One night after IMPACT Wrestling’s Bound For Glory in Queens, New York, many fans are still left wondering if the moments immediately following the night’s main event were legit or part of the show.
Of course, we’ve all seen and know about the feud between the now-IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact and Austin Aries seemingly becoming personal on social media. Then, there was the subsequent press conference brawl filled with obscenities that also blurred the lines of entertainment and reality with the fans. Finally, Impact hit Aries with his Starship Pain finisher at Bound For Glory for the three count, Austin nonchalantly rose right to his feet and proceeded to exit the arena while offering middle fingers in numerous directions.
It was later reported that Aries had gone home after the show and wouldn’t be at tonight or tomorrow’s television tapings, which turned out to be the case thus far as he was not present this evening. This led to a lot of talk that Aries was done with the company, since he would not be on IMPACT television for the foreseeable future by missing this week’s tapings.
Today, IMPACT Wrestling star and producer Petey Williams stated on his Wrestling Perspective Podcast that Aries’ contract with the promotion is in fact finished:
“Austin Aries’ contract is done, that match was his last match under contract with IMPACT.”
He would also describe speaking with both Aries and Johnny Impact after the match:
“I am a very professional person. I asked him if he was okay, if he was hurt. I said thank you. I talked to Johnny, asked him if he was okay, told him good match. I talked to Johnny today about a couple things he could’ve tweaked in the match. I did talk to Aries a little bit. I’m not privy to his contract, so I asked what’s next. He said today was his last day under contract and he wasn’t going to be on TV, I left it at that. I got him a ride back to the hotel and haven’t heard from him since.”
Quotes c/o WrestleZone
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