After holding NWA, TNA, Global Force Wrestling world championships, Nick Aldis was recently interviewed by Wrestling Epicenter's Interactive Wrestling Radio. You can see highlights below, and the full interview at this link.
The rise of British wrestling in the 21st century:
"I take great pride in guys like myself, Wade Barrett, Doug Williams, Marty Scurll... We certainly led that pack. We're e not here to be token British guys! To steal a Conor McGregor line, "We're not here to take part. We're here to take over!" I'll argue this point with anybody! There's a lot of guys right now patting themselves on the back for British wrestling. The reality is, had it not been for TNA sort of solidifying that fan base and giving me that chance to not just be that token British guy the way that other promotions had used British guys... When I had the courage to say "I'm not going to just be a guy, I'm going to be the guy and be World Champion!" They listened, it resonated, and it worked! That was at the end of 2013 and into 2014. Now there's all these guys getting their shot to be on television. I don't think that's a coincidence. I think that's a butterfly effect."
The current wrestling scene:
"I think it is a good age. I think we're on our way. I would love to see it get to a point where it was in the 80's with sold out shows for all different promotions and different guys. I was actually having this conversation with my wife (Mickie James) yesterday. There's a core group of guys who are not in the WWE, around the world there are probably 20 or 30 of them, and obviously it is completely subjective. I don't believe in star systems, ratings systems because it is a subjective thing! It is entertainment. There is no measurable metric. Having said that, in terms of the revenue they make and generate by the fans, there are a group of guys who are sort of considered on a higher level than some of the guys within the WWE - Not all of the guys in the WWE but certainly some of them. Obviously in other eras, there were those that implied that. But now, there are things to sort of quantify that."