Adam Cole’s contributions to NXT during his four-year-long run cannot be understated. He helped usher in one of the brand’s best eras and fans will always appreciate him for that.

Adam Cole was done with NXT after TakeOver 36 and shortly after that, Adam Cole’s WWE contract also expired, making him free agent. On top of that, he didn’t sign another contract with WWE, so he was free to do whatever he wanted to.

Adam Cole decided to go to AEW as he made his debut at AEW All Out earlier this month and it is a decision he was very happy to make.

While speaking on Talk Is Jericho, Adam Cole claimed that he has his first ‘real’ conversation with Vince McMahon just before he was about to leave WWE.


I did have a meeting with Vince [McMahon] and it went really well. It was like a 30-minute conversation which was cool. I’d only talked to him for 2 or 3 minutes prior to that. I got to work the Survivor Series event and he wanted to talk to us afterward because he was really happy with the match but no real conversation before… that was the first time. It was really cool. He was really complimentary, very nice but the idea was for me to go to RAW or SmackDown and not stay with NXT just because, again, I’d been there for so long and I think they knew that as much as I do love NXT, I was ready to take the step of going to RAW or SmackDown. That was the gist of the conversation – whether to move me to RAW or SmackDown.

Booker T is all for Adam Cole becoming the AEW World Champion eventually. It remains to be seen whether Adam Cole will be as successful in AEW as he was in NXT or not.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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