Jim Cornette didn’t hold back in his criticism of Adam Cole’s recent presentation in AEW, wondering if anyone in showbiz has ever fallen further than the former NXT Champion.
Legendary manager and promoter Jim Cornette isn’t one to spare his opinions, and a recent mixed tag match on AEW Dynamite has him wondering if the longest-reigning NXT Champion has fallen further from superstardom than anyone else in the history of entertainment.
On the January 19th episode of AEW Dynamite, Adam Cole teamed with his girlfriend Britt Baker against the team of Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander. The match came after weeks of tension between Cole and the Best Friends.
While the fun-loving team of Statlander and Cassidy took control early on, Cole and Baker fought back with the AEW Women’s Champion hitting a Curb Stomp on Cassidy. The action quickly spilled out of the ring as Baker hit a Canadian Destroyer on her rival Statlader on the ramp. Back in the ring, Cole delivered Panama Sunrise to Cassidy but he somehow kicked out.
As the match barreled towards it’ conclusion, Baker set up the timekeepers table next to the ring. However, the plan backfired as Cassidy missed an Orange Punch on Cole, only to hit Baker and send her crashing through the table. An irate Adam Cole then delivered a vicious low-blow to Orange and hit the Boom for the win.
Speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience, the legendary manager of the Midnight Express criticized the match and said it’s “disheartening” to see what’s become of Adam Cole since joining AEW.
Then they had a tag team match with the incredible shrinking Cole and his girlfriend Britt Baker against Pockets the Mascot and his cohort Kris Flatliner. A mixed tag team match with Adam Cole, has anyone fallen further? Not even Rhea Ripley. The top NXT star, 3 months later he is doing matches with The Pudding Gang. Has anyone in entertainment, in the history of showbiz, fallen farther?
Somehow in this foolishness, Britt Baker took a table bump to the floor, and Adam Cole had to hit Pockets in his non-existent balls in order to beat him. By the time that was over, we are 30 minutes into this program. All we have seen is Moxley with Tourette’s and a mixed tag with a mascot. Should we start calling him Adam Healy now, because this could drive him to drink.
Part of it is presentation in picture and context in the way they have presented him, but it looks like he went to where he is less happy. It looks like he has given up any type of physical training, but at the same time is he more happy and is like well f*ck it. It’s so disheartening to see what he has become.
This is not the first time Cornette has criticized AEW’s presentation of the former NXT Champion, as he also criticized the first match Cole had with Orange Cassidy at Holiday Bash on December 22.
Adam Cole and Orange Cassidy faced off once again in a Lights Out Match at Beach Break on the January 26th episode of Dynamite, with Cassidy picking up the win after both men took an incredible bump through a table.
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