TNA had their first Impact on the road since announcing they were leaving the Impact Zone for good, and my what a show it was. Their first main event featured Hall of Famer Sting doing battle with possibly the companies biggest up and coming star Austin Aries. In spite of the lack of build into the match, these two men delivered a great TV main event.
Let’s face it with Sting turning 54 in a few days, his best days are behind him, your not going to get a 5 star match from The Stinger anymore. However with a fire lit under him, and the seemingly endless talent of Aries these two men gave us ppv quality action.
So I must ask is A Double primed to be the man that leads TNA into the future?
With training from legendary wrestling trainer Ed Sharkey, an extensive background in top notch indies such as ROH, Dragon Gate USA, and Evolve, it would appear he has the pedigree.
The only two time ROH World Champion, the longest reining TNA X-Division Champion, and with the new TNA ppv schedule he becomes the only man to ever give up The X-Division Title without being beat and turning it into a rein as TNA World Champion. Add all that with his incredible mic skills, endless charisma, and ability to make the fans love him or hate him with a passion anytime he wants and your looking at all the tools needed to be exactly what he claims to be “The greatest man that ever lived” at least in pro wrestling.
But what are his downfalls? Well his biggest flaw, his size. Plain and simple Austin Aries is small, even by today’s standards which is much smaller than the stars of the 80′s and even a majority of the 90′s, he is still considered one of the smaller guys. In VinceLand a guy the size of Aries would almost be garunteed to stand in mid card turmoil for the length of his career, but he’s a TNA guy so can he over come that hurdle? Thus far it appear he can. He’s already a former world champion and with the top story turning to The Aces & 8s instead of abandoning Aries to aimlessly roam in the mid card they have paired him with fellow Main Event talent and a Hulk Hogan favorite Bobby Roode, and given them the tag straps to keep them relevant while the main picture is otherwise filled. This certainly is more than they’ve done for the likes of James Storm or AJ Styles who both have been directionless for quite some time.
So can Austin Aries be the face of TNA? Even with his lack of size I think absolutely he can be. All his positives are just so strong and so apparent that I feel Austin Aries is definitely the future face of TNA.
Do you feel diffrently? Do you think I’m wrong? Feel free to let me know, leave a comment and we can discuss it!