Undisputed ERA leader, Adam Cole, has given his final interview on The Kings of NXT before WarGames on December 6.
For months, Adam Cole and his collective have been battling against a determined Kings of NXT in a storyline which began all the way back at NXT TakeOver XXX when he pinned Pat McAfee.
At the culmination of Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver 31, Cole was heinously attacked by Brit Ridge Holland with McAfee taking credit for the ambush weeks later after he’d formed his new stable on NXT television.
The rivalry has taken in the return and heel turn of Pete Dunne, the elevation and heel turns of NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan, as well as the burning of the Undisputed ERA’s flag and several ambushes of teams like Breezango and the brutalisation of men such as Drake Maverick and Killian Dain.
On the eve of one of the biggest matches in NXT history, Adam Cole spoke to WWE’s The Bump about the upcoming match, which member of their rivals is the biggest threat and how he’s gained respect for his opposite number, Pat McAfee:
“Here’s the beautiful thing about how twisted Pat McAfee’s mind is: he’ll tell you that I gave him zero credit for our match at TakeOver 30; that could not be further from the truth. If you listen to any interview I’ve done, I’ve said things that I’ve just said now on The Bump, and Pat McAfee, I hope you’re listening. From your first professional wrestling match, you were incredible. Again, a total natural. You held your own against the longest reigning champion – that’s impressive. What I said was that the mouth he had wasn’t being backed up. Just like he isn’t going to back it up at WarGames. That’s the type of ego he has.”
With praise heaped on the man intent on ridding the black and gold brand of The Undisputed ERA, Cole turned his attention to the biggest threat to the group’s survival inside the double cages, ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne, who has stepped into the structure with the bloc before:
“This does look like a more focused Pete Dunne. It’s also not the same Pete Dunne I stepped in the ring with at Survivor Series. Again, that Pete Dunne didn’t listen to anybody. He did what he wanted when he wanted to do it. It surprises me that he’s gotten to this point where he cares about things like this. When you look at him, you can tell this is as serious as he’ll get.”
Adam Cole and Pete Dunne have history. Sharing a singles victory over each other – Cole defeated Dunne at the 2019 Survivor Series to retain the NXT Championship, while Dunne defeated Cole on March 14, 2018 to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship – the pair have also been a constant in each other’s careers for over two years now in tag team and various other wars.
While the dominant faction on Wednesday nights for over three years now, The Undisputed ERA head believes that now more than ever, the faction have a lot to prove:
“For the first time in a long time, we’re fighting for a common purpose. Even with the prophecy, for example, that was a collective goal. We each had our own individual targets, our own individual things to overcome, we still did it as a unit, but we’re still very individualized at the same time. But in this scenario, we all have the mindset to show the world who the hell The Undisputed Era is. We’ve never been more unified and focused on a common goal. Our legacy is on the line.”
While it’s unknown whether the rivalry between The Kings of NXT and The Undisputed ERA will come to a violent end inside WarGames or carry on into a New Year, both teams will look for victory as they claim NXT as their own.
The Kings of NXT (Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan) will battle The Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish) inside WarGames at NXT TakeOver of the same name on December 6.
Inside the Ropes will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
Credit for the interview: WWE’s The Bump
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.