Following plenty of reports about his WWE contract situation, Adam Cole has now explained the process of leaving the company and joining AEW.
Speaking on the post-All Out media scrum, Cole confirmed that his contract coming up so early was a surprise to WWE and even himself, and he thought there were another six months on it.
He also confirmed that he signed an extension to stay with NXT to finish his program with Kyle O’Reilly at TakeOver 36.
Adam Cole said:
“Funny enough, believe it or not, I was also surprised. I was under the impression that it was like six months later. So it was a surprise to me, it was a surprise to them. And then all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh no, we’re talking about it in three days’. It was public knowledge to a lot of people that I had signed a little extension. I was in the middle of a really serious angle with Kyle O’Reilly, which was very important to me. He’s one of my best friends in the entire world. And then after that is when stuff kind of opened up for me. But yeah, very surprising to me. It was just as surprising to me.
“When you think about where I was, that technically was my dream since I was 9 years old. And then I’d seen everything that AEW was doing. I’d been here countless times to support Britt and hang out with the crew, and it’s just the best crew. The shows are amazing, the fans are amazing, but at the same time, I had really built a reputation for myself there as well. But I knew in my heart pretty early on that I wanted to come here. And it’s no knock whatsoever on them, I had a very excellent four-year experience. But I wanted to come back and work with a crew who I love being around 24/7, a crew that is just as passionate about pro-wrestling as I am, and fans that feel the exact same way that we do. So, making the decision was a fairly easy one.”
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