Austin Aries Release
As we reported Friday, Austin Aries is no longer employed by WWE. Conflicting stories are now surfacing about the situation, with some saying Aries requested his release and others saying that that’s not the case. It’s now being reported that Aries signed a three-year deal last year, and though he did not ask to be released from that contract, he was thrilled when he was.
Aries is said to have had some heat backstage with the powers that be. He was not happy with the fact that his WrestleMania 33 preshow match with Neville was not included on the DVD (meaning that neither man received royalties). It’s also being rumored that the writing team for RAW and 205 Live didn’t like dealing with him.
Aries is under the standard 90-day no compete, so he won’t be free to work elsewhere without WWE’s express permission until October.
SmackDown Live Rap Battle
If you watched SmackDown Live on Tuesday, then you saw the Rap Battle between New Day and The Usos. You also heard the not-so-veiled reference that was made to the Xavier Woods/Paige scandal from earlier this year. From what we are finding out now, neither Woods nor New Day were aware that was going to happen beforehand.
Rapper Mega Ran, who was part of New Day’s entourage Tuesday night, had the following to say about the line and who knew what.
“Although the producers of the segment requested both teams send in their rhymes for the script, only The New Day obliged. The Usos showed theirs to one producer, but made a point to not let The New Day see their bars, which referenced a salacious story involving Woods.”
As we now know, WWE has since edited that line from the segment.