Nick Aldis, the NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion has praised his former company TNA for catering to wrestling fans in the UK.
Aldis was promoting the upcoming NWA Back For The Attack event that is taking place on Sunday, March 21st. The event will air via Virgin Media and Fite TV, starting at 8 pm UK time.
Speaking to the Metro, Nick Aldis discussed fans in the UK being treated as second-best by the industry. This despite the UK having such a wide and rabid fanbase.
“I’ve always tried to instill a culture that the British fans can’t feel like they come second. Let’s face it, for a long time, it was pretty obvious that that’s the case. The UK was the second-best market, but it was by a long way and they were always treated as such.”
Aldis continued, noting that TNA – now IMPACT Wrestling – were at the forefront of putting UK fans first:
“I think some of that started to change with TNA, I think TNA deserves a lot of credit for that. They had such a strong following and because of the efforts of people – not just me, but people like Jeremy Borash and others who were very keenly aware of how much the UK wrestling market was set to explode, really pushed that agenda of ‘If we treat these guys like equals, they’re not gonna be satisfied anymore in a global market with table scraps. They want their own main course.'”
Aldis appeared in TNA from 2009 until 2015. In 2013 Aldis would win his only TNA World Championship by defeating Jeff Hardy to win the vacant title.
Nick Aldis has held the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship for well over two years. He would reclaim the title from Cody Rhodes at the NWA’s 70th Anniversary Show in 2018. At NWA Back For The Attack, Aldis will defend his title against Aron Stevens.
Also on the card is Elijah Burke defending his NWA World Television Championship against Thom Latimer. Thunder Rosa will face Kamille in a number one contenders match for Serena Deeb’s NWA Women’s Championship. The event is being dedicated to the memory of former NWA star Joseph ‘Jocephus’ Hudson who sadly passed away in February.