Former WWE star James Ellsworth will challenge NWA World Champion Nick Aldis for the championship this week, the NWA has announced.
Check out the video below of Ellsworth talking about getting a chance at the Ten Pounds of Gold, as well as being a half second away from winning the WWE Championship. NWA will release the match on their YouTube channel later this week.
The Aldis Crusade with Ten Pounds of Gold kicked off when James Ellsworth was chosen by Austin Idol to face Nick Aldis. This unlikely challenger is best known for being the valet for Carmella, his matches against Braun Strowman and Becky Lynch, but it’s victories over AJ Styles that brought him to the Aldis Crusade. The underdog competitor made his NWA debut yesterday at Championship Wrestling From Hollywood as he fit the criteria set forward by Nick Aldis and Austin Idol on who could be the first challenger for the Ten Pounds of Gold.
The Aldis Crusade will see the NWA Champion Nick Aldis (or whoever defeats Aldis) go forth to defend the Ten Pounds of Gold over twenty times over the next sixty days. Reaction to James Ellsworth being chosen has brought a flood of response and opinions on his worth as challenger. Austin Idol defended the choice stating that Ellsworth’s resume while eclectic does fit the criteria.
Stinger’s View: Obviously Ellsworth won’t be winning the NWA Championship, but this is still a fun start to the Aldis Crusade. The Championship Wrestling From Hollywood crowd seemed please to see Ellsworth as well, so nice to see him parlay his WWE time in opportunities like this.