In an exclusive interview with Liam Alexander-Stewart of TJRWrestling, ‘The Agent’ Matt Cardona would comment on Nick Aldis’ recent NWA suspension, and upcoming departure, stating that he has enjoyed working with the former NWA Worlds’ Heavyweight Champion and it “sucks” that he is leaving.
Over the weekend, Nick Aldis made it public knowledge that he gave his notice to the National Wrestling Alliance and he was going to be a free agent in pro wrestling as of January 1, 2023. Aldis intended to share that message with his Instagram subscribers only, but it accidentally went out to the masses. He wrote.
“I released that video earlier but it was supposed to be for subscribers only. Wtf… anyway as you may have seen I gave my notice to the NWA. I’ll be a free agent on January 1st. Once I figure out how to do videos for subscribers only I’ll be back with more insight on the decision, conversations with Mickie and my agent and more…
Love you all.”
In response to that, the NWA has released a statement that they shared with PWInsider noting that Aldis has been suspended by the company owned by Billy Corgan.
Speaking with Liam Alexander-Stewart, Cardona would discuss his upcoming NWA Worlds’ Heavyweight Championship match against Trevor Murdoch and Tyrus before being asked his thoughts on the recent news that Billy Corgan had suspended NWA staple Nick Aldis after he posted a controversial Instagram post prematurely announcing his departure from the iconic company.
Matt Cardona would begin by revealing that he initially didn’t know if this was a work or a shoot due to previous altercations between Billy Corgan and Nick Aldis on social media:
“I wasn’t sure if it was a work because of the last PPV right where there was the Billy [Corgan] vs. Nick [Aldis] thing, but apparently it’s legit.”
The former Zack Ryder would continue, praising Aldis for his run in the NWA but revealing that ultimately it doesn’t bother him to see the former NWA Worlds’ Heavyweight Champion leave the company.
“I don’t know Nick, very well. We wrestled before and I felt we had great chemistry in the ring. I think he’s a total pro. I think he looks like a million bucks. He talks like a million bucks. He was the face of the NWA for a long, long time and he did a hell of a job and if he’s leaving, I mean, see you later.
You know, it doesn’t really bother me. I didn’t come to the NWA to steal anybody’s spot. I came to create my own spot. So, you know, Nick did a lot of work for NWA, a lot of great work for NWA. You know, it sucks that he’s leaving, but I know he will do great, whatever he does next, but it doesn’t really affect me personally or professionally.”
Billy Corgan recently explained his decision to suspend Nick Aldis following his recent conduct:
“He and I have battled about the product for years and he’s helped make the product better with those battles. This is not a sensitive reactionary thing. How do I, as the leader of this company, allow a key talent, the most highly visible talent in the company, up until he opens his mouth and tells people he’s leaving, blast the company? He’s still under contract and being paid. We don’t invite him. He’s still being paid, we didn’t take his money.”
“I can’t have a guy like that show up because what message does that send to the locker room? There are a lot of people in the locker room not happy about this. They have to do their job. Why is the focus not on Matt Cardona, Tyrus, Trevor Murdoch, Kamille, KiLynn King, or Chelsea Green? The focus is on Nick Aldis, who is not on the show anymore. It’s not animosity, it’s just, why are we doing this?” –h/t to Fightful.
Matt Cardona is set to take on Trevor Murdoch and Tyrus for the NWA Worlds’ Heavyweight Championship at NWA’s upcoming Hard Times 3 PPV on Saturday November 12th – available to watch for just $24.99 via FITE. Nick Aldis had previously been set to take on recent rival Odinson in singles competition, the NWA is yet to announce a replacement for Aldis on the upcoming event.
During the same interview Cardona would discuss his favourite WWE locker room memory, the worst clickbait news headline he has ever seen and the breakout stars of the international independent wrestling scene.
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