization has gotten mixed reviews from the general public to say the least. Aries describes his dealings with him as nothing but professional.
“He genuinely wanted to help the product in any ways he could,” Aries said. “Beyond that I don’t know what other people’s thoughts were within the company. I know that there are some people out there who don’t understand what his role was in the company and what he was there to do.
“It’s a personal opinion what people do what to see and don’t want to see and what they think. That stuff I can’t worry about, but every time I worked with Hulk inside and outside of work I saw he is a wrestling junky. He really loves wrestling. He watches everything. He is always breaking it down and critiquing it. He really cares about it. I don’t know if people really understand that. Even after 30 whatever years of being on top and the most iconic man in the business this guy still sits down and has a passion for it.”
Aries shares that enthusiasm for pro wrestling and looks to continue to live up to his solid reputation in the squared circle. His next big challenge occurs on Sunday, Oct. 20 at TNA’s Bound for Glory, the promotion’s biggest pay-per-view of the year. Aries faces X Division champion Manik, Chris Sabin and Jeff Hardy in an Ultimate X match for the title.
“I’m not a huge fan of those types of matches,” Aries said. ‘When I was in Terry Fox’s garage training my first day with Eddie Sharkey, we skipped the chapter where you pull out the ladder and scaled to the top, hanging 20 feet above the ring. We never got to that, so I do feel a little undertrained for those types of matches. They are not really my forte. Whatever the fans feel about it as far as the excitement, there is unpredictability in these types of matches. I feel a little nervous going in, but I have a job to do, and that is the rip that X Division title off the axis 20 feet above the ring.
“That being said, knowing the process and things I will have to attempt and do to accomplish that are a little uneasy and unnerving. Strategy-wise, I try to let the other guys do the dumbest stuff and hopefully hurt themselves enough where I can take advantage.
“I will try to be a little more cerebral as much as you can be in these types of matches. The risks are so much greater, and the consequences are greater. There are a lot of moving parts. Jeff Hardy is in the match, which it was his idea for the match and that’s his specialty. Manik would say he has some Spider-man like qualities in the way he can move. He should be comfortable in there.