NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis was recently a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, where he spoke about his time in TNA. He addressed several talents that had worked with the company in prior years and named Neville and Finn Balor as wrestlers he requested TNA to hire.
Aldis gives The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll credit for carving out their own path instead of being relegated to roles given to them by companies like TNA. The Young Bucks previously worked in the promotion as Generation Me before really making an impact on the independent circuit under their current name.
In the process, Aldis also reveals he told the TNA (now Impact Wrestling) office over the years to sign wrestlers such as Neville and Prince Devitt (Balor).
“Where they were at at that point was years of work. They believed in their ability in what they can do. They’re The Young Bucks, they’re not Generation Me, or this other thing, they are the Young Bucks; they are Nick and Matt [Jackson] and they stuck to it. It resonated with people. People started to get behind it and look at where they are at now. Marty [Scurll] is the same way. Marty had several non-started gimmicks, but they are all him, and are manifesting every part of his personality, but as soon as The Villain thing hit, I’ve been with him every step of the way towards the fun and I am not taking any credit whatsoever, he is one of my best friends, but he is someone that I told TNA multiple times to sign him. Even if you don’t like who he is today that he is eventually going to find something and is going to blow the doors off. I said that verbatim. It wasn’t an interpretation of what I said, I said those exact words to the TNA Office. I told them to sign over the years Neville; I told them to sign over the years Prince Devitt [Finn Balor] – but that’s another story for another day.”
Could you have seen Balor or Neville ever signing with TNA? How different would the wrestling industry look today if Matt & Nick Jackson stayed with TNA? Let us know in the comments down below.
With H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.