The more things change the more they stay the same as Adam Cole has reunited with The Elite, now a report has shed light on the plans for Cole had he stayed with WWE.
Adam Cole shocked the system and the entire wrestling business when he made his presence felt at the end of AEW’s All Out pay-per-view. At first, seemingly confronting The Elite, Cole soon joined forces with his former Bullet Club comrades, bolstering the already dominant group.
Cole’s status had been the cause of much speculation over the summer after it emerged that his WWE contract had expired in July. This seemingly caught WWE off-guard and they scrambled to sign him to an extension that took him past NXT TakeOver: 36 where he lost to former Undisputed Era teammate Kyle O’Reilly.
Before heading to AEW, it had been reported that Adam Cole had personally met with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as WWE looked to keep hold of the former NXT Champion.
Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio has now shed some light on what the potential plans for Cole could have been if he made his way to the main roster in WWE:
“So this is the basic gist, they were going to bring him up. The basic idea was to turn Keith Lee heel, have Adam Cole be his manager, probably with a different name because of the last name Cole – the main roster has Michael Cole and you know how that goes. With the idea kind of like a Lio Rush/Bobby Lashley thing where you have this little guy who’s a big talker and he hides behind this big, massive, African-American guy. So that was kind of the dynamic that they were looking for for him, more as a manager than a wrestler.”
As far as where the idea to have Cole second for Lee came from, Meltzer says he’s been told it came from the very top:
“From what I understand, I’ve heard that it was Vince [McMahon] and I’ve heard that it was Bruce [Prichard], I’ve not heard that that was from creative. One person told me it was Bruce’s idea and another person told me it was Vince’s. It doesn’t matter whose it was but it does fit into Vince’s line of thinking and Bruce understands what Vince’s line of thinking is because they’re both stuck in that other era where that would be what you come up with for him.”
Adam Cole is set to make his AEW Dynamite in-ring debut next week when he faces ‘The Elite Hunter’ Frankie Kazarian.