At NXT TakeOver: 36 Adam Cole was defeated in a brutal ‘2 out of 3’ Falls match by his long-time rival Kyle O’Reilly.
Heading into the show, Cole’s contractual situation has been the cause of heavy speculation.
It had previously been reported that Cole was set for a “high-level meeting” with Vince McMahon backstage at August 6th episode of SmackDown. It also came to light that Cole had been working under a verbal agreement after his WWE contact expired back in July. The short-term deal was designed to take Cole through SummerSlam weekend and NXT TakeOver: 36.
It was later noted after the meeting with McMahon, that Cole was wanted by both RAW and SmackDown.
Following his match at TakeOver, a new report from Fightful Select has revealed that as of August 23rd, Cole is yet to sign a new deal with WWE.
— WWE (@WWE) August 23, 2021
Adam Cole signed for WWE in 2017, joining NXT alongside Kyle O’Reilly and the now released Bobby Fish. The trio dubbed ‘The Undisputed Era’ quickly set about dominating the black and gold brand. The group won the NXT Tag Team Titles on three occasions while Cole also captured the North American and NXT Championships. Cole still holds the record as the longest reigning NXT Champion in history with a reign spanning over 400 days.
The group eventually split in February 2021 with Cole turning on O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day. This led to an Unsanctioned Match between the pair at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, which O’Reilly won. The two later met again at the Great American Bash, where Cole prevailed.