TNA Impact Wrestling star Astin Aries recently talked with DirectTV, here are a couple of highlights, you can check out the full interview at the link:
Growing up, who were your idols?
Bobby Heenan is one of my favorites of all time. Even back in the AWA, I just always thought he was great. And obviously The Horsemen dominating as well as Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Magnum T.A., The Midnight Express, and The Free Birds. Of course Jake Roberts and Rick Rude. Those are the guys I grew up watching and idolizing.
Tell me about your training. Where did you start, and how did you end up getting into
Ring of Honor?
Well, I trained in Terry’s garage 3 days a week, 4 or 5 hours a day. I did that for about 6 months before my first match. I just really submersed myself into the business 24/7 and really appreciated getting this opportunity. My life just revolved around it. I was so happy to have this opportunity. For about 3 or 4 years I worked the circuit. Then I did the Super 8 tournament out of Delaware that helps springboard people’s careers. And around that time, Ring of Honor was getting started and they reached out. I did a couple of shows for them. They then wanted me to be there on more of a full time basis, so I packed up my things and moved out to Baltimore for a short time then up to Philly to be more accessible.
Who is your all-time dream opponent?
I could give you 6 different answers, and none would be wrong. The first answer that comes to mind is Hulk Hogan in his prime because it means you are in the main event and making a lot of money. Same goes for Steve Austin and The Rock. It means you are at the top of the industry. Of course, Macho Man or Ric Flair would be amazing. I got in the ring with Sting recently which was a great honor and very special. No matter who I am wrestling, as long as Bobby Heenan is my manager, I’ll be happy.