I might even argue that 2017 was a banner year for Austin Aries. The circumstances that led to his departure from the WWE were unfortunate. However, Aries did wrestle at Wrestlemania in 2017. And although his last match with the WWE had him performing in Japan, Aries would go on to capture three world championships on two different continents as the year was coming to an end. Although Aries never was successful in defeating Neville for the WWE Crusierweight Championship, he was the top contender for the title.
Aries' first matches back on the Indies were for the House of Hardcore in November, but really made headlines when he captured the WSW Heavyweight Championship on November 27th on the International Assault Tour in New South Whales, when the "Truth" defeated Ricochet.
In less than a month since, Aries would shock to the world again by capturing the Defiant World Title (formerly the What Culture Pro Wrestling) by defeating the Villain Mary Scurll on December 5th in West Midlands, England. Then on Dec. 17th Aries added his third World Championship to the repertoire by defeating Mark Haskins to win the IPW: UK World Championship.
Aries is expected to return to Australia for the All Star Invasion 2K18 Tour. He'll be wrestling in Melbourne for two night, Adelaide, and Sydney March 16th thru the 19th. He's expected back to defend his title for Defiant and IPW UK in the beginning of the new year. But I believe that Aries 2018 will be bigger and better than 2017.
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