Nick Aldis was a guest on Monday's episode of Busted Open Radio on Sirius XM. Aldis, who has been very vocal lately after negative comments from WWE's Bruce Prichard, talked about how proud he is to work for the NWA. He also revealed that he makes six figures after refusing to take a check from Billy Corgan for several months.
Aldis said, “I’m very blessed in the NWA. I make six figures. That’s not the case for everyone and I had to earn that. The first six months I worked for this company, I didn’t take a check. I said, I’ll get whatever I get from independent bookings and I’ll prove my value and I made plenty of money from the independents. I defended the title in 7 different countries on 4 different continents. I was doing just fine. I’ve been all in on this, no pun intended. There were times when Billy said just let me know when you are ready to take a salary and I said, no, we are good. After 6 months, I said ok, we have a goal on the horizon and we showed I can do business and do big business and I said you can stick me on a salary now. I’ve been very fortunate to do that. But I think that, and this is a point I want to make to a lot of the young wrestlers. Wrestling companies don’t just start and hand out six figure contracts to people. That’s not normal. There've been a few guys who have had a few sideways things to say about the NWA in that regard but ultimately I generate that revenue for the company. This company, even at this point, is still generating like over 5 figures in monthly revenue. That’s largely due to me. This isn’t about me putting myself over or patting myself on the back too hard. We have some incredible talent and a lot of people have worked really hard to make this thing what is. But deep down, if you are really truthful with yourself, is there really anybody else at this point for whom if they were to leave this brand that this company is in serious trouble. You know the answer. It’s no.”
Aldis' statements contradict what Raven said a couple of weeks ago. Raven said that he heard that the NWA would be shutting down but Billy Corgan later posted a statement to say that he was not shutting it down. Based on what was said during the interview on Busted Open Radio, it sounds like Aldis believes that the NWA will be up and running again at some point.
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