I don't do this often, but with the biggest event in the last decade taking place this weekend it was hard for me not to share this episode of "Ten Pounds of Gold." For anyone that hasn't been paying attention Cody & Nick Aldis have been engaged in the best feud in the business and a total old school feud with there being no fighting only talking. These two men have embodied what it means to talk the fans into the arena, because that is all they have been able to do and well they have only been face to face a few times. Now I am not saying that every feud needs to be this way, but seeing a feud not having a reliance on in ring action is a breath of fresh air. Seeing the continued build of this match is one of things that has kept me excited for the All In event.
After watching this video it is clear that Nick Aldis needed to leave Impact Wrestling to really become a star and change the perception people may have had of him. Honestly, I remember Nick in Impact and he never came off the way he does now as he seems a lot more professional, and like he could be a major league champion. There is no doubt that this event has gotten more attention for the NWA then any event or match in the last decade plus which adds to how important this event is on Saturday. When Tim Storm held the NWA Title he was the NWA & carried the banner proudly and once Aldis won the gold he took the NWA flag and ran with it. I don't think I've seen Nick this confident and this well like someone who found his place in the world of wrestling and where he can be a star.
The challenger on the other hand has his backstory and his past, but this has nothing to do with the WWE and has everything to do with what Cody has accomplished since he left the WWE. One thing that the WWE has never been good at doing is sharing glory and letting fans be aware of talents past & how important someone was to a past employer. It would be tough to say that anyone was more important to the NWA then the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and now Cody has a chance to continue that legacy. Cody has his reasons to show the passion that he never got the chance to show in the WWE, but has shown in every promo especially in this feud; he said it in the video "I could say this isn't about Dusty and it isn't, but I can't say it has nothing to do with him." Overall this match may headline this event on Saturday, but if it does or not that doesn't matter because Saturday September 1, 2018 will change wrestling forever.
For the last few months not one non WWE has had such hype in the last decade plus like we have seen the hype for the upcoming All In event. It is nuts to think about the fact that in two days all the hard work will come to ahead and we will get to see a sold out crowd for an independent wrestling show. In a way this does reflect just how much wrestling has changed in the last few years with Ring of Honor, New Japan, and others leading the charge. In my opinion it's worth noting that with the in fusion of NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis to the discussion makes this event unlike anything we have seen ever before.
Seeing the final build for the match that they should on Ring of Honor television makes this match feel even bigger then it did before with it getting TV attention as well which is something unfamiliar for the NWA. Since Billy Corgan purchased the company we have seen a tremendous shift in the development of a social media presence for the NWA that didn't exist before and though it started with Tim Storm it went a step further and has continued with Nick Aldis. There is absolutely no doubting that this match is one of if not the most anticipated NWA World Title match in the last decade plus.
Overall the Rhodes family has deep roots in the wrestling business and specifically within the National Wrestling Alliance. During the territory era Dusty Rhodes was one of the top stars in the wrestling world and would lead the charge for the NWA carrying the belt on three different occasions. Cody has always had the potential to be a top star and change wrestling being a leader because it's in his blood and he got it from Dusty. I know that Dusty will be looking down on September 1 with a smile on his face knowing that his son has finally made it where he always thought he should be.
Speaking on the other side of the coin Nick Aldis has absolutely never been as good as he has been right now. I don't know if it was something within TNA at the time that just didn't work and limited the former Magnus from finding his true potential. Either way Aldis has found himself and found his potential because he has become the leader of the NWA. It would be an incredible moment on September the 1st if when that bell rings Cody is announced as champion because you know he will have tears in his eyes. Cody said it best the "Wrestling economy will change" and for the first time since 2001 the wrestling world will be shaken to it's core. Saturday September 1, 2018 in Chicago, IL will change everything when the world of wrestling goes ALL IN!!!!
A few weeks ago I laid the ground work for a series starting on this section where we go back to the old days and revisit the territories. It is really a tough choice to find the right place to start so I will just start with them all as a slowly weed out the right one to select. For those of you that might not know a lot about the territories at one point the entire country was carved up like a turkey. Each promotion had it's own set area that they were allowed to run and wouldn't go elsewhere.
For example the WWF would only run events within the tri-state specifically their territory was Maine to Maryland. Looking further south would become Jim Crockett's territory and west was either Georgia Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Association, or unowned depending on the year. Now we look into the wrestling time machine for the first area to visit. For now take a look at the past: