Nick Aldis is a tw0-time NWA World Champion. He first reign was ended on September 1, 2018 by Cody Rhodes at All In. Aldis managed to regain his championship less than two months later the NWA 70th Anniversary Show.
Speaking to Daily DDT, Aldis revealed that Cody Rhodes, now one of All Elite Wrestling’s Executive Vice Presidents has contacted him with regards to signing with AEW.
Aldis revealed that while he did want to work with AEW, he also wanted to be given the chance to continue wrestling for the NWA. The Englishman revealed that the two parties could not work out a deal, and this is why he hasn’t signed with the new promotion.
“I’ll tell you the truth: I was made an offer by AEW. I counter-offered with, ‘I’d like to be able to do both.’ I’d like to work with them because obviously I have great admiration for Cody and the Bucks for what they’ve been able to do. But I wasn’t prepared to walk away from the two years of work I’ve done with the NWA. And that was that. I left it open with, ‘If you can find a way to keep doing this and do your show, I’ll do your show.’ They essentially wanted to offer me a contract and have me walk away from what I’m doing here and I said that doesn’t make any sense to me. Really, there’s no reason to. It’s just a hangover from the way things have always been done. Obviously, we hear this ‘Change the World’ phrase a lot, but that was my pitch to them. ‘If you really want to change the world, why can’t we do that?’”
“Because that really would be a change for one guy to work there but also come here. I’m still on very good terms with Cody and the Bucks and I had a very nice conversation with Tony [Khan] and everyone was aware of it. Billy and Dave were aware of it. At the time, my stance was if I can do both, then I’ll do it and I think that as it shakes out and everyone starts to realize the demand that will be on them with cable TV and stuff like that, those possibilities will be way more apparent in the next coming year for some guys.”
With Aldis and AEW higher-ups reportedly still on good terms, and NWA and Ring of Honor parting ways in the past week, there is a great possibility that Aldis could wrestle in an AEW ring before too long.