Nick Aldis Blames Bruce Prichard For WWE’s Ratings Declining

NWA star Nick Aldis was recently the guest on Busted Open Radio and addressed recent comments made about him from Bruce Prichard.

On Prichard’s recent comments:

“Well, you’ve seen some of my reactions. Bubba knows that 10 years ago, I might have reacted slightly differently. I may have been slightly more reactant in general. This time I took a moment to process it. Bruce and I even spoke on the phone.”

“Bruce claimed, ‘Oh I was talking about the Magnus character. I wasn’t talking about Nick Aldis.’ OK, well, his team uploaded a video that was a separate clip, and they had a picture of me with the NWA Title. The same title that Harley Race, Ric Flair [and] Dusty Rhodes held. The same lineage I busted my ass to rebuild and put into the Modern Era, and they used my name. So, he’s full of sh-t is the reality.”

On Prichard’s runs in TNA:

“Honestly, what he did was just expose the fact that he hasn’t been paying attention to anything that’s been going on. Because like you said, anyone who has seen my sh-t the last three years, the one consistent thing that comes up from everybody, from Mark Henry, to Hall of Famers, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, even tippy-top guys in WWE who have text me privately, whose names I won’t mention. They all say the same thing, which is ‘You have that thing. You send yourself like a real pro wrestler. The kind of wrestling that I miss. The kind of wrestling I thought wasn’t here anymore.’ And for Bruce to say that, it just showed that he hasn’t been paying attention, kind of like when he was running TNA.

“He wasn’t paying attention. He was asleep, and the reality is he took a shot and he tried to give some half bait reason to why he decided to say it and whatnot. [He said] he was going to address it. Did not. Let it breathe. So now, he’s getting a receipt. He’s not getting a fu–ing receipt, he’s getting a fu–ing invoice is what he’s getting. There’s different Hall of Famers who have a different opinion, and he likes to float things out that are subjective and sort of present it as fact.”

On Prichard being the reason WWE’s current ratings are down:

“He lives in this past sort of mentality, where he thinks because he’s WWE, he can just say whatever about someone and that’s the only thing anyone will hear and that will be the opinion everybody shares. “Well, it doesn’t work like that anymore. Times have changed. People fact check. People can go present their opposing opinion and you know, I’ll follow up with facts if he wants to go there because by the time Bruce was relieved of his duties in TNA in 2013, he brought the viewing figures down to like 1 million people.”

“By the time I had the World Title at the end of that year and through the start of 2014, we got the average going figures back up to like 1.3 and peaked at 1.55, which was just short of 1.561, which was the lowest RAW rating in history, which was the rating that came out the same week that he decided to trash me on his podcast. I guess that maybe that extra bit of rating that RAW got must be the ‘It Factor’ I don’t have.”

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Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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