During his appearance on Conversations With The Big Guy, Austin Aries spoke on the incident with Christy Hemme in 2013 that led to him being labeled a sexual harasser. Here’s what he had to say:
After that incident in 2013 — Again, that on-air interaction between me and the ring announcer [Hemme] — I got classified as a sexual harasser. And that, for me, was really difficult. And I — it turned me very dark, and I really leaned into it. ‘If this is what you think of me and who I am, well then, I’ll give you that.’ Because as we know as wrestlers, the most important thing is to listen to the reaction. I don’t care if it’s good or bad, so I leaned into the bad because it was easy. But that slowly started to erode [me] personally; it takes a toll. You start to blur those lines.
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Credit: Conversations With The Big Guy. H/T 411Mania.