Adam Cole showed up at AEW All Out, marking his entry into All Elite Wrestling. There was an effort made by WWE to keep him around, but he obviously decided against what they pitched him. WWE had an idea for Cole on the main roster, and it would have confused a number of fans if they went with their proposed idea.
Ringside News exclusively reported on August 10th regarding Cole’s talks with WWE that “fans ‘shouldn’t get [their] hopes up’ regarding this situation, because ‘there’s just money being thrown his way for a role most people won’t believe.'” Since Adam Cole is now in All Elite Wrestling, we can reveal what that unbelievable role was.
We were told by a tenured member of the creative team that WWE’s main roster pitch for Adam Cole would have seen him become a heel manager. No proposed client for Mr. Bay Bay was mentioned.
We were told that “Bruce Prichard really put the hooks into Adam Cole,” but the former NXT Champion passed on that offer. As we noted in our previous report, fans shouldn’t put much stock in the idea that WWE offered Cole a $1 million per year contract as many have rumored.
Vince McMahon met with Adam Cole and he liked him. Reports were that McMahon wanted Cole on the main roster, but nobody specifically said he would be wrestling. Their idea was to go a totally different way with his talents and utilize his speaking ability above everything else. After he debuted for AEW, Cole admitted that he had no bad experiences with McMahon.
Adam Cole is now a member of The Elite, re-aligning himself with Kenny Omega and his old friends. He will not be a manager for the group, because he just passed on an offer like that from Vince McMahon’s company.
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