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NWA Champ Nick Aldis Discusses State Of Wrestling



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.”


Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68



Lanny Poffo

Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.

Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.

Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”

Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.

“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.

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NWA Suspends Nick Aldis Ahead Of Hard Times 3



NWA has announced that they have suspended former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis, who recently announced that he would be leaving the promotion citing a dissolving relationship with company owner and promoter, Billy Corgan.

Aldis also noted his displeasure with the programming as motivating factors to his decision to depart the company.

Aldis is set to become a free agent on January 1st.

NWA announced that  Aldis’ suspension will go into effect immediately and he will not appear at their upcoming Hard Times 3 pay-per-view, where he was scheduled to face Odinson.

Here is the statement from NWA:

Pursuant to the recent comments made by Nick Aldis, the National Wrestling Alliance, has suspended Aldis from the main roster and effective immediately Aldis will not appear for the
Hard Times 3 PPV and Revolution Rumble television tapings in New Orleans, LA on Nov. 12, 2022 and Nov. 13, 2022.

As such, the National Wrestling Alliance reserves its right to comment on this matter at a future date.

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NWA Open to Being Developmental System for WWE



NWA owner Billy Corgan, who purchased the iconic pro wrestling promotion back in 2017, is open to working with a few promotions, and particularly has interest in doing business with WWE in a potential NWA-WWE partnership.

During an interview with The Metro, Corgan said that has had conversations with WWE regarding bringing NWA to WWE Network and Peacock.

“Very, very good discussions, very open and cool” he said. “They certainly liked what I was trying to do, and they’ve always been cool about what I was doing in the NWA, so I remain optimistic going into the future that there might be some business there to do.”

While WWE currently utilizes NXT as their developmental system, Corgan believes that the NWA could potentially be a developmental brand for the WWE where it can “help develop” wrestlers who aren’t main-roster ready.

Corgan is also willing to work with AEW, who he said “has a tremendous amount of talent under contract.”


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