IMPACT’s upcoming Slammiversary extravaganza just got more star-studded.
Former Impact Wrestling star Magnus, now better known as Nick Aldis, is about to return.
Aldis, a former World Heavyweight and Tag Team Champion in the promotion, will be teaming alongside fellow Impact Originals Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and Frankie Kazarian against Honor No More. While ROH is now firmly under the AEW umbrella, Impact have been running an inter-promotional angle with several ROH stars being lead by Eddie Edwards.
For Edwards, a stalwart of both promotions, this has provided him some space to reinvent himself once more after years of being a hardcore brawling babyface. Aldis, meanwhile, has clashed with ROH stars in the past. He was meant to defend his NWA Title against PCO back at Supercard of Honor XIV but the COVID pandemic lead to the cancellation of the event. The two will now get to buttheads in this weekend’s multi-man war.
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Slammiversary 2022 marks Nick Aldis’ first time in the Impact Zone in five years. After a spell as the face of the promotion, the then-Magnus moved to Jeff Jarrett‘s ill-fated Global Force Wrestling in 2015. Bar an earlier IMPACT invasion angle in 2017 (there seems to be one almost every year), Aldis has been doing much of his career-best work for the revived NWA.
As a long time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Aldis worked effectively as an old school heel in feuds with the likes of Cody Rhodes, James Storm and Trevor Murdoch. For many fans, comparing his controversial TNA main event run to his NWA work was like night and day.
In storyline, Aldis is the man who drove both Sting and AJ Styles out of the Impact Zone. While it worked in garnering the former Gladiator heel heat, the shenanigans-heavy booking and Dixie Carter’s role as a heel authority figure proved alienating.
Returning a new and improved veteran, Nick Aldis in 2022 could offer the promotion a lot more than just a nostalgic one-off appearance.