Austin Aries

As noted in last night’s ROH 16th Anniversary PPV recap, Austin Aries made a surprise appearance during the live PPV from Las Vegas confronting ROH TV Champion Kenny King.

Aries, who currently holds the Impact World Championship, surprised many by showing up at the event given that Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling currently don’t have a working relationship between the two companies at this time. reports that while Aries doesn’t actual remain under an exclusive contract with Anthem and Impact, Aries reportedly notified Impact officials about the appearance in advance and that Impact was fully supportive of him appearing on the PPV.

This is clearly a call by the new Anthem/Impact regime consisting of Ed Nordhold, Scott D’Amore and Don Callis in what was described as an “open door policy” to work with any wrestling company they can according to a new report by Mike Johnson.

ROH did not specifically mention the Impact World Championship during Aries’ appearance, with commentators Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana playing up that they weren’t even sure Aries was allowed to appear on the show and his intentions on wanting to “collect” more championships by challenging Kenny King for the ROH Television Championship.


  1. wwe would never do this, but they should it would make the wwe soo much more interesting if the wwe had an open door policy. i mean can you imgaine a wwe, njpw, tna and roh ppv? it would be bigger than wrestlemania.

  2. Wouldn’t work out, but a working relationship between the two could be fruitful now that IW is a shell of it’s former self, and ROH hasn’t seen any real growth in ages.

  3. WWE tried by having NWA wrestlers appear on WWF television but Vince would still put his talent over they also had ECW wrestlers appear on their show including having new ECW champion Tazz face WWF champ HHH…but again Vince put HHH over so in my opinion no one would benefit working with WWE because they’d job the other company person out making the other company roster look weak taking interest away from it

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