Current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries recently spoke to Newsday about knowing he would eventually become champion. "When I think about it, the progression in the last 18 months, I have always been confident that I could be in this position," Aries said. "I don’t know if surreal is the word. It’s more like ‘finally,’ that the hard work, the moments of doubts, in the end all those things work themselves out."
Aries also spoke about working with the legendary Hulk Hogan. "That’s been great," Aries said. "That’s maybe when the word surreal comes in. That’s where my mom calls and says, 'Did you ever think that when you were little and playing with those rubber wrestling dolls that you’d be in the ring with Hulk Hogan?' When you have those moments you go back into your childhood. Who knew how many years ago that you’d be doing this?"
Check out the complete interview online at Newsday.com.