Hello everybody, this is a transcript from NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis Q&A Session, which you could see right now in the embedded video down below. Later on tonight, I’ll have another throwback NWA PPV article for you, as the NWA will be re-airing their New Year Clash event from January 5, 2019. The National Wrestling Alliance is still in transition as we all continue to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Hope everybody is being cautious and making wise decisions. This will past through and thank you for allowing these transcripts to be a distraction for you during these times.
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Nick Aldis: This is the national treasure and the real worlds champion, Nick Aldis. And i’m here to answer your fan questions.
1.) Where Do You See Yourself And The NWA In 5 Years ? @KingSuplex93
Nick Aldis: I see more growth for us. I see us having, you know, bigger attendances, a better platform for the show, more content and just being a definitive player in the industry. You know, I think people sometimes — Look, AEW has really changed the landscape because they seemingly came out of nowhere, but they didn’t really come out of no where. It was a group of guys who betted on themselves for a number of years and have really built up a good fanbase themselves, who then aligned themselves with a guy with tremendous funding and it’s worked out really well for them. But I think that, you know, the unfortunate element of guys like us is that, it creates this expectation for new ventures to grow at this really alarming rate and we don’t have those resources.
So we stay judicious and we stay the course and we keep building our audience. The thing I’ve learned about our business, is that you have to take advantage of the times where you’ve got some momentum and there’s some focus on you. Like in my case, it might be leading up to ALL In, and then The Crockett Cup, NWA 70, the build up to Powerrr. It’s like there are going to be moments where other stuff takes the conversation, takes the oxygen and the best thing to do is to just keep flying away and planning during those periods and then when it shifts back to you, be ready to take advantage of it.
So, I think that our revenue streams are improving, all the time. We’re all perfecting our craft every single time. The morale and the atmosphere in the dressing room, amongst the roster is phenomenal. We’re all on the same page of trying to grow this business and I think that if we stay true to that sort of entrepreneurial spirit of building it, brick by brick like we always say, I think in five years from now we could see a really significant business. We could see, you know, a good solid television show and some good solid touring.
2.) Looking Back, What Is The Best Piece Of Advice You Received While At Dropkixx? @JGprowrestling
Nick Aldis: The best thing I took away from Dropkixx was that they would make us shoot on each other a little bit, you know. John Hall, who was one of the trainers there, he was always showing us how to handle ourselves if someone tried to take advantage of us. So, you know, it’s kind of similar to the stories i’ve heard about Stu Hart where he would say, “hey can I borrow you for a minute?” And you go, oh, no, because you know two minutes from now you were gonna be stretched. I think it gave guys like me, Marty and Stu and all these other guys that came from there, it gave us this confidence that we knew how to handle ourselves, on the one in a million chance that might need to actually be utilized in a pro wrestling match, but I think it also gave us this respect of realism. If you take those three names, there’s not a whole lot of stuff that any of us do, that requires a huge suspension of disbelief. I think it just gave us a sort of foundation of realism to what what we were doing.
3.) Best Home Workouts To Do? @OfficialTurbo
Nick Aldis: That’s a bit of a broad question, but I think it really depends on what equipment you have. If have no equipment whatsoever, there’s a lot of different variations of push ups, you can get a couple of chairs and do like extreme range push ups, where you do push ups between the two chairs or you can do dips, where you put your feet on one and put the heels of your hands on the back of another one and do tricep dips. Variations of squats, lunges, and yoga. My cousin is a really big yogi and she’s actually just started offering a course that you can go to. If you go on Facebook and search for, Yoga With Clare, she’s offering like a four week course for like $40 bucks.
Yoga is no joke. DDP sent me all the DDP Yoga stuff and it’s phenomenal, I mean, it blows you up and it really puts. different stress on you. It really teaches you how you use elements of your body that you just don’t use in a conventional gym workout. So, I would say the combination of those, but I have a set of adjustable Bowflex dumbbells and you can pretty much get it done with dumbbells. The only thing I struggle with dumbbells is my back, because you need to shift around a decent amount of weight, but everything else I can pretty much get it done with some good dumbbells.
4.) Who Is Your All Time Favorite NWA Worlds Champion? @Lewniverse
Nick Aldis: Flair. I think it’s a toss up between Flair and Harley Race. I think Harley Race conveyed the seriousness of what a world champion should be, in the sense of when he walked in a room people went, that’s the world champ Harley Race. But with Flair, I think he just had a way of making it feel like it was a big deal and he made everybody that he wrestled and that’s what a champion, in my opinion is supposed to do. By the time the bells rung at the end of the match with Ric Flair, that guy in the ring was a bigger star. Flair elevated them and you could say the same about Harley, but I think when you combine that with Flair’s ability to speak, his promos were second to none, the way he presented himself, he just took everything to another level. Plus, I think more in terms of the in ring product overall, when you look back at Flair and then look ahead to what all wrestling became, I think Flair changed the business more than any other wrestler single handedly in history.
5.) Who Is Your Current Dream Opponent Mr. Real World Champion? @ShitLock73
Nick Aldis: Wow, I guess if anyone is on the table, I’d love to wrestle AJ Styles. I’ve wrestled AJ, you know previously, but I felt like then I was still a kid and he helped lift me up to another level. But I would love to wrestle AJ now, you know, with everything he’s gone on to do and what i’ve been able to do, I think that would be a story I would love to sink my teeth into. At some point or another, I’d love to finish the trilogy with Cody.
6.) You’ve Held So Many Titles In Different Promotions. How Does It Feel To Represent NWA as Worlds Champion, Compared To Other Title Reigns? @Falkensteinmatthias on Instagram
Nick Aldis: I think that i’m definitely the most proud of this run. You know, anytime a promotion decides that you can be worthy of representing the promotion as champion, it’s always very flattering, it’s always a very good feeling. It meant a lot when I won the TNA Title, just based on the fact that i’d been there for six years and I worked my way up through every position on the card and had been this green prospect that no one really knew much about. Went through the tag team division, mid card stuff, all the way through various different silly angles and stuff like that. You know, to finally get to a point where, we’re talking about a company where you’re sharing the locker room with Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Sting, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, all these guys. So, when they decide, okay, you’re in line, like that was a cooling feeling, but obviously it didn’t work out how I wanted it to.
This one feels different I think because on this occasion, there’s no one else, you can’t really point to anyone else and say, oh, well, it was because of this guy or it was because of that guy, or they pushed him. We took a brand that was basically on life support and within less than a year, we were involved in the most talked about match on the most talked about event of 2018. Then off the back of that, I brought it other places, I’d taken it to like four different continents and wrestled all these guys. To be able to see people, my peers and fans both say to me like, you’re doing a phenomenal job, you’ve brought this to a new level. I remember when I was in Australia, I remember Mick Foley and Tommy Dreamer saying, you’re hitting your stride. You feel like the world champion and that’s a great feeling.
7.) I Feel That NWA Has Restored This Lost Art Of The Promo To The Product. Would You Agree And How Much Do You Value A Good Promo In Today’s Professional Wrestling? @metalblade_666 on Instagram
Nick Aldis: Oh, a good promo is everything. To me, I don’t necessarily see when people say, oh, someone’s a good promo or a bad promo. I try to look at it more verbal skills. Like, because there are a hundred different ways you can get your point across verbally, but if the only way you’re ever given a chance to do that is, here’s a microphone, walk out to the ring and talk, that’s not easy. Some people might do better in an environment like this, with a closed set and a more intimate setting. Some people might do better with an interviewer. I personally prefer having a stick man, I like having someone to bounce off, I like that rapport, that off the cuff feeling. But ultimately, I just think there’s lass emphasis on it as a skill that needs to be developed.
I feel like people talk about promos like it’s this thing that, either you have it or you don’t, that’s bullshit. You work on them the same you work on your wrestling ability. You practice, you try stuff, and you write stuff down. You could watch it back and go, what didn’t work, what did work, should I look away there, or should I say it like this, or should I say it like THIS, or should I take a moment to be more quiet. I just think that what we’ve got at the NWA, is just this elite level group of guys who know how to verbalize their thoughts and to connect with an audience in their own way. You look at the different styles, between the way I do a promo, or how Eddie Kingston does a promo, or how Eli Drakes does a promo, you don’t feel like this a guy doing a promo necessarily, you feel like it’s a guy who’s just embracing who he is, you know, with the volume turned up to 11.
8.) What Are Your Memories Of When Davey Boy Smith Pinned Bret Hart In Wembley Stadium? @nabo_rawk on Instagram
Nick Aldis: I bet everyone was talking about it. I’ve said this before, Bret represented something special to us fans outside the US. Because prior to Bret, Hogan had been the torch bearer and everybody knew who Hulk Hogan was. Hulk Hogan was a giant star and everybody loved him, but a big part of Hulk’s persona was the American Patriotism of it. He was feuding with Yokozuna, kinda making referencing World War II or he was feuding with The Iron Sheik and referencing The Desert Storm and stuff. He was waving an American flag around and his song was, A Real American, so there were times where you felt, oh, this is cool, but it’s meant for Americans, where Bret felt like he was for us.
Obviously with Davey Boy, he was very heavily portrayed patriotically to us British people, he’s The British Bulldog, he had the union jack on his tights and everything, so I just remember us just thinking, wow, these are our two favorite wrestlers. You line up a hundred kids in England at that point who watched wrestling and 99% of them would have said their favorite two wrestlers were, Bret Hart and Dave Boy. So, it should come as no surprise that they main evented Wembley Stadium with like 80,000 people. It was a moment in time for us, everybody was talking about it.
9.) Who Was Your Mentor In The Ring? @onewordlong on Instagram
Nick Aldis: Samoa Joe probably mentored me more than anyone, Doug Williams as well. I think Joe was the first one who really understood how to verbalize the advice to me. He knew how to coach me, rather than just like say like, oh, you’ve got do more of this and do more of that, brother. Joe had a way to really verbalize his coaching to me on a practical level. He would say like, you know, do this right here to create space or do this right here to settle it down for a minute and then get ready for that next sequence. He was the first guy that I really felt myself getting significantly better very quickly based on Joe’s coaching.
I mean there were a lot of guys, I think in terms of how I presented myself, Kevin Nash would be a guy that I bring up. Here’s a funny story, I was sitting with Kevin Nash one night and Vince Russo was there with Dixie and Kevin starts telling them like, how they’re completely missing the boat with me, the tag team is fine, but you got to see this guy in the bars man, chicks dig him, he dresses nice and he talks nice. You know what this guy should be? He needs to be, James Bond. You need to put him in a suit and you need to put a girl with him, not a wrestling girl, but a real girl.
It’s just funny that, you know, we fast forward to today and we see the presentation of me with Kamille and stuff and it’s kind of like, Kevin saw that, he called that years ago. I took a lot of stuff that he said really seriously. I just understood with Kevin that, he knew what was cool. Like he knew how to get the cool factor out of someone and for someone else, it was gonna be different. For him, he could make those sort of hip hops references and stuff when he was doing the nWo stuff, but I couldn’t that cause i’m British. He said, okay, you’re like Daniel Craig, James Bond. You’re suave and sophisticated, but when you want to be, you can be a ruthless ass kicker.
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