Despite the fact that Nick Aldis was the number one contender for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, he has since been pulled from that match. Trevor Murdoch is the current champion and he will now be facing Tyrus, the former Brodus Clay in WWE.
This in spite of his winning the Race to the Chase Tournament, thus securing him that number one spot. Regardless, Aldis seemed confident that his place in pro wrestling is secure, no matter what promotion he wrestles for.
He made the following statements in an interview with Ella Jay for SEScoops, starting with something he told the owner of the NWA, rock sensation and front man for the alternative rock group, The Smashing Pumpkins:
“I told this to Billy straight up: I don’t think I’m right all the time, I just think I’m right more than I’m wrong. Can you say the same thing? …
I sit here and I’m very calm about the future…Once you get to a point where I know I can add value to any company. I can add value to any promotion and who’s to say you even need a promotion?”via Wrestling Inc. (Transcription)
Of course Aldis is also known from his time in Impact Wrestling, where he wrestled as Magnus. He was there from 2008 until 2015. It was at that point that he entered the indie scene once again, making stops at Pro Wrestling Noah, Global Force and a brief return to TNA.
He recently made an appearance and had a match at Impact, Wrestling with his wife Mickie James.
Being pulled from the aforementioned event despite his number one contendership is odd to say the least, and has many wondering about his future with NWA specifically.
It makes me wonder if it isn’t time to see Aldis on another platform altogether…maybe even one of the two biggest platforms in the industry today…AEW or even WWE.
Although his ties with the AEW movement are there as well. We can’t forget his involvement with the All In PPV in association with ROH…the precursor really to the launch of AEW. He faced Cody Rhodes for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship on that night and lost the title. A huge moment in pro wrestling history.
For years WWE seemed like an odd place for someone like Aldis, but with Triple H now in creative control there, a place for the likes of someone like Aldis seems possible, perhaps even more possible than a run in AEW right now…especially with Cody there too. A reigniting of their old feud seems possible too.
AEW seems to have a wee bit of an issue dealing with the roster as it stands. It’s definitely filled up and with everyone clawing for their place at the top, it seems as though the backstage issues are starting to boil over onto the TV side of things.
This past week’s episode was off in so many ways, as we discussed last time, but the whole vibe was certainly off kilter. So perhaps an environment like that wouldn’t be the best place right now, but a run in WWE seems like a way to go for sure. I definitely see him going one on one with Drew McIntyre down the line.
Hopeful, wishful thinking? Definitely. But remember the old adage, folks: Never say never in pro wrestling, dear readers.