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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-16-2018, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

Who would you rather have as Impact Wrestling's Champion, Eli Drake or Austin Aries? To me, the title switched hands in a schmoz, and I would have rather seen Drake drop the belt to Johnny Impact. It felt like a swerve for the sake of it. I was a big A Double fan, but after his disappointing WWE run and some of his bizarre promos, I would rather not see him as the Impact champ.

Eli Drake picked up the ball and he ran with it. He exceeded expectations and defined what the company is looking for in a world champion. Aries has fallen to the dark side of professional wrestling, and should not be the face of Impact moving forward. They should have brought him back the right way. Not feed the top dog to him in a joke match for the gold. And that is just a fact of life.

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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

I’d rather have Aries as champ. Keep in mind I don’t watch TNA

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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

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Id rather have Aries as champ. Keep in mind I dont watch TNA
Exactly. Then how would you know that Eli Drake is consistently one of the best things in wrestling every week? Christopher Adonis has been great as his lackey/enforcer. Aries walks out in street clothes eating a banana, like he wasn't jobbing out at the end of his last Impact run, and like he didn't end most of his matches in WWE laying on his back. I'm all for Aries being back in Impact, but not like this.
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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

Ehh, the moment Eli Drake match starts I lose all my interest in watching it. He is a good talker. Thats all. Aries is far better in every aspect. They are not even in the same league.

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I'd like to see Jimmy Jacobs and Joey Mercury become lackeys for Aries. It would help Austin look bigger. I'd even give the group a name and call them something like The Professionals.
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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

Sad but true I agree that once Eli match starts i lose interest.I put Eli behind all other recent champs and only ahead of Magnus who I rate as the WORSE CHAMP in TNA/IMPACT HISTORY!!!!

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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

I like Drake but I see him as a modern Jeff Jarrett in that he isnt the best in the ring but his ability to draw heat made him a good heel champion. I would of preferred a long chase with Johnny dethroning him but Aries is great choice.

Aries is one of those guys who can work whatever side they need or even blur the lines as a confident face. In ring he's outstanding and great on the mic.


Comparing both, Aries is way better in the ring whilst on th mic, its much closer and could go to either Drake or Aries. So overall Aries is better option, especially for a new direction of company as he can help bring quality world title matches and could even turn heel when they have their next big face to dethrone him.

Or, they could pull an early AJ Styles NWA reign where Aries has great matches but drops back to Eli Drake in a few months for them to redo Drake vs Johnny Impact.
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Would Austin Aires make for a good champion? Absolutely. He's done it before and he'll do it again.

But, at this juncture, keeping the belt on Eli Drake was the better choice. He's done a great job during the absolute most shit time in the history of the company. He isn't Austin Aires in the ring but he can have fantastic matches like he did with Petey Williams. I see him as equal to or better than The Miz and, if you wouldn't kill to have Miz in your company, I seriously question your business plan.

Austin Aires is a fantastic talent and a helluva a choice to be champ but, if I didn't rip the belt off of Drake for El Patron or Johnny Worldwide, why would I do it when A-Double?
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Re: Drake or Aries, who is the better champion?

I see a lot of people saying how much better Aries is than Drake in the ring. And while I agree with that statement, I honestly don't believe it to be that wide of a margin.

Austin Aries in 2018 is not the same guy in 2012 having matches with guys like Roode and Jeff Hardy which were great. And I'm talking from stuff I've seen him in since leaving WWE, like Defiant Wrestling. Honestly from what I've seen of him, I haven't been that impressed given my expectations from what he used to be.

Drake on the other hand can be hit or miss. He can have some pretty good matches given the opponent but he can also be boring. Again, I would say Aries is better but in 2018, I don't believe it's by much.

I think either is fine as champion, but the manner which Aries won the title just feels like a "been there, done that" kind of thing.
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