WWE.com has just released the following statement:
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Austin Aries. WWE wishes Aries the best in all of his future endeavors”.
Aries officially signed with WWE in January of 2016 and debuted on NXT on the March 2nd episode. He suffered a large orbital socket injury at the hands of Shinsuke Nakamura during a NXT live event last October which put him out of action for nearly five months. He re-surfaced on the main roster as a commentator for Cruiserweight matches, before making his main roster debut as a Cruiserweight this past March.
Aries’ last WWE match came at Payback on June 4th, when lost a Cruiserweight Title match to Neville, and since then Aries had been out of action dealing with what he referred to as nagging injuries. In an interview conducted back June 8th, he had the following to say on his current injury status:
“I’ve got some stuff going on, but just to be fair you could probably say that for a lot of the locker room. It’s kind of part of what we do, I don’t think anyone is ever 100%. So I got a couple things going on and obviously at this point it might be a good time to take a little break which really could consist of two days to just adjust some of those things, try and get my mind and my body right and then come back and figure out what’s gonna be next and what the direction’s gonna be.”
Shortly after WWE announced Aries’ release, Aries posted the following tweets:
It’s a beautiful day.
— Austin Healy Aries (@AustinAries) July 7, 2017