- Name: Austin Aries
- Real Name: Dan Solwold
- Date of Birth: April 15, 1978
- Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
- Height: 5'9
- Weight: 210 pounds
- ROH Debut: April 24, 2004
- Nicknames: "A Double", "Greatest Man That Ever Lived", "Greatest Manager That Ever Lived"
- Finisher: Horns of Aries / Last Chancery
- Career Highlights: 2-time ROH World Champion, 1-time ROH Tag Team Champion (with Roderick Strong)
The cocky and oversmart Austin Aries has proven time and time again that he stands by his words and he deserves to be appreciated by his high-flying action as well as dangerous maneuvers that nearly kill his opponents. The cocky Aries joined Generation Next after his debut and eventually threw Alex Shelley from the group and took over. He is credited with ending the longest ROH World Championship reign of Samoa Joe and for being the only competitor to capture the company's top title twice. Aries is also credited for giving a world tag team championship status to the ROH Tag Team Championship by defending it outside the American soil. Aries earned a lot of fan reputation and established himself as a huge star of the company during his profilic six-year tenure.
Ring of Honor (2004 - 2010)
While competing in the independent circuit, Austin Aries signed a contract with the fast rising independent promotion Ring of Honor (ROH). Aries debuted in ROH as a heel at ROH: Reborn Stage 2. He competed in a Four Corner Survival against Nigel McGuinness, Jimmy Rave and Rocky Romero. McGuinness won. At Generation Next, Aries joined Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong and Jack Evans in breaking a match between Special K, Christopher Street Connection and Ring Crew Express. Following the match, the four wrestlers formed a group of young and newcomers called Generation Next, who were going to take their spots without having to earn them from the bottom of the ladder. In their first match as a group, Aries, Roderick Strong and Jack Evans represented Generation Next to defeat Special K in a six-man tag team match. Later that night, Generation Next defeated John Walters, Jimmy Rave and Briscoe Brothers.