One thing that made 2018 a very special year for the NWA is the part they had in the Indy super event known as All In. The event saw the exceptional match between champion Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes this match was built up unlike most matches on the show due to Cody and Nick not being a part of the same company, but still needed to build interest for the match which they did 100x's over. In my opinion the match between Cody & Nick was helped tremendously by the "Ten Pounds of Gold" series.
For years during the height of the National Wrestling Alliance they would have a flag bearer and someone who could lead the brand. In December of 2017 at Cage of Death we saw Tim Storm drop the NWA Worlds Title to Nick Aldis and this would change things for the brand heading into the new year. Nick would hold the championship for most of the year before dropping it to Cody in September, and then would win the NWA Title back the following month at the NWA 70 Anniversary event. At this point Nick Aldis had held the World Title for a combined 344 days and is truly a throwback competitor to champions of yesteryear.
Overall now with a "Face of the Franchise" and a more mainstream year in 2018 then they've had in a long time. After seeing Nick Aldis at the Final Battle event last month it will be very interesting to see the part that he could play in not just Ring of Honor, but wrestling as a whole. I think that with the rise in popularity for Independent wrestling and the announcement of All Elite Wrestling it will be interesting to see the type of year the brand has in 2019.