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Adam Cole Says Roderick Strong Has A Home At AEW

The Undisputed ERA Adam Cole Roderick Strong Bobby Fish Kyle O'Reilly

All but one Undisputed ERA member now resides in All Elite Wrestling, though Roderick Strong is welcome to join the group, says Adam Cole.

The Undisputed ERA was once the hottest thing in professional wrestling. Comprised of Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly, the group dominated the black-and-gold era of NXT, at one point holding all of the active male championships on WWE’s perceived developmental brand.

Though they officially disbanded at NXT TakeOver: Vengenace Day in February 2021, three-quarters of the stable are back together again in AEW. Following Adam Cole’s debut at the end of All Out last September, he was joined by Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly shortly thereafter, with the trio since becoming known as The Undisputed Elite.

During a Q&A session at Motor City Comic Con, Adam Cole was questioned about his stance regarding the possibility of Roderick Strong joining the three of them in AEW. The Owen Hart Foundation Tournament finalist was thrilled at the idea (h/t Fightful):

“I would love nothing more than for Roderick Strong to come to AEW. I don’t know what he’s going to do, I don’t know where his head is at, but he knows that he has a home in AEW. Especially with me, Bobby, and Kyle. That would be amazing.”

Though The Undisputed ERA was initially formed at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III in August 2017, it wasn’t until the following April at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans that Roderick Strong joined the group. Strong was absent from NXT programming for a few months following the stable’s disbanding, having “resigned” from the brand.

‘The Messiah of the Backbreaker’ remains on the brand now known as NXT 2.0 as a member of The Diamond Mine. While the group has gone through many members, Roderick Strong is currently aligned with The Creed Brothers, Ivy Nile, and Damon Kemp, and was also the last NXT Cruiserweight Champion as a member of the group.

Fightful Select reported on 2 May that the former NXT North American Champion had reportedly asked for his release several times, all of which were denied. Strong is reportedly factored into the company’s creative plans for the time being, putting any possibility of a fully-fledged Undisputed ERA reunion on hold for the foreseeable.