Austin Aries, TNA wrestler, receives "severe fine" for crotch thrusting female announcer [VIDEO]

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Some think Aries behavior crossed the line from playing the heel to sexual harassment.
Austin Aries grew up in Milwaukee but is billed as being from Minneapolis and has spent lots of time here wrestling on the independent circuit. His rise from relative obscurity in the Midwest to the heights of professional wrestling has been remarkable -- last year, the 5'9", 35-year-old Aries won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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But he now finds himself in hot water over an incident that happened on live national TV during the May 9 edition of TNA Impact.

Aries -- real name Daniel Solwold Jr. -- thrust his crotch into the face of female ring announcer Christy Hemme after she botched his ring introduction. Here's the video:



After the show ended, Hemme took to Twitter to characterize Aries's behavior as "unacceptable." (Her tweet has since been deleted.) Aries, however, wasn't in an apologetic mood, at least publicly: Days after the incident, TNA President Dixie Carter said her promotion has zero tolerance for "inappropriate behavior" and added, "the incident with Austin Aries was taken very seriously and handled immediately." And yesterday, TMZ reported that Aries "was hit with a 'severe fine' by the organization this week after he went off the script during a recent live event and shoved his man bits into a female announcer's face."

TMZ also reports Aries "reached out to Hemme and privately apologized, acknowledging he crossed the line" and that Hemme is "satisfied" with his apology. His Twitter account, however, remains conspicuously devoid of any sort of statement about the controversy.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens

You could have 2 % body fat and I will still rip on you for being fat. Your dog is has 2 paws in the grave with that fatness.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

I can't wait til I lose weight and then you guys can't mock me for being a fatty. Now, excuse me while I eat this pizza

Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens

Dan Johnson sucks dick for coke. Not the drug the pop. You fat shit. Just fyi totally worth it.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

If the genders in this situation were reversed, Boone would give a shit.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

What? A. this is performance art. B. For Christy Hemme to get upset about something like this when she markets herself as a "sex pot", I'm detecting crocodile tears. Just google her name and click images. She's not exactly working the "Mary Anne" angle.

Emily Koppes
Emily Koppes

How is this at all the same as when a stripper thrusts her crotch in someone's face, Bill? Not only is that person consenting, but they paid for that. Not at all the same as some guy doing it because he's pissed you flubbed a line. That's a pretty disgusting comparison to make.

purebliss22
purebliss22

In the context of the match, it really appears as though Austin Aries is continuing his entrance as if the announcer is not present/beneath his notice rather than insinuating anything sexual. I think this is in keeping with his heel wrestling persona. Yes, Austin Aries is a dick. However, I’m friends with a number of local wrestlers and have met Dan on a couple of occasions and he is polite and thoughtful in person. You wouldn’t imply that a person playing the part of Stanley Kowalski is himself a misogynistic rapist, so why are you insinuating that he is engaging in sexual harassment for what is in essence a theater performance? If he were performing the “Last Chancery” would you write an article about how he assaulted and choked someone?

five12anlonglegs
five12anlonglegs

What a douche. Maybe you have to be that close to see his package.

Bill Bachman
Bill Bachman

I don't hear City Pages complain when a stripper does it...

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

what? Not okay? It's all BS entertainment. That's what they DO. But good on you to promote it and advertise it...I guess.

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