During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis revealed his current WWE status, after they already contacted him to try him out as a producer.
Aldis, who’s married to former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James, is considered one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling these days.
Here’s what Nick had to say about WWE and the status of his in-ring career:
“They just invited me to come and, you know, see how everything works and, you know, shadow as a producer and see and just sort of be part of the meetings and oversee the whole, you know, the whole television operation, which is, I mean, again, I’ve done a lot, I’ve worn a lot of hats. I think people who have followed my career, particularly in the last few years know that, in addition to wrestling, I was wearing a lot of hats behind the scenes, you know, at my last place.
So, I certainly don’t feel like it’s a completely new sort of situation for me. Having said that, there’s pro wrestling, and then there’s WWE. So you know, just taking in just the sheer sort of volume of the operation, and just, you know, the number of people involved in that this, the scale of everything is like, just that alone has been the basis of like, my time so far. But it’s like, it’s all very much, it’s all very much a sort of handshake situation at the moment very much a, hey, why don’t you come in and see how all this works?
See, if you like it. I will say this. They’ve been very, very good to me, and very, very accommodating. As far as they’ve said, Look, this is as much about whether you like it, you know. Now, where that goes, I don’t know, and I’m okay with that. Like, it’s tough with, with the internet, you know, and social media, because people want to put this sort of definitiveness on everything. And this finality like, Oh, that’s it. He’s with WWE. That’s it game over, you know. And so now, you know, people say are you not wrestling anymore?
Have you retired? Are you not wrestling? I mean, even the boys are saying that, like, are you done wrestling? You know, and it’s like, slow down.
Yeah, well look and everything could change next week or the week after or anything like that. But I guess to sort of, to put a pin in this because obviously, there’s only so much we can discuss. And it’s not like I’m trying to be secretive or anything. It’s just not that interesting.
It’s just like, yeah, they called me and said, ‘Hey, how would you feel about coming in and, you know, seeing how things operate on the production level, and, you know, shadowing the producers’. And I was like, ‘That would be interesting, that would be fun to see how that works, even if nothing comes of it’. Or even if, and again, I have to make this point.
They also were very open with me about it and said, ‘Look, if you don’t want to do it, like if you’re not cool with this, like, absolutely no hard feelings, you know, like, if you don’t, right now, the same for me or not, I’m not ready to do this yet. That’s totally cool, too’. May as well say it, obviously. I would love the other thing. But until that day comes or doesn’t, you know, I’m gonna explore other opportunities.
Because ultimately, that is absolutely something that I would want to do. In the end. I just, it’s, you know, the question it will be, I guess, whether or not I’m ready to do it now. You know, and we don’t know that yet.”
He then also spoke about the memories of his time in TNA as Magnus:
“Breaking the glass ceiling and winning the World Title. No Brit had ever done that before. The irony is that guys like (Vince) Russo and Dutch (Mantell) would laugh at that now because I always used to say that I didn’t want to be known as a British guy.
It doesn’t matter if I am British, who gives a sh*t? I don’t want to be the token British guy, I want to be the top guy. It doesn’t matter where I am from. Then I won the World Title and there was this outpour of love from British people of like he’s the first British guy to win the World Title.
Suddenly you are like all patriotic again, but I think both things can be true. That was a part of it I wasn’t really thinking about.”
Nick Aldis first appeared in Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) in 2008 as Brutus Magnus and later went just by ‘Magnus’, even managing to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in December 2013.
Magnus was released in June 2015 and joined Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling (GFW) the next day, where he eventually became the inaugural GFW Global Champion in October 2015.
In September 2017, Aldis joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), that had been purchased by Billy Corgan a few months earlier, and ended up becoming the longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of the modern era, when he held the title from October 21st 2018 until August 29th 2021 (after already holding the belt from 2017 till 2018).
He left the NWA in November 2022 and briefly returned to IMPACT Wrestling in 2023.
Nick Aldis is currently working as a backstage producer in WWE.
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