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Austin Aries debuts at NXT tapings tonight in Orlando

Austin Aries NXT

Earlier today, Paul "Triple H" Levesque said there was a major surprise planned for tonight's NXT TV tapings in Orlando, FL. For wrestling fans, he wasn't kidding as former TNA Champion Austin Aries (Daniel Solwold) debuted with the promotion tonight.

During the fourth hour of the show (scheduled to air on 3/2), NXT General Manager William Regal introduced the 37-year-old Aries and announced he had signed with NXT. Aries was then attacked by Baron Corbin and laid out, which, given the date the show airs, would seem to indicate Aries vs. Corbin has a good chance of being on the next Takeover special, scheduled for Friday, April 1st in Dallas during Wrestlemania weekend.

Aries had been with TNA until the promotion's finances resulted in his contract expiring without being offered a new deal to his liking. Prior to signing with TNA, he had considered leaving wrestling after he was a late cut to get on the cast for a spot on the Tough Enough season in 2011 won by Andy Leavine. He won the TNA World title once, the X Division title six times, as well as the tag team titles, making him the fifth TNA Triple Crown champion.