The show that would give birth to AEW – All In – would feature a high-stakes match for a wrestling championship with a long pedigree.
At the event, which took place on September 1 2018, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis faced Cody Rhodes.
The match would see Rhodes win the belt only to lose it back to Aldis on the NWA 70th Anniversary Show on October 21 2018 in a two-out-of-three-falls match.
Speaking with Sportskeeda, Nick Aldis would speak about Rhodes’ brief NWA run, saying:
“I loved that angle, that to me is the most enjoyable stretch in my career.
“I’ll tell you why, because it felt like, it really had an old-school feel to it.
“Not because of what we did because I thought what we did was actually pretty cutting edge… I thought a lot of it was pretty innovative.
“But the fact that… there wasn’t this plan, there wasn’t no creative team, there wasn’t no sort of multi-million dollar marketing machine behind it.”
With this ‘organic’ feel to the story they were telling, Aldis reflected on the old-school feel of the program they were working, explaining:
“It was he and I, just sort of […] ‘Where should we go next? What about this? Yeah, now let’s do this. Yeah, this will keep it going.’
“It was all very organic.
“It felt more like how somebody like Harley Race or Dusty [Rhodes] or Ric [Flair] would’ve done a program with each other when they were working in a territory or something.”
The success of All In would lead to the creation of AEW in 2019 of which Rhodes was a fundamental part until his return to WWE in 2022.
Nick Aldis would continue to be part of NWA, though has recently been suspended from the company.
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