AEW Star Adam Cole is never shy to express what’s on his mind. Talking about his time in WWE, the former NXT Champion had only positive things to say about his former mentors Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Adam Cole sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated to promote Sunday’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view event. In the interview, he reminisced on November 1, 2019, SmackDown episode where NXT stars were put on the show. The reason for that was the main roster stars were stuck in Saudi Arabia.
Cole seems to have great admiration for Triple H and Shawn Michaels, he spoke about how the two gave him confidence;
“Both Hunter [Paul “Triple H” Levesque] and Shawn gave me this unspoken confidence,” Cole says. “They put me into this next gear and gave me this championship mentality. That night, neither Hunter nor Shawn talked about the stakes, the stress or how everyone there was counting on me. They trusted my ability, that I could get on a plane that afternoon and wrestle later that night on SmackDown against one of the top stars in the industry.”
Cole then talks about the role of the two in his wrestling career and how much he got to learn from them. He spoke highly of his idols, calling them one of the greatest ever to do it.
“They didn’t bat an eye; they knew we were going to tear the house down,” Cole says. “Triple H and Shawn Michaels were instrumental to my career. I learned so much from them that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. Being in that environment taught me certain aspects of my game that I didn’t know before I was there. That’s benefited me in a lot of ways. That’s given me an edge in AEW, too. Two of the greatest to ever do it had full faith and belief in me. I’ll never forget that. So I know I deserve to be in this spot and deserve to be in this role.”
Adam Cole is set to challenge ‘Hangman’ Adam Page for his AEW Heavyweight Championship at AEW Revolution on Sunday in Orlando.