Nick Aldis Excited About His Free Agent Status Following NWA Exit
Nick Aldis officially departed NWA earlier this week
The deterioration of the NWA and former Worlds Champion Nick Aldis’ relationship in 2022 was loud and public, with Aldis and NWA Owner Billy Corgan clashing over several issues.
Now officially a free agent, Aldis is looking forward to what 2023 and beyond holds for him, saying the following on the Universal Wrestling Podcast:
"I'm happy to be a free agent. I've got lots of exciting stuff on the books for 2023 independently, you know, several shots in the UK, Australia, and Canada; I'm going back to Calgary next month for the Harts, which is exciting for me, and lots of other stuff on the horizon. What I'm very excited about is just the ability to, instead of thinking, 'Man, if this was me, this is what I would do.' To go, 'No, let's do it.' Ideas you might have or concepts you want to flesh out and do. I have enough contacts now and feel willing to take the risk financially to try a couple of things and see what happens," Aldis said.
Aldis continued, noting how several legends in the industry publicly praised him after his fall-out with the NWA:
"I've been overwhelmed at the number of legends, really big names in our business; names, certainly much, much bigger than mine, who have gone out of their way to say on their respective podcasts or in interviews and stuff to say nice things about me," Aldis says. "Guys like Mick Foley, Ric Flair, DDP. You know, Stinger privately, but I think, you know, anyone who watched TNA knows that Sting was always kind of in my corner. Dutch Mantell, Teddy Long, the list goes on and on, people who I was just blown away at how they were all saying, like, 'Yeah, that guy's gonna be fine.' Even Ric, going as far as to say, 'Well, you know, either one of those two companies [WWE and AEW] needs to get him, and whichever one does is lucky to have him.’
"I don't feel I don't think that way," Aldis added. "I want to make that point. I'm not sitting here going, 'Hey, man, you know, it's just a matter of time, brother.' I'm very open to the idea it might not happen [joining WWE or AEW], but I'm just that's not what any of that was about. It was about, like I said, it was about me just moving on and starting a new chapter, but I will say it's meant a hell of a lot to me; all these huge-name guys have come out and endorsed me like that. That means a hell of a lot."