In a recent revelation that has stirred conversations across the professional wrestling community, Mickie James, wife of the charismatic Nick Aldis, provided insight into why Aldis decided not to sign with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Though Aldis has now secured a contract with WWE and is slated to become a prominent figure on its television broadcasts, there was a time when his trajectory seemed to be heading elsewhere. During his tenure with the NWA, Aldis showcased his skills at the 2018 All In event, facing off against Cody Rhodes.
The climax saw Cody securing the NWA Worlds Championship, marking a pivotal moment in Aldis' career. That event, masterminded by Cody Rhodes alongside the Young Bucks, set the foundation for AEW’s debut the following year.
Given these circumstances, it was widely speculated among fans and pundits alike that Aldis might align himself with the Tony Khan-driven AEW.
Nick Aldis' Loyalty Prevails
Nevertheless, Aldis chose to stay loyal to the NWA banner, even venturing back into the familiar territory of IMPACT Wrestling, before eventually penning his current WWE deal.
Opening up in a candid conversation with TV Insider, Mickie James highlighted the primary reason for her husband's choice. “At the time, I was deeply embedded in my WWE commitments, and AEW presented an opportunity for Nick.
He opted against it, predominantly to ensure stability for our family, especially given our son Donovan was merely three or four years old," she said. "Reflecting on it, things have evolved, but Nick has always prioritized our family." James continued with glowing praise for her husband's dedication to the sport, saying, "It's astounding to think that Nick's wrestling journey spans almost two decades.
Our career paths may not always converge, but our focus remains on what's best for our son." The landscape for the Aldis household seems ever-evolving. With Nick's unparalleled prowess inside the squared circle, his growing prominence is inevitable.
As Mickie aptly put it, "If the wrestling community isn't acquainted with Nick Aldis yet, they soon will be."