As noted, former TNA and ROH star made his NXT debut at the promotion’s television tapings from the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Friday evening.
Aries was introduced by NXT General Manager William Regal during the taping for the March 2nd episode of the show, only to be attacked by NXT veteran Baron Corbin as he was making his way to the ring.

WWE.com published the following this evening regarding Aries’ NXT debut:
Austin Aries Arrives In NXT
ORLANDO, Fla. — NXT continues to show why it is the fastest-growing brand in sports-entertainment, making waves with another huge signing during Friday’s tapings at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida.
Austin Aries, a 15-year veteran of the squared circle who’s competed against the likes of Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe, stepped into a WWE ring for the first time to put pen to paper on his NXT contract. The signing will air on Wednesday, March 2.
News of Aries’ arrival was first reported on the official NXT Twitter account. WWE COO Triple H also tweeted his thoughts on the huge signing.
Why has The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived chosen to step between the yellow ropes now? What does he have in store for the Superstars of Tomorrow? Find out by watching WWE NXT, Wednesdays at 8/7 C, only on WWE Network!