Following the stunning release of Bray Wyatt from WWE, news has broken about a major player on the NXT brand whose contract with the company is apparently up after SummerSlam.
Wrestling Inc. first reported on the contract status of Adam Cole saying that the former leader of The Undisputed Era’s WWE deal was to expire after SummerSlam in August. That report also noted that Cole’s deal had been extended to SummerSlam following The Great American Bash in July. At that event, Cole defeated his former stablemate Kyle O’Reilly in the main event.
Fightful Select have followed up that report by saying that within the company it was assumed that Cole’s deal expired in December and internally people were surprised to find out it was actually up in early July. The report adds that those at the top of the company were only aware shortly before the contract expired but Adam Cole told WWE that he would be willing to work through SummerSlam before re-assessing things.
It is also noted in the report that sources from within WWE praised Cole for his openness and desire to extend his deal with the company in this way although it is not known if Cole had put pen to paper on a contract or is working with a verbal agreement.
Adam Cole’s contract situation was the cause of heavy speculation when NXT debuted on the USA Network in 2019. Rumours had spread that Cole had inked a new deal with WWE at that point but that was not the case. Fightful Select also notes the internal frustration within the company that Cole’s deal came so close to expiring without anybody being aware but Cole was again praised for his easiness to deal with.
Given the current climate in the wrestling world about rumours of former WWE Champions ending up elsewhere other than WWE, fans around the globe will no doubt be watching to see what Cole’s next move will be.
Adam Cole has a significant past with many of the higher-ups in All Elite Wrestling, specifically The Young Bucks. Cole and The Bucks were heavily featured during the early days of Being The Elite and The Superkliq as they dubbed themselves were all aligned with Bullet Club along with Kenny Omega. Cole’s girlfriend Dr Britt Baker is also the reigning AEW Women’s World Champion.