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Magnus Discusses Leaving GFW/Impact Wrestling

Posted By James Walsh on 10/07/17


CLICKOn Sports recently interviewed former TNA star Magnus (aka Nick Aldis). Below are some highlights (transcript via Wrestlezone.com).

Magnus on becoming a father: ďThe real turning point for me was becoming a father. I sometimes joke that I wish that had happened [becoming World Champion] a year earlier, because we found out Mickie was pregnant whilst I was World Champion. It just calmed me down and gave me so much more of a level head, and created so much more of a perspective. I stopped blowing up about small, unnecessary things and focused on the bigger picture.Ē

Magnus on becoming world champion in TNA: ďThey [pundits] like to believe this false rhetoric that Dixie had it in her mind from day one that this guy was going to be the top guy, almost like I was handed stuff. People forget that I started there in 2009 and got the title in 2013. I had worked every spot on the card, Iíd been in tag teams, factions, Iíd had all sorts of different responsibilities. I held the ratings well, live events well, and had a strong impact on the UK market. I was proud of myself.Ē

Magnus on why he left TNA: ďThe business model there was vulnerable. They had one major client which was Spike TV, and the big vulnerability there was that if that relationship ended then we knew it wasnít gonna be around. I was safe for another year and a bit because I had a guaranteed contract, and I kind of said when this expires letís go our separate ways.Ē

His thoughts on the British wrestling scene: ďThe whole rhetoric of the British scene being the best itís ever been is an arguable point. Thereís certainly more attention on it, but if you go back and look at Brian Dixonís books from the 90s and early 2000s, I remember consistently working in front of houses of 1,000 and up. Certainly in front of the 700s night after night. It just wasnít the culture back then to brag about it on social media. I just think people are making a lot more noise about it now.Ē

Magnus on whatís happening for him outside of wrestling: ďOutside of wrestling is kind of what Iím more excited about. Iíve just taken on an executive role for the first time, where Iím consulting for a marketing company. I donít have a degree, so itís flattering to me that they saw me as someone who understood people, marketing and psychology. Thatís been a really fun new challenge. Ö Iím not saying wrestling is on the back burner, but Iím not going to go and fall down for money as much when I have to run businesses and have to take care of my kid. But if an opportunity comes up, Iím still there.Ē