Austin Aries made headlines during his feud with Johnny Impact over the Impact World Championship when he referred to Impact’s wife as ‘husky’ and had a very homophobic tone to his tweets on Impact. This offended a lot of people and ultimately led to Aries deleting the tweet, though the damage had been done.
His tweet read as the following:
“Ahh, the form of discrimination that’s still super cool: Short Shaming.
If I joked race, retards, your gay look…if I fat shamed your husky wife, INSTANT OUTRAGE!!
But you can predictably cut on me over my height, genetics I don’t control, and it’s just FUNNY!”
So how is Ryback involved in this? Twitter user @Darksyde316 took to Twitter to ask “The Big Guy” what his opinion is on gay men enjoying his body, given what Aries had said on Twitter.
@Ryback22 Hey Ryback…greetings here from Germany! Still miss seeing you in the ring.
Would like to know after @AustinAries shot some sort of homophobe quotes on Twitter recently how you think of gay men enjoying your sight and body
— Chase Darksyde (@Darksyde316) November 5, 2018
Ryback would respond to that tweet, providing his support for the LGBTQ+ community and showcasing his own stance on the matter- a massive difference to what Aries had said in regards to Impact.
— The Big Guy (@Ryback22) November 5, 2018
The tweet has already started gaining traction, with the replies seemingly all positive towards what Ryback had to say- many thanking the wrestler for being so open about a subject most wrestlers don’t seem to touch on.
Class act ??
— Steven (@ilikecoffee1989) November 5, 2018
Huge pop ??
— some athletic dropout (@Noplacecold) November 5, 2018
There's a lot to digest here but my first impression is…..this was a nice thing to say.
Good on ya big guy.
— Rufio Rush (@RufioRush) November 5, 2018
As it pertains to Aries, it remains to be seen what the former Impact World Champion does moving forward. We recently reported that he is likely suffering from a concussion, and Impact is said to be hoping he’ll be back to work with them again.
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