When you start a major wrestling promotion set to air on TNT, you have to find stars who will bring fans to your show. As such, AEW did its best to sign some major stars.
One such star is Nick Aldis. The current NWA Champion discussed getting an offer from AEW prior to Dynamite being launched. This is what Aldis had to say on Konnan’s Keeping it 1oo Podcast.
“At that time, Tony [Khan] did not make that an option [to work in AEW and the NWA at the same time]. I did [ask] though. That was the first thing I asked for and he wanted exclusive. It was a long time ago. It was January of 2019 that Tony set up a call and look, I appreciated it. It’s nice to be desired, right? And we had a long conversation, but he trusted me because he told me then that they had the deal with TNT and it was starting in the Fall and all these things that ended up happening and it’s like, he trusted me enough and I respected that, the professionalism and telling me these things and look, it’s Keepin It 100, if the money had been right, I would’ve had to go, you know what I mean? I would’ve had to been like, ‘Look, it’s great to have passion, it’s great to believe in what you’re doing’ but ultimately if the money was too good to be true — it was a fine offer but not — it was the same as what [I] was making. Billy [Corgan] bumped my money up. He bumped my money up a couple of times.”
Aldis in AEW would have been an interesting development. Cody and Aldis put on a terrific match at All In.
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Thanks to Post Wrestling for the transcription of the quotes.