Nick Aldis spoke with Sam Roberts on his decision to give his notice to the NWA and how everything shook out over the past week.
Aldis said things changed last year around the NWA 73 pay-per-view in St. Louis, which he said the world title angle and building to the Chase Hotel in the city was his “baby” and developing it. He lost the title to Trevor Murdoch in the main event of that show but Aldis’ story was taken over by others, according to him.
Aldis believed the new direction did take with fans and they had trouble selling tickets and felt he was in a tough spot to give constructive criticism to the issues affecting the company when his answer circled back to him as champion and a compelling main event story.
Aldis revealed that he signed a one-year contract in January 2022 and said the relationship was over once he was privy to a conversation Billy Corgan had with Aldis’ wife, Mickie James. According to Aldis, Corgan told James that Aldis was pressuring him to put the NWA title back on him and when that information got back to Aldis, he realized the relationship had to end and disagreed with that characterization by Corgan.
Aldis said things got harder when Corgan became more “hands-on” and felt that Corgan just wasn’t that good at it and the audience left in droves. He said he felt it “became a show for one person” and noted that some of the whackier angles “would not pass the Harley Race test”, stating he wouldn’t know how to defend some of the content to Race if he was still alive.
Aldis’ new deal had provisions where Aldis could get out of the deal with sixty days’ notice and conversely, the NWA could end the deal by providing Aldis with ninety days’ notice. Therefore, Aldis gave his notice and was intending to work the shows this weekend in New Orleans including the Hard Times 3 pay-per-view against Odinson.