Current NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis’ stock is continuing to rise as he aids Billy Corgan to bring NWA back to relevancy. With Aldis’ wife Mickie James employed by WWE, many have speculated as to why Aldis himself isn’t with the company, given his impressive resume. He has now spoken directly on why he isn’t with Vince McMahon’s company.
During an interview with James Walsh of Interactive Wrestling Radio, Aldis commented on exactly why he isn’t with WWE. His answer, as you can assume based on the headline, is extremely interesting, to say the least.
“If I had a dollar for every time I was asked why I’m not in the WWE, I’d never have to wrestle again. For different bulls–t political reasons and for different personal reasons, they won’t give me an opportunity there.”
On this note, Aldis also gave an insight into how his family functions. With James on the road with WWE and Aldis traveling the world for NWA- the Champion discusses how he and his wife spend time with their child.
“It is difficult. But, it is not impossible. I would make this point to anyone who asks this. Yes, there are times… My July is nuts. I go to San Antonio, TX. Then I go to Mesa, AZ. Then I go to Australia… Then I go to Ring of Honor. Yes, there are times it is difficult to be away from my son. There are also guys who are gone 8 hours a day every day… Or maybe 10 hours a day with the commute. Whereas, when I’m home, I’m home all day long. Even if I’m having to work and do stuff at the house, he’s there with me. If I go to the gym, he goes to the kids’ zone at the gym. We play football in the park. He definitely is not starved for parenting, attention, or love. It is just that he gets it in a different time frame.”
Aldis is scheduled to defend his NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Cody in the headlining match at All In later this year.
“We’re headlining and it is for the NWA World Title! It is so crazy where everything has gone. I’m under contract to the NWA, but I’m showing up and working Ring of Honor. Lightning One are producing stuff for Cody and the Bucks leading into All In and Lightning One and Ring of Honor are working together. Ring of Honor and New Japan are working together! The way I look at it, there have been so many missed opportunities where greedy promoters didn’t have the foresight to say, ‘Well, this is a money match. Let’s make it work and we’ll all benefit!’ No, they just went, ‘No, he’s not our guy!’ Or, someone would say ‘Wouldn’t it be great if this guy wrestled that guy’ and they’d say, ‘Well, it can’t happen because he’s under contract here and he’s under contract there.’ Well! It can happen! You’re just not letting it happen! My generation said, ‘No, it can happen and we’re going to make it happen.’ The beauty of guys like Cody, the Bucks, Marty Scurll, myself… All these guys like Pentagon all over the world who’s brands are making their own opportunities. Also, the promoters and producers that have the progressive mindset that is what needs to happen to move the business forward but also aren’t crippled by their egos where they couldn’t bare to admit that it wasn’t their idea.”
Finally, Aldis also commented on how the wrestling scene has shaped over the years into what it is today. He also reveals if he believes this to be a positive or negative thing.
“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, rating 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.”
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