Adam Cole stunned the wrestling world when he debuted at AEW All Out but he has now revealed he only decided to join the company just days before the event.
As All Out drew to a close after Kenny Omega had successfully defended his AEW World Championship against Christian Cage, the future was just beginning for All Elite Wrestling. First Adam Cole made his unexpected AEW debut as he embraced his former Bullet Club comrades and joined The Elite. This was closely followed by Bryan Danielson making his debut for the company and very much not joining The Elite as he nailed Nick Jackson with a devastating running knee.
News broke over the summer over Adam Cole potentially running down his WWE contract after it emerged that the former NXT Champion’s deal was originally up in July. Cole subsequently signed an extension that took him to NXT TakeOver: 36 on SummerSlam weekend where he was defeated by his former Undisputed Era partner Kyle O’Reilly. Since Cole joined AEW, reports have suggested he was in line for an unusual role if he’d stayed with WWE.
Now Adam Cole has given his side of the story on how he came to AEW to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated and says he only made his decision just days before his internet-breaking debut:
“My actual decision was literally only a couple days before [the pay-per-view]. I was awake in bed, it was close to 1 in the morning, and I was imagining being involved in AEW. That thought gave me such an excited feeling. I was so giddy I couldn’t even sleep. I loved the idea of coming to All Elite Wrestling, and that’s when I knew what I needed to do.”
“I didn’t even fly into Chicago [the site of All Out], I flew into a different city the day before. I didn’t even stay in the same hotel as Bryan [Danielson]. We showed up to the building while the show was going on, and we waited outside in a trailer. The locker room didn’t even know until the absolute last moment. It was the most secretive debut I’ve ever been involved in, and Tony Khan took every measure to make this as big of a surprise as possible.”
Adam Cole makes his in-ring debut for AEW on the 15th of September edition of AEW Dynamite when he’ll hope to see a Panama Sunrise all the way from New Jersey as he takes on ‘The Elite Hunter’ Frankie Kazarian.