Over the past nine months, Austin Aries has been on a mission to prove that he had become a better person since leaving the WWE. This is because Aries was released from the company due to his bad attitude. According to Dave Meltzer, Austin had some heat backstage heat because a lot of people, including the writing team, did not like him. Due to this, Aries developed a plan where he would compete in several independent wrestling promotions to capture as many championships as possible. The plan would put Austin’s personality to the test because if he wanted to become champion, Aries would need to build a good relationship with all these managements for them to put him in title matches. As of right now, it seems like his personality has passed the test because several independent promotions have decided to give him the world championship For instance, Austin Aries defeated Ricochet on November 20th, 2017 to become the World Series Wrestling champion. In December of 2017 he defeated Marty Scurll and Mark Haskins in separate matches to capture the Defiant World Championship and IPW: UK World Championship. Lastly, in February of 2018 he defeated Eli Drake to capture the Impact Wrestling World Championship.
Even though Austin Aries appears to have altered his personality, Impact Wrestling should incorporate his previous personality issues into the storyline of him losing the title. For instance, Aries should cut a promo on the next episode of Impact demanding his rematch clause be invoked right away. Pentagon Jr comes down to the ring and gives Aries a rematch for later that evening. During the match, Rey Fenix joins commentary to watch the bout, Austin becomes aware of his presence and is continuously peeking over to make sure Rey doesn’t decide to help his brother. The concern over a potential Fenix interference will end up costing Austin Aries the match against Pentagon. The next week, Aries should cut a promo stating that every time he is in the ring with one or both of the lucha brothers, it feels like a handicap match. Austin proceeds to ask for another rematch with Rey barred from ringside and Pentagon says that he already beat him. The following week, Austin decides he must take matters into his own hands to get another championship match.
As a result of this, Austin Aries attacks Rey Fenix backstage sending him to the hospital. The following week, Pentagon Jr asks Aries why he attacked Fenix, Aries says he did it because Pentagon refused to give him a fair rematch. Pentagon says all you had to do was earn it and Aries replies with I’m better than those scrubs backstage. Pentagon decides to give him one final match to get retribution for his brother.