Nick Aldis Discusses Delivering Fan Expectations in 2018 All In Bout with Cody Rhodes

Diving into Aldis's reflections on a historic match-up.

by Noman Rasool
Nick Aldis Discusses Delivering Fan Expectations in 2018 All In Bout with Cody Rhodes
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In professional wrestling, moments that stand the test of time often take centre stage. Such was the moment when Cody Rhodes secured a significant victory over Nick Aldis, winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at the acclaimed All In independent show in 2018.

Now making waves as a backstage producer for WWE, Aldis recently provided an in-depth look into his bout with Rhodes during his guest stint on the "Insight with Chris Van Vliet" podcast. Aldis emphasized, "The weight on my shoulders was significant.

I was determined not to be just a prop in Cody's defining moment. It was pivotal to establish genuine anticipation, making the audience question the outcome. Had it seemed predetermined, the impact would have dwindled."

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The wrestler further elaborated on the palpable energy at the match's outset.

He said, "The initial roar from the crowd seemed like their acknowledgment of my integral role in the duel. They might have had their favourites but recognized and respected the suspense we crafted. It wasn't just about Cody's possible victory but about making them believe the battle could tilt in either direction." Aldis and Rhodes have since reminisced about the meticulous planning that went into that iconic all-in match.

Impressively, without any significant promotional machinery backing, the duo built hype and anticipation predominantly through a YouTube series. Aldis was vocal about the unwavering belief they both shared. "Our shared vision and belief in our craft enabled us to achieve what many thought impossible," Aldis conveyed to Chris Van Vliet.

With Aldis now a part of the WWE fabric and with the legendary Rhodes match etched in the annals of wrestling history, it's evident that the wrestling landscape is evolving. This 2018 bout wasn't just a match but a testament to the power of self-belief, creativity, and the importance of giving fans a narrative they can deeply invest in.

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