As part of our big fundraising event for the Cauliflower Alley Club over SummerSlam weekend, Hooked On Wrestling sat down for a fantastic chat with NWA World Champion Nick Aldis, just a few weeks ahead of the debut of the NWA’s new weekly series, ‘Primetime’ on FITE.
Aldis, speaking from his home in Tennessee updated us on the status of the NWA and discussed their willingness and ambition to work with any promotion in the world – As evidenced by NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa appearing, title belt in tow, on AEW Dynamite just one night earlier.
‘”We’ve been very consistent from the start. The NWA is open for business. And what I mean by that is, I walked into Ring Of Honor and defended the (NWA World) title multiple times. We made ‘All In’ happen, which was a perfect example of all different organisations with all different contractual obligations and all different objectives and different values all going together and going ‘OK, what’s the most important thing? The fans. What’s the best way to make a moment, a moment in time for fans of the industry?’ And we pulled that off, all of the people involved. The NWA set a precedent right from the beginning that we are open to do that. We are open for business.”
Aldis defended the NWA World Title against Cody in September 2018 in a losing effort at All In, the groundbreaking PPV event that sowed the seed for the creation of All Elite Wrestling. Now the NWA is working with AEW, could we see Aldis appear on Dynamite in the future. He’s open to it. The Kings Lynn native said:
“We are not just saying that to create clickbait, we mean it. I’ve defended the title in China, Australia, Puerto Rico in Europe and in the US in multiple promotions, House Of Hardcore, Ring Of Honor and now Thunder Rosa is gonna go to to AEW because she’s one of the best in the business and the NWA has a track record of making their champions, their championships and their big matches mean something and feel important. So anyone that wants to plug into that energy source, they just have to pick up the phone. We are here, we are ready, we are open to do business. We’ll work with anyone, we’ll work with WWE. Ultimately, if there are match-ups the fans want to see, who’s stopping that from happening? It’s not us. We’re open to do it”
Fans around the world can see Nick Aldis and the other NWA stars in action when the NWA and the United Wrestling Network debut ‘Primetime’ on Tuesday September 15th. The weekly episodic show will air around the world on FITE.
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