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Why Triple H Told William Regal To Reject Adam Cole

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William Regal has revealed why Triple H decided against signing Adam Cole to WWE after his first tryout with the company.

After years on the independent scene as well as notable stints in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling, Adam Cole joined the sports entertainment world when he joined WWE in 2017.

Cole was a standout competitor on NXT, where he became only the second star to complete the triple crown on the black and gold brand, all the while backed by his colleagues in the Undisputed ERA. Adam Cole made his final appearance for WWE at NXT TakeOver 36 in August 2021 and just a few weeks later, Cole proved to be All Elite when he debuted for AEW at their All Out pay-per-view.

Speaking on his Gentleman Villain podcast – available at AdFreeShows.com – William Regal, who worked as a talent scout in WWE, has explained why Triple H was keen to let Adam Cole develop outside WWE before bringing him into the fold:

“Adam Cole did a tryout at one point when he was, I believe 24. I said, and everybody else around, all the crew, everybody involved in this said, ‘This lad is as proud as it gets. He’s got everything going for him.’ Triple H made the call, which may sound a bit harsh at the time, and he told me personally, ‘Leave him out there.’ He was already working for Ring of Honor and doing all this other stuff and doing PWG.”

“He said, ‘Leave him out there because in two years, the experience he’ll get out there will make him 10 times better than what he already is, if not more than that. Keep an eye on him and if he ever needs anything, let us know. Then when the time’s right, when we’ve got the right spot, we’ll bring him right in. Instead of coming in and sort of finding a spot for him, we’ll bring him up.’”

h/t WrestlingNews.co