Update On Christy Hemme/Austin Aries Incident On Impact - Was It Pre-Planned?
By Daniel Pena
May 13, 2013 - 10:32:42 PM
Last Thursday on Impact Wrestling, TNA ring announcer Christy Hemme mistakenly introduced Austin Aries and tag team partner Bobby Roode as their opponents for the evening, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. This led Aries to corner the inaugural winner of WWE's Diva Search in the ring as he intimidated her into correctly introducing him before climbing onto a second-level turnbuckle and shoving his groin near her face. According to a source within the organization, the scene was not pre-planned.
In response to whether the former WWE Diva was legitimately bothered by Aries' actions on Impact, the source responded, "Of course, she was. How would you react? It's one thing if that was set up as a work earlier in the day, and even then our girls would have to reassure our agents over and over again that they would be okay with that spot before it got approved for television."
The source adds that he believes she was "technically sexually harassed."
Following the show, Hemme voiced her displeasure with Aries' actions via Twitter, deeming it "unacceptable." Late Saturday night, Aries appeared to address the incident though the social networking outlet, writing, "Pretty nuts, some of the junk people get the balls to say over the net, knowing they couldn't to your face...Eh, anyway, time to sack out."
Pretty uncalled for if you ask me.
Doubt anything comes of this and it'll be very bad for TNA if it does. Aries is a top guy in the company, suspending or firing him would likely cause a decline in the internet fanbase they worked very hard to bring back after 2010. It's a small problem in the grand scheme of things, Aries knows his limits and as you can see Christy was amused by it. Aries didn't touch her and as soon as she touched him he jumped off and moved away. No big deal.