It’s been a whole year since Austin Aries signed with TNA, and since then he not only established himself as the longest reigning X Division champion, but also has earned a unique opportunity. After defeating and outperforming every X Division wrestler on the roster, stealing the show at pay-per-views, and taking down heavyweights Bully Ray and Samoa Joe, Aries is clearly ready to move on to bigger and greater things.
For the past number of weeks, Aries has been vocal about his ability to main event and carry Impact Wrestling. A-Double has proven his worth as a great wrestler week after week, and after his last two pay-per-view victories against Bully Ray and Samoa Joe, Hulk Hogan would have been crazy to not offer him an opportunity to main event.
After successfully defending the X Division championship yet again–this time in an Ultimate X match–Aries voiced that he was no longer satisfied with just being the X Division champion, he wants the Heavyweight championship. Hulkster heard loud and clear, he has listened to the IMPACT fans and has seen the matches, and he knows that Aries is the real deal. However, Hogan doesn’t like the thought of a dual champion, so the offer is: forfeit the X Division championship, and–in return–main event Destination X in a World title match.
How apropos that at the same event Aries earned a contract to wrestle for TNA, he has the opportunity of a lifetime to wrestle for its Heavyweight championship. But in order to reach for the brass ring, Aries has to fork over the thing that took him to the dance – the TNA X Division championship.
As The Immortal One put it, Aries can either remain X Division champion, or gamble on his wrestling abilities and challenge for the Heavyweight title. Indeed a gamble because if Aries takes the offer and loses at Destination X, he walks away with nothing.
Should Aries take the offer and wrestle for TNA’s richest prize?
You know how they say there are no stupid questions? Austin Aries has wrestled for twelve years, paid dues, almost quit the business, and found new life in Impact Wrestling. There’s no doubt that Aries has sacrificed everything to get to this point in his career. So come Destination X – win or lose – Aries owes it to himself to show the world that he is the greatest man to ever step foot in a wrestling ring.
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