NXT stalwart Adam Cole has admitted that it bothers him when the black and gold brand is referred to as “developmental.”
Cole debuted in NXT in August 2017 alongside Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. Over the following four years Cole has enjoyed an incredible run of success of the black and gold brand, becoming the second ever NXT Triple Crown Champion. There was also the small matter of victory in the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
So perhaps, it is only natural that Cole would feel very protective and very proud of his wrestling home.
Speaking to Corey Graves on WWE After The Bell, Cole revealed that it bothers him when people refer to NXT as “developmental.” Cole explained that he believes that the NXT Superstars are on the same level as those on RAW and SmackDown.
It bothers me a lot to some extent. I try be glass half full guy in a lot of ways. I think there is an aspect to NXT where of course there is developmental. There are people who get hired with wrestling experience and with no wrestling experience. It’s the process of hopefully getting to that point where they end up on NXT television. But to say the roster of guys on NXT that are on TV every week. As far as developmental goes, I do believe we are on the same level as the guys on RAW and on SmackDown. the process of development though is something that happens all of the time.
I’ve been wrestling for 13 years and I’m constantly developing. I don’t ever want to get out of developmental. It’s so cool for me to be around guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H or Matt Bloom. They are open to admitting that they are still learning. If those guys are open to admitting bout learning, we better be open to it. I’m proudly developing in that sense.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Cole also revealed that he’d love to take part in a Hell In A Cell Match before he retires from active competition. The former NXT Champion said that he’d like to take on the challenge of the iconic match as “he’s a maniac.” Cole added that he’d also have liked to face Shawn Michaels inside the unforgiving structure if circumstances would have been different.
Adam Cole is currently preparing to take on Kyle O’Reilly at The Great American Bash on June 6th.
The latest clash between O’Reilly and Cole will look to put to bed the long-running feud between the pair. The Undisputed Era exploded at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day in February after Cole delivered a shocking superkick to O’Reilly. This led to the two men squaring off in an unsanctioned match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
While O’Reilly eventually pinned Cole after a brutal contest, the rivalry has continued to simmer.
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