All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan has denied recent reports that his company has already offered a contract to NXT star Adam Cole.
Cole’s contract status has been the talk of the wrestling world in recent days with the former NXT Champion reportedly working through a deal that expires after SummerSlam weekend. Cole was said to be meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon at SmackDown to discuss his future.
Adam Cole had apparently been working off a short-term extension to his contract that took him to SummerSlam after his original deal had expired in July. Some reports have suggested that Cole was amenable to the short-term extension so he could put over his former Undisputed Era partner Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver: 36.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer had reported in his most recent newsletter that Cole was set for a reunion with his former Bullet Club partners The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega as Tony Khan had apparently offered Cole an AEW contract.
Meltzer then offered a correction on social media after a conversation with Tony Khan, Tweeting:
“Tony Khan said it is incorrect and he has not made an offer to Adam Cole.”
Tony Khan said it is incorrect and he has not made an offer to Adam Cole.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 6, 2021
The saga of Adam Cole’s future comes at a time when WWE has released yet more of their talents go from their contracts. A plethora of talents from NXT including Cole’s former partner Bobby Fish as well as former NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed were released by WWE, with news breaking during SmackDown.
Should Cole end up in AEW, he will by no means be the first ex-WWE star to make the move this year. Christian Cage, Mark Henry, Paul Wight, Andrade El Idolo, and Malakai Black have all debuted for the Jacksonville-based company in 2021.