Nicholas "Nick" Aldis (November 6, 1986) is an English professional wrestler and actor. He is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Brutus Magnus, where he is one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions with Doug Williams. Aldis also appeared on the United Kingdom revival of Gladiators, where he was known by the name Oblivion.
Professional wrestling career
After being proficient in swimming and tennis, Aldis began bodybuilding, which ultimately led to his training to be a professional wrestler. After beginning his training at the age of 16, he made his professional debut in 2003, with his first appearance occurring a show also featuring wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
After debuting, Aldis competed against some of the UK's top names, including Charlie Rage, Phil Powers, Ricky Knight and the UK Pitbulls. His most successful outing came in his debut for Premier Wrestling at a sold-out Worthing Assembly Hall, where he competed against Doug Williams in a highly contested two out of three falls match, which Aldis lost two falls to one. At 19, Aldis left his sales job at UK-based Adrian Flux Insurance Services and started working for All Star Wrestling, where he became a full-time wrestler, and from 2006-2008 Aldis also promoted events in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire under the banner Summit Wrestling.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008–present)
Modern Day Gladiator (2008–2009)
In November 2008, Aldis signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. On the December 11, 2008 edition of Impact!, TNA started airing vignettes of Aldis' debut under the name Brutus Magnus, a modern day gladiator.
Aldis competed under his Brutus Magnus name and gimmick at the TNA Maximum Impact! Tour in Glasgow, Scotland on January 22, 2009, where he defeated Matt Morgan. Two days later on the last night of the tour, Magnus defeated Sheik Abdul Bashir in London at the Wembley Arena. On the January 29 edition of Impact!, another vignette of Magnus was played and it stated that Magnus' debut would occur next week. He debuted on the February 5 edition of Impact! as a villainous character, defeating Shark Boy with his finishing move, the Tormentum. After the match, He issued an open challenge to anyone on the TNA roster. Chris Sabin answered the open challenge at Against All Odds, which Magnus also won. This would continue with another victory to Eric Young at Destination X.
The British Invasion and The World Elite (2009–2010)
On the April 30, 2009, edition of Impact! Magnus dropped the gladiator character and formed a villainous group called The British Invasion with fellow British wrestlers Douglas Williams and Rob Terry. In their debut match as a team, Williams and Magnus defeated Homicide in a 2-on-1 handicap match after assaulting his tag team partner Hernandez backstage prior to the match, and stealing his Feast or Fired briefcase. The Invasion has since formed an alliance called World Elite with Eric Young, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi and engaged in a feud with Team 3D over the IWGP Tag Team Championship. On the July 30 episode of Impact!, Magnus and Williams won the IWGP Tag Team Championship by defeating Team 3D in a Tables match. However, New Japan Pro Wrestling would later state that as the title change did not occur with the sanction of the promotion, they still recognized Team 3D as the official champions. On August 10, 2009, NJPW formally recognized the title switch. At Bound for Glory the British Invasion lost the IWGP Tag Team Titles back to Team 3D, but managed to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a four way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match against Booker T and Scott Steiner, Team 3D and Beer Money, Inc.. The following month at Turning Point Magnus and Williams successfully defended the titles in a three-way match against Beer Money and The Motor City Machineguns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin). At Final Resolution they were once again able to retain their titles in a match against Shelley and Sabin. At Genesis the British Invasion lost the TNA World Tag Team Titles to Matt Morgan and Hernandez. Afterwards, Magnus and Williams began abusing Terry and blaming him for their losses. On the February 18, 2010, edition of Impact! Terry finally grew tired of this and attacked Magnus, thus ending his alliance with the British Invasion and completing his face turn. At Destination X 2010, Brutus Magnus announced that from now on he would be known only by the name Magnus. He then went on to lose to his former stable mate Rob Terry in a match for the Global Championship.
London Brawling (2010–present)
After not being seen for three months, Magnus returned on June 14 at the tapings of Xplosion, defeating Suicide and afterwards challenging Rob Terry to a rematch for the Global Championship. The rematch took place at the June 29 tapings of Xplosion, with Terry retaining his Global Championship.
On July 3, 2010, Dixie Carter announced that Aldis had signed a new long–term contract with TNA. On the July 14, 2010 edition of TNA Today, Aldis debuted a new ladies' man gimmick. He then went on to form a tag team with Desmond Wolfe, with the two of them defeating Amazing Red and Suicide in their first match together at the July 13 tapings of Xplosion. At the July 26 and 27 tapings of Xplosion Magnus and Wolfe defeated the teams of Hernandez and Rob Terry and Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore) in a four tag team tournament to earn the right to challenge for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On the August 26 edition of Impact! the tag team of Magnus and Wolfe was named London Brawling. They were scheduled to receive their shot at The Motor City Machine Guns and the TNA World Tag Team Championship at No Surrender, but were at the last minute pulled from the event, with TNA citing a "personal issue" as the reason. It was later reported that Wolfe had been sidelined due to an undisclosed medical situation. Magnus returned to working live events on September 30. On December 16 Magnus made his first appearance on Impact! in three months, when he met his former tag team partner Douglas Williams, who had recently turned face, and informed him that Wolfe was close to a comeback. On the December 30 edition of Impact! Magnus offered to team up with Williams in a tag team match, where they were defeated by Fortune members A.J. Styles and Rob Terry.
Appearances in Other Media
- Gladiators (2008-2009)
- Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? (2009)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (2008) as "Igor"
- Finishing moves
- With Desmond Wolfe
- With Doug Williams
- "The Big O" (as Oblivion)
- "The Modern Day Gladiator"
- "The Mag Daddy"
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #107 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
- Ring Ka King
- Ring Ka King Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
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