Few wrestlers can say they’ve been able to transcend the business in one way or another, and even fewer can make that statement from outside of the WWE. When it comes to Austin Aries, however, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived is hell-bent on changing the world for the better – and we aren’t speaking exclusively about the squared circle.
The man who challenged for the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania recently spoke with us here at CLICKON Sports. Over the course of 30 minutes, A-Double went through a series of topics that really opened the door for fans to see a whole new side of the 39-year-old.
“I grew up eating burgers, brats, eating cheese, I know the other side of the coin. I lived it for twenty years of my life. I know the difference in how I feel and to see other people taking those steps that I took so long ago, it’s really encouraging and it makes my heart smile.”
Having been born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s no wonder that he had football drilled into him from an early age, with the man himself admitting that going round to a family gathering in order to watch the Packers game was one of his fondest memories in the early stages of his life.
But it was wrestling that he gravitated towards and as he began his venture into the unknown, it became clear to Austin that he needed to make a change in his life: and that change was becoming a vegan.
For well over 15 years now Aries has lived a meat-free lifestyle, and as of late the former TNA World Champion has been able to transform his own personal experiences into helping others out there who may be looking to follow the superstar down the same path.
His new book Food Fight, which you can pre-order through the attached link, takes us all on a journey that may well alter your perception of the man you thought you knew. With his plant-based diet and some intriguing tales from his wrestling days there’s almost nothing that you won’t know about Austin once you’ve finished reading, and as you can tell through the interview he’s an extremely intelligent individual.
As we all know the rumour mill has been rampant when it comes to Aries’ departure from WWE earlier this year, but our interview isn’t about trying to uncover some unknown information or trying to get a ‘scoop’. Austin may be a world-class performer but his depth in terms of the things he’s working on outside of the ring is what we should all be focusing on here.
“If you wanna live fast and die young, it’s your life and you get one of them, live it how you want.
They want to find the cure to cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease, let’s find the cure to dementia or Alzheimer’s – we’re looking for all these cures and we don’t want to talk about the one thing that’s affecting this on a daily basis: what we’re putting in our bodies.”
Whether it’s singing some Hootie & the Blowfish at karaoke or catching the latest Brewers game there’s no end to Austin’s stories, and what you see is what you get. With such a genuine guy like that, it’s not hard to see why he’s such a fan favourite, and you can be sure that he’ll keep people guessing for many years to come.