Adam Cole has discussed the hardest part about leaving WWE for a new start in AEW, and it has nothing to do with his time in a WWE ring.
Cole shocked the wrestling world when he made his unannounced debut at the end of AEW’s All Out pay-per-view at the beginning of September. Immediately joining The Elite, Cole reunited with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega that he previously shared time in Bullet Club.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast, Adam Cole revealed the hardest part of leaving WWE was leaving another group of friends that became known as DaParty. Cole joined Cesaro, Tyler Breeze, and Xavier Woods every week online as part of Woods’ UpUpDownDown gaming YouTube channel and discussed how tough it was having to move on from that:
“Very hard. That was probably the hardest part of the decision I think,” Cole said. “I really formed a close bond with Woods and Swiss (Cesaro) and Breeze over the pandemic. The backstory of that is so funny too, because Claudio and Breeze and Creed all wanted to start producing more content since the pandemic started. And they were like ‘I think we want to start playing Uno, we need a fourth guy.’ I didn’t know this, but when I did the first episode, I was kind of on trial. That was my audition and I didn’t know that. I was like ‘alright, I’ll do it’, and they all knew immediately ‘oh my god, this is our four man crew.’
“I talk to those guys every single day. We have a group chat and we talk every single day. So that makes me feel better, because it feels like I haven’t lost that connection with those guys. But the most important thing, for sure, was so many different messages that we have gotten, so many different situations that people have been in. I’m talking about family members passing away or an animal passing away or them losing their jobs or whatever it was. And them saying those videos really helped them get through a really rough time is so crazy and so humbling and so cool.”
“I wish so badly there was a way for us to still do stuff together, I really do. But I did say it’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later. So it doesn’t mean it’s done forever. But I love those guys to death, I loved everyone who watched Uno and watched all the content we did, because what an amazing group of people. I’m going to miss it a lot.”