Adam Cole made his return to AEW television back in March, officially returning to the ring after suffering a serious concussion in the Summer of 2022.
The concussion, which he suffered during his match at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, was very touch and go for Cole, with it sometimes seeming like a real possibility he would never return to the ring at all.
Luckily for everyone that didn’t turn out to be the case, but Cole spoke about his recovery to Swerve Strickland on the Swerve City podcast, where he revealed that he made plans for life without wrestling.
“I’m not kidding, and I’m sorry because this sounds like such a standard answer, but I really do mean this. I was mentally preparing to have to start a new life without wrestling. That was so difficult for me.
“I’m thinking, maybe I’ll Twitch stream. Maybe I’ll do something in gaming. Maybe I’ll start a wrestling school. I was really, mentally trying to prepare myself for that happening. Being cleared and being able to come back and travel again and being on an airplane, walk out to the ring, and have a match; my goal going forward is just be able to continue to wrestle.
“When I was able to come back and wrestle Daniel Garcia, and be out there with Britt and the fans, and the confetti came down, it was my favorite moment of my career because of how much it meant to me and how for months and months, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to come back.
“At this point, of course I have goals like, I want to move up the ranks in AEW and challenge for and maybe someday be a world champion and travel and do more things and awesome stuff within wrestling. At this point, when I wake up, there is a whole new appreciation for this job. I never lost appreciation for wrestling, but now, after going through what I went through, I’m not kidding, every single week I show up at TV and I’m like, ‘I have the best job in the world. This is incredible.’ Wrestling week to week, that’s the main goal.”
The card for the AEW Double Or Nothing event on Sunday, May 28 is as follows:
AEW World Championship – MJF (c) vs. Darby Allin vs. Jack Perry vs. Sammy Guevara
TNT Championship Ladder Match – Wardlow (c) vs. Christian Cage
AEW Women’s World Championship – Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Toni Storm
AEW World Tag Team Championship (Special Guest Referee Mark Briscoe) – FTR (c) vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett
Anarchy in the Arena – Adam Page, Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta
Unsanctioned Match – Adam Cole vs. Chris Jericho
Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn & Ethan Page vs. Isiah Kassidy, Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy
International Championship Blackjack Battle Royal – Orange Cassidy (c) vs. 20 TBA
TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie
transcription via Fightful
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