For more than a decade, Aries plied his craft in rings around the world on the independent scene, doing battle with the likes of Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe. Implementing an offense that’s equal parts hard-hitting and high-flying, Aries racked up world championships wherever he went.
Aries finally arrived in WWE in early 2016, entering the ranks of NXT. He was quickly introduced to the cutthroat nature of NXT by the vicious Baron Corbin, who blindsided A-Double as he made his arrival. A-Double, unafraid to step in the ring with much larger opposition, demanded a match with The Lone Wolf and got his wish. Making his NXT in-ring debut, Aries stunned Corbin at TakeOver: Dallas, catching the big man off guard with a roll-up to earn his first victory.
After competing against the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger in NXT, Aries was sidelined with an injury. Despite his inability to compete, A-Double made his presence felt as the color commentator for WWE 205 Live.
On the March 6, 2017 episode of Monday Night Raw, Aries attacked WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. The next night on WWE 205 Live, Aries officially joined the Cruiserweight division and earned a hard-fought victory against Tony Nese.
A week after returning to the ring, Aries made his in-ring debut on Monday Night Raw and defeated Ariya Daivari. One night later on WWE 205 Live, A-Double won a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match to earn an opportunity to challenge Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania.
Back in action, every day is a great day to be Austin Aries, and a bad day to be his opponent.