Nick Aldis' move to the NWA was a blessing in disguise.
In May of 2017 it was announced that Billy Corgan agreed to purchase the 'National Wrestling Alliance'. Corgan began his tenure as owner of the company in October of 2017 and he has been at the helm ever since. One month prior to Corgan taking leadership of the organization Nick Aldis captured the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. Before Aldis emerged onto the scene he was working the independents until he was contacted by long-time pro wrestling creative writer Dave Lagana who had interest in bringing Aldis in as the new regime of Billy Corgan was set to begin. During an interview with 'Digital Spy', Aldis broke down the discussions that were held which eventually led to him becoming the head honcho of the NWA roster.
"Dave gave me a call last summer, and I had seen that Billy had bought the NWA and wasn't sure what he was planning to do with it," Aldis says. "But I kind of had an idea in mind of what he wanted to do, and then Dave basically laid out what their initial vision was. I listened mostly, and they asked me where things are happening for me as for as WWE, or TNA, or Ring Of Honor, or anything else." He continued, "I basically said that I hadn't gotten anywhere with WWE, and, you know, there's a myriad of reasons why that could potentially be the case, no-one really gives you a straight answer there anyway. I've heard a few different versions of it, but I wedged to see if it was something that I wanted to see where it could have went."
At the 'All In' press conference in May, Billy Corgan revealed that the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship will be defended at 'All In' on September 1st and the man who will be challenging for Nick Aldis' coveted title is "The American Nightmare" Cody. Aldis stated that they were a ton of fans who questioned the intentions of the NWA for partnering with The Young Bucks and Cody on their self-financed show and he went on to explain why the company decided to do so:
"We had a lot of our fans in the beginning questioning our [intentions]," said Aldis. "'Why are you getting in with these guys?'. [I had to say], hold on, Cody Rhodes, first of all, he's a brilliant talent. No-one respects the tradition of this business more than him, and obviously, it's in his blood. So, I don't think it's that big of a stretch. I think [All In] is the perfect vehicle to bring together all these different visions… we all want the same thing, which is to be big time pro wrestlers. But it's just some of us want to be big time without having to be in the big company, or because we can't be in the big company for whatever reason."
Aldis further discussed his thoughts on 'All In' and 'Bullet Club', wanting to elevate his style of wrestling, and more. To read the full interview, click here.