Former TNA World Heavyweight and Tag Team Champion Nick Aldis recently took some time to participate in an interview with PWMania.com. Aldis spoke about why his feuds in TNA was drawn out and wrestling James Storm in his last TNA match. Here are the highlights.
On June 28th, both yourself and James Storm wrestled your last match for TNA. What were the feelings you both felt going into the match and afterward?
I already knew that I was leaving. I gave my notice at the beginning of June. As my contract was laid out that’s what I had to do. I knew that whatever happens at Slammiversary it would be my last day, physical last day. We had done some tapes and shows that are still airing. None of us knew about James and I’m friends with James but we’re not that close where he’s going to share that kind of stuff with me. I just saw him one day at the show and then the next day I saw him again and he said, ‘I think I’m finishing up too’. I just went, ‘oh wow’, okay and that was the end of it. It was none of my business but okay, cool. Let’s go out with a bang and that was pretty much it. I was very proud of that match. It was a departure from a lot of the stuff I did before. It meant a lot to both of us.
I can’t speak for James and I don’t know what’s going on with him. I don’t know why he choose to leave or anything like that but I know that he’s very proud of his time in TNA and he’s very proud of being a big part of helping that company grow. So for both of us it was a situation where we said we want to go and give the audience that invested all their time in us over the years that we had something to remember. That was what we did.”
During your time in TNA you have really long well drawn out feuds, what could you attribute to their success their longevity?
To me the most significant feud I had was with Joe. First we had the tag team that was just to me one of my fondest memories. It was so easy but also so good that I just put it on cruise control. We just had so much energy and so much momentum that eventually turned into a singles rivalry first with the TV title and then after things developed the way they did and then we were in the (Main Event) Mafia together. Then I won the world title and then I went back and feuded with Joe again, this time for the world title. However working with Joe as either a part of a team or as an opponent was undoubtedly the highlight of my, TNA career, the highlight of my career period.
Then just recently, I’m probably most proud of the feud with Bram because he is legitimately my best friend and I did legitimately speak up for him and did help to get him an opportunity at TNA and a lot of that story was based in and weaved in reality which I figure is the best way to do it and it was a situation where it was an achievement because it was something where I felt I had been a part of it from the beginning. A lot of my ideas were used and it just worked. We gained a reaction and told some great stories and some compelling TV. I was very proud of it.
You can read the entire interview here.