In a captivating turn of events, Nick Aldis, the esteemed former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, has transitioned from his wrestling gear to a sharp suit, embracing his new role as the “WWE SmackDown” general manager.
Despite this shift in his career trajectory, Aldis is elated about his current position, particularly due to the opportunity to work closely with one of his wrestling idols, Triple H. During a heartfelt conversation on "Busted Open Radio," Aldis expressed his admiration for "The Cerebral Assassin," recalling how a pivotal match between Triple H and The Rock at Backlash 2000 played a significant role in inspiring him to pursue wrestling.
Although Aldis acknowledged other influences throughout his journey, he reserved special praise for Triple H, crediting him as a vital source of inspiration.
Studying Icons: Aldis’ Reflections
Aldis shared, “Hunter was the first guy that I ever sort of started realizing that I was studying, rather than just watching and enjoying.
Bret [Hart] was my hero, no questions about it. But I was a fan. I was just like 'I love Bret Hart.' It was only later that I went back and studied Bret. But because of where I was in my life, Hunter was the first guy that I really studied”.
Navigating through this momentous period in his career, Aldis described his feelings during his first televised WWE appearance, where he shared the ring with Triple H during an in-ring promo segment. “So anyway, I say all that to say that even though the circumstances were not any that I would've been able to predict ever, for my first official time in a WWE ring on live television, the fact that it was in Triple H's in-ring promo/segment, is indescribable,” he concluded.
This moment symbolized a full-circle journey for Aldis, as he found himself standing alongside a figure who had played such a pivotal role in his decision to become a wrestler, now embarking on a new chapter in his illustrious career with WWE.