I really though Nick Aldis was a shoe in to take the NWA title right off the bat. The champion himself did, too. At least he knew it was a distinct possibility. He saw the writing on the wall.
"I'm sitting there, as the world champion of an organization that has changed ownership," Storm said. "My approach on the whole thing -- I approach life, and I approach wrestling, I try to do things in a professional way. So the way I was looking at it was, it's out of my control about who the owner is and how they're going to go forward. I'm sure there was a lot of discussion, people asking me, 'don't you think that as they move forward they're probably going to want to make a splash and probably get the world title on somebody well known?'"
We've seen it happen with a lot of new regimes. WCW vacated all their titles once. We've seen quick title switches as a sort of "reset" in the past. Storm told me that if that's the way that Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana wanted it to go down, then he would have made their wishes a reality.
"That was obviously, for me, a possibility," said Storm. "And truthfully while that would have been a little disappointing, I also would have done that without hesitation. Because to me this is really simple. I don't own that world title. I hold that world title as an honor, and I earned, I think I paid the price and I earned the ability to carry it. But as far as pure ownership, it's not mine. So if they come to me and say 'here's what we want you to do, here's the plan, or here's who we're going with because we believe that's our future, in my opinion, I don't have a choice but to say, 'Okay, it's yours. I get it.'"
Storm understood what many of the others associated with the National Wrestling Alliance didn't.