NWA World Champion Nick Aldis was a recent guest on the Arm Drag Takedown with Pollo Del Mar and talked about the state of the professional wrestling industry today.
Some of the topics Aldis touched on was the over-use of big spots in matches.
“[Wrestling] got hoodwinked into thinking the most important thing in our business was the match in the ring” Aldis said.
“I got into this to tell stories and to get people invested into characters and emotion. I wanted to be an entertainer! I wanted to be able to indulge in all the things pro wrestling provides which ‘real sports’ don’t.”
Aldis believes that using an older promotion model, similar to what UFC is using, may be the key to gaining fan interest.
“Essentially, if you changed the final outcome of the UFC builds with an NWA World Championship match from the 1980s, the whole lot of it leading up to that is very much the same. The reality was, if you wanted to see these two guys go at it, without interference or in the full match, you either had to buy a ticket or you had to tune into this pay-per-view or this special. That’s essentially what UFC’s model is. They put out [UFC Embedded], they put out smaller cards on free TV, but everything else they put out is press conferences, interviews, profile pieces, all of which is leading to the fight. The fight is the attraction.”
Aldis also discussed his storyline of the “unknown champion” and turning it into something much bigger.
“Dave [Lagana] and Billy [Corgan], as the Managing Editor and Executive Producer, took that story and instead of [pretending] certain elements [that] some people might look at as ‘negative’ didn’t exist, they, in fact, embraced that and made it a compelling part of the story. In fact, that’s the part people have been most interested in. … You can find the elements of people’s real lives and make them into a compelling story, if you know how to do it right.”
Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dies at 82
Former AWA, NWA, and WWE superstar Larry “The Axe” Hennig, father of WWE Hall of Famer Curt “Mr.Perfect” Hennig and grandfather of current WWE superstar Curtis Axel, has passed away at 82 following a lengthy illness and kidney failure.
WWE released the following statement regarding his passing:
“WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.
A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.
Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.
WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.”
Jose Lothario Dead at 83
Professional wrestling legend Jose Lothario has passed away at 83, according to an announcement from former NWA President Bruce Thorpe who issued the following statement on his official Twitter page.
Sad news today. The great JOSE LOTHARIO has passed away. So thankful that I had the opportunity to induct him into the NWA Hall of Fame while I served as President. He was so happy and it was my pleasure to induct him. God bless you Jose Lothario and may you Rest In Peace.
— R. Bruce Tharpe (@rbtharpe) November 6, 2018
Lothario was inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame class of 2017 and is best known in the WWE world as the man who trained WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and was in Michaels’ corner when he captured his first WWE World Championship during the classic WrestleMania match with Bret “Hitman” Hart in the infamous Iron Man match.
Lothario was a legend in the Texas wrestling community and won a number of tag team titles with the likes of Ivan Putski, Rocky Johnson, and Mil Mascaras.
NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away
National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Dick Slater.
— NWA (@nwa) October 18, 2018
Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.
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