Austin Aries Talks About His Vegan Lifestyle, ECW Original On Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe

– In an interview with ESPN, Austin Aries spoke out about his Vegan lifestyle:

“It really started off as simple as a guy that I was traveling with just saying, ‘Hey, red meat and pork is really not good for you.’ That simple. I started asking questions. It just came a point in my life where I was trying to figure out who I was. I was inquisitive learning about the world, kind of exploring, and seeds were planted that kind of just took bloom. I think that once I started connecting dots of where my food was coming from and the reality of that, as opposed to maybe what you think it is as a little kid, and the realities of how my food was getting to my plate and what the real effects of that are. When I started connecting those dots, I couldn’t disconnect them. I couldn’t put my head back in the sand, and I wanted to know more.”

Aries also commented on how he gets protein:

“As far as the protein thing, I think this is really for any of the boys or the ladies on the road, is that it’s always about being prepared, because our schedule is so crazy. A lot of times our choices at midnight or one in the morning aren’t going to be good no matter what you eat. They make plant-based protein powders, no different than the stuff they make out of whey protein. I’m also a big fan of lentils. You can get precooked packages of lentils — I think the ones I have contain over 40 grams of protein. It’s just having those in case you’re in a pinch and you can’t find a good café or a Whole Foods or a place where you can get the food that you need. Always have something — protein bars, some snacks and always plenty of bananas.”

– ECW Original Shane Douglas commented on Samoa Joe’s rise in the WWE and how he was always a big fan of his while both in TNA in a recent interview with The Triple Threat Podcast. Douglas also pokes fun at WWE’s usage of the name “Great Balls of Fire” for their upcoming pay per view and why WWE couldn’t wait until SummerSlam to have this huge match. Here are the highlights:

Shane Douglas On Haku: The Myth, The Truth And Watching The Mayhem:

Shane Douglas On WWE’s Horrible Great Balls Of Fire PPV Name, Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar:

Did WWE jump the gun with Brock Lesnar Vs. Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire:

“Hold on a second (laughing). You can’t feed me a question like that and say by the way it is called Great Balls of Fire. That is a sh*tty name. That is the sh*ttiest name ever (Vince) for a pay per view, it sucks. Great Balls of Fire, what’s next? “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “My Prayer” there are a bunch from the 50s. How about “Heartbreak Hotel” that could be a good one for the next month. Good God, Vince has lost his mind.”

Samoa Joe in the Main Event for a WWE Pay Per View:

“I’ve always been a huge mark for Samoa Joe. He certainly looks like he is getting in better shape and is credible enough to stand in the ring with Brock. I don’t know if with the WWE fans yet, have they gotten him over in the WWE fans minds. At least to the same degree that I know Samoa Joe, or you guys know Samoa Joe but if so than that should be a program that they could work around the loop for the next year or two. That is the question. I haven’t seen anybody that (using Steve Austin’s euphemism) Vince has strapped a rocket to their ass in a longtime there and I don’t think he’s done it to Samoa Joe. With that said, I’ve known Samoa Joe from working with him in TNA and I was a mark for him then, I’ve been a mark for him now and his work and I’d love to see what they can let him do. The question is how will Brock pan out. But for him, Samoa Joe is a legit opponent who can go and if done properly they could draw money with that. But that is a great big asterisk on if done properly.”

Should WWE have waited for Summer Slam to have the match:

“They should definitely have dumped gasoline on it and the problem is that they’ve got nothing else. What do you put on top of the next pay per view being “Great Balls of Fire” because I can’t even say that without laughing. They need to do something and there are rare instances where you can initiate a great storyline off an initial match and Joe certainly has the goods to do that. It will be if Brock is eager to work with him and with Paul Heyman being involved it certainly won’t hurt it. Obviously, a great mouth piece, a great mind so they can continue to initiate a great storyline. Again it is a great big asterisk of if they do it and I hope they do. Joe and Brock could be some damn compelling programming.”

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