More has now been revealed surrounding The Undisputed Era implosion, including who chose to break up the NXT faction.
At NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, Adam Cole attacked Kyle O’Reilly, marking the end of The Undisputed Era’s tenure. O’Reilly has revealed that the group’s final angle was a collaborative effort.
Speaking on Sean Waltman’s Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, O’Reilly stated that there was no “executive decision” to destroy Undisputed Era. It was collectively decided that NXT TakeOver was the perfect occasion for the angle, enticing people to tune in to NXT.
O’Reilly opened up about booking meetings that he attended to help craft a fitting story for the group members.
Here is the full quote:
“It goes to show how much trust they have in us as performers. It started with ‘come in Sunday, we’ll have a booking meeting, and you guys pitch ideas as to what’s next.’ That’s what’s great about the entire (run in NXT), they want to hear our opinion and run things by us and get our suggestions.
“This booking meeting — it was not the plan, it had nothing to do with an executive decision like, ‘this has to happen.’ It was a true collaboration of ‘if we’re doing this, we do it tonight at the pay-per-view to maximize the opportunity to get people to tune in on Wednesday to get the why.’ You want to end the show with something big. It’s crazy how it happened so fast and suddenly.
“Literally, within hours it was like, ‘this is happening.’ It does suck because it’s been the best thing that has happened to me in my career. I’ve had the most fun and learned so much and become a better performer. Just because we split not, it just means the eventual reunion will be a bigger deal,”
Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly closed the final night of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver with a brutal unsanctioned match. On the next episode of NXT, Roderick Strong handed in his resignation, formally leaving the brand.
One of The Undisputed Era’s most fierce rivalries was with The Kings of NXT. A previous member of that faction, Pat McAfee, has now joined the SmackDown commentary team.
Quote via Fightful.