Austin Aries, the wrestler born as Daniel Solwold, is known as “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”. Whilst we’re not sure how possible it is to bestow complete veracity to this title, its undeniable that Aries is one incredibly impressive individual!
Since his wrestling career began in 2000, Aries has grappled around the globe and won titles at nearly every promotion he’s represented – from Ring of Honor’s World Championship, through to his multiple Impact World Champion reigns and appearing on WWE’s flag-ship annual sports entertainment super show Wrestlemania, Aries portfolio is among the most impressive of his generation.
Outside of the squared circle, Aries is an outspoken vegan having transitioned from vegetarianism in 2011. He’s appeared in PETA videos to encourage others to adopt a plant-based lifestyle and, even more impressively, penned a memoir dedicated to the benefits of a vegan diet.
Food Fight: My Plant-Powered Journey From the Bingo Halls to The Big Time, co-written with Mike Tully, is an impressive book which encourages its readers to ask questions of authority at all times and, especially, the food and dairy industries. The book dispels dozens of myths about vegans, offering insights into Aries’ own food education and personal awakenings in parallel with anecdotes about his life inside the ring. It’s an incredibly entertaining read regardless of whether or not you were a pre-existing fan of the man who refers to himself as “the Spectacular Vascular Vegan”.
Aries reflects on his decision to become a vegan:
At the core, I just don’t think I ever found eating other creatures appetising. Eating meat is part of how we’re raised. Society makes it easy to disconnect yourself from feeling weird about eating meat and encourages you to do what you’re told. So that’s what most people do.
As one of an ever-growing number of wrestlers and athletes who have made the decision to leave animals and dairy out of their diet, Aries is also keen to answer the frequently asked question for how vegans get enough protein.
The same way everybody else does: By eating food! Protein comes from all sorts of food sources. In terms of percentage of protein to overall calories, many vegetable and veggie-based foods have just as much if not more protein than meat.
In the disclaimer which opens Food Fight, Aries makes his position very clear:
I am not a doctor or a licensed nutritionist. Hell, if you want to get technical, I might not actually be The Greatest Man That Ever Lived. I’m just a guy who loves vegetables and loves figuring things out for myself.
Aries is one of a growing number of vegan professional wrestlers including Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Zack Sabre Jr, Jack Gallagher, Markus Burke, Allie, Veda Scott and retired legends Lita and Finlay.