Adam Cole enjoyed a strong start to 2022. He challenged for the AEW World Championship, wrestled a number of high-profile matches, and won the first-ever Owen Hart Foundation Tournamnent. However, things went off the rails quickly.
During this period he sustained a shoulder injury, before suffering a concussion against Samoa Joe at Double or Nothing where he won ‘The Owen.’ Just weeks later, Cole suffered another concussion during the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event.
While the star is yet to return to the ring, he made a triumphant appearance on the January 11th episode of Dynamite to announce that he will be back in action soon.
Appearing on Wrestling Observer Radio, Cole explained that he feels fantastic, but has a little way to go before he can wrestle any long matches.
“I still have a little ways to go until I get to a point where I think I’m ready to rock and roll as far as going to the ring and having a 35-45 minute match, but compared to even two in a half to three months ago, I feel fantastic, I feel really good,”
Adam Cole Details Injury Struggles
Cole also revealed that he suffered a torn labrum and strained his rotator cuff while warming up for his match against Hangman Page AEW Revolution in 2022, meaning he was already banged up by the time his concussion issues began. Reflecting on the concussion he sustained at Forbidden Door, the former NXT Champion said he felt strange and couldn’t remember the match.
“I took a bump where I felt a little bit weird, and it wasn’t anyone’s fault, it was a normal bump,” he said. “And I remember thinking ‘okay, that felt a little strange’. And about thirty seconds go by, and then it’s like I have no recollection or memory of what I’m supposed to do [or] what happened in the match.”
With regard to his recovery, Adam Cole revealed that the struggles he described on his Dynamite return were very real. He had memory issues and would cry for no reason. The star recalled taking a test to assess his progress and failing so badly that there were fears he’s never be allowed to drive again. However, two months later he passed with “flying colours” opening the door for him to start working on a return to the ring.
H/t to f4wonline