While appearing on The Tomorrow Show, Austin Aries explained why he started carrying a banana around during his WWE run.
“I’m just going to say this about the banana. The Hall Of Fame is long, okay? And I saw lots of people dressed to impress that night. Lots of nice suits. Lots of nice dresses. Let me tell you something, about three and a half hours in, I guarantee about 40 percent of that audience wished they had a banana in their pocket instead of a pocket square, because I got famished,” Aries explained. “I was running low on some energy, and that pocket square wouldn’t do me any good. But I got a nice little shot of some natural sugars and potassium, and then I just used my sleeve to wipe my mouth off. And I didn’t need the pocket square. So sometimes the thing comes in handy in a pinch. You never know.”
Austin then would then talk about why he decided to stick with it.
“There’s nothing unpredictable about this whatsoever,” he said. “So when all of a sudden some guy randomly has a banana in his pocket and everyone goes, ‘What’s with the banana?’ Exactly! You’re asking a question and you’re intrigued by something, how refreshing. And the minute I tell you why the banana, now you don’t care. And maybe there isn’t a why, and maybe there is, and maybe I’m never gonna tell you. There’s nothing better than when people see bananas, now they think of me.”
You can check out footage from his appearance embedded in the video below: