Austin Aries

Oct 12, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment

photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment

Real name: Dan Solwold
Height: 5’9″
Weight 202 lbs.
Date of birth: April 15, 1978
From: Milwaukee, WI
Pro debut: November 24, 2000
Trained by: Eddie Sharkey
Finishing move: Brainbuster


– On April 12, 2003, at the Mid American Wrestling 10th Anniversary Show, Aries defeated Shawn Daivari.
– On December 26, 2004, Aries defeated Samoa Joe in Philadelphia, PA to win the ROH (Ring of Honor) title.
– At the 2005 Unbreakable PPV, Aries defeated Roderick Strong.
– In September 2005, Aries signed with TNA.
– At Turning Point ’05, Aries and Matt Bentley defeated Alex Shelley and Roderick Strong.
– Aries, Shelley and Strong defeated Matt Bentley, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt at the 2006 Final Resolution.
– Aries and Strong defeated Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi in Tokyo, Japan on July 9, 2006 to retain the Ring of Honor Tag Team titles.
– On August 12, 2006, Aries and Strong beat The Briscoe Brothers to retain the ROH Tag Team titles in Liverpool, England.
– Aries rejoined TNA at the 2006 Bound for Glory as Austin Starr. At the PPV, Starr won the Kevin Nash Open Invitational X Division Gauntlet Battle Royal.
– Per his request, Aries was granted his TNA release in June 2007.
– On June 13, 2009 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, NY, Aries defeated Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black in a three-way match to capture the ROH title.
– At Destination X ’11, Aries defeated Zema Ion, Jack Evans and Low Ki to earn a TNA contract.
– At No Surrender ’11, Aries defeated Brian Kendrick in Orlando, FL to capture the TNA X-Division title.
– Aries defeated Kendrick at Bound for Glory ’11 to retain the X-Division title.
– At Turning Point ’11, Aries defeated defeated Jesse Sorensen and Kid Kash.
– Aries defeated Kid Kash at the 2011 Final Resolution PPV to retain the X-Division strap.
– At Against All Odds ’12, Aries defeated Alex Shelley.
– Aries defeated Bully Ray at Sacrifice ’12.
– At Slammiversary ’12, Aries defeated Samoa Joe.
– At Destination X ’12 in Orlando, FL, Aries pinned Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight title.
– Days later, Aries agreed to a multi-year contract with TNA.
– At Hardcore Justice ’12, Aries defeated Roode to retain the TNA championship.
– On November 29, 2012, Aries defeated TNA X-Division Champion Rob Van Dam by DQ.
– At Final Resolution ’12, Aries defeated Bully Ray.
– At X-Travaganza ’13, Aries defeated Samoa Joe.
– On January 25, 2013, Aries & Bobby Roode defeated Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez to win the TNA Tag Team Titles.
– At Lockdown ’13, Aries & Roode defeated Chavo & Hernandez and Christopher Daniels & Kazarian in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles.
– On June 20, 2013, Aries (as Suicide) defeated Chris Sabin & Kenny King in a 3-Way Match to win the TNA X-Division Title, but would lose it back to Sabin barely a week later.
– On November 23, 2013, Aries defeated Chris Sabin to win the TNA X-Division Title, but would again lose it back to Sabin mere weeks later
– At Hardcore Justice ’13, Aries defeated Sabin.
– At One Night Only: #OldSchool, Aries defeated Chris Sabin & Sonjay Dutt in a 3-Way Match.
– On January 16, 2014, Aries again defeated Chris Sabin to win the TNA X-Division Title.
– On January 30, 2014, Aries defeated Zema Ion to retain the TNA X-Division Title.
– On June 20, 2014, Aries defeated Sanada to win the TNA X-Division Title. He would retain the title a week later in an 8-Man Gauntlet Match.
– On August 7, 2014, Aries entered and won the TNA Gold Rush Tournament, defeating Knux in the first round, before winning a 5-Way final.
– At House of Hardcore 7, Aries defeated Drew Galloway.
– On January 7, 2015, Aries defeated Low Ki to win the TNA X-Division Title, but lost it back to Low Ki at the next taping.
– On the January 8, 2015 Impact taping, Aries was one of four Feast or Fired winners. His case contained a TNA World Title shot.
– During the summer of 2015, Aries and TNA parted ways.
– In early 2016, Aries signed with WWE.
– On March 2, 2016, Aries made his NXT TV debut and was attacked by Baron Corbin
– At NXT Takeover: Dallas, Aries defeated Corbin
– At NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II, Aries defeated No Way Jose
– In October 2016, Aries suffered a broken orbital socket, which would require permanent titanium plates inserted to repair the damage
– In December, Aries joined the commentary table for the Cruiserweight divison on Raw, 205 Live and Main Event
– On March 6, Aries attacked Neville during an in-ring interview, signalling his return to active competition
– At Payback ’17, Aries defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville by DQ
– Aries was granted his WWE release on July 7, 2017
– Aries returned to the indies at House of Hardcore 34, defeating Matt Delray
– At House of Hardcore 35, Aries defeated Alex Reynolds
– On November 27, Aries defeated Ricochet to win the WSW Heavyweight Title
– At House of Hardcore 36, Aries defeated Joey Mercury
– On December 5, Aries defeated Marty Scurll to win the Defiant Heavyweight Title. He would defend the title against Gabriel Kidd & Travis Banks before the week was out
– On December 17, Aries defeated Mark Haskins to win the IPW:UK World Title
– In January 2018, Aries re-signed with Impact Wrestling
– On January 10, Aries defeated Eli Drake to win the Impact World Title. Over the next week, he would defend against Drake, Johnny Impact and Matt Sydal, as well as winning Sydal’s Impact Grand Title
– On January 21, Aries fought DWW Champion Pete Dunne to a double-pinfall draw
– On February 19, Aries defeated Martin Kirby to retain the Defiant World Title
– Two days later, Aries defeated Mark Haskins to retain the IPW:UK World Title
– At Impact Wrestling’s Last Chancery special, Aries defeated Matt Sydal & Kongo Kong to retain the Impact World Title
– In March 2018, Aries defended the WSW World Title against Brian Cage (twice) and Marty Scurll
– At House of Hardcore 40, Aries defeated Brian Cage
– On April 13, Aries defeated Shane Strickland to retain the Impact World Title and win the DEFY 8xGP Title
– A week later, Aries defeated Bryce Benjamin & Isaias Velazquez to retain the Impact World Title
– In May 2018, Aries returned to competition for Ring of Honor
– At Impact Under Pressure, Aries defeated Pentagon Jr to regain the Impact World Title
– On May 26, Aries defeated Markus Burke to retain the Impact Grand Title
– On June 1, Aries defeated Aiden Prince to retain the Impact World Title
– At One Night Only: Zero Fear, Aries defeated Rich Swann to retain the Impact World Title. Shortly after this match, the Impact World and Grand Titles were officially merged, with the Grand Title being dropped
– On June 24, Aries defeated Johnny Impact to regain the WSW Heavyweight Title, having lost it to Brian Cage two days prior
– The next day, Aries defeated Bel Pierce to retain the WSW Heavyweight Title, Impact World Title and DEFY 8xGP Title
– At Best In The World ’18, Aries defeated Kenny King
– At Slammiversary XVI, Aries defeated Moose to retain the Impact World Title
– In July 2018, Aries defended the Impact World Title against Dustin Cameron & Eddie Edwards
– On August 13, Aries defeated Fallah Bahh to retain the Impact World Title
– On September 13, Aries defeated El Texano Jr to retain the Impact World Title
– Aries lost the Impact World Title to Johnny Impact at Bound For Glory ’18. Immediately after the match, Aries got up and walked to the back, no-selling the end of the match. Aries was sent home from the next set of television tapings
– On November 25, Aries defeated Flip Gordon to retain the WSW Heavyweight Title
– On January 26, 2019, Aries defeated Aleki to win the Unify World Title
– In May 2019, it was announced that Aries had signed with Major League Wrestling
– On September 21, Aries defeated Evander James to win the PPW Heavyweight Title, but lost it to Clutch Adams in his first defence a month later
– On March 19, 2022, Aries defeated El Mesias & Dr Wagner Jr to win the vacant X-LAW Heavyweight Title
– On February 17, 2023, Aries defeated Chad Daniels to win the CWE Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title, but lost it back to Daniels the next day

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