Adam Cole’s contributions to NXT after making his debut back in 2017 cannot be understated. He was involved in several of the brand’s best matches and helped make NXT what it was for 4 years. He also explained the main difference between working in NXT and AEW.

Adam Cole was done with NXT after TakeOver 36 and right after that, Adam Cole’s WWE contract also expired, making him free agent. He made his way to AEW and has since become one of the highlights of AEW television.

While speaking on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio, Adam Cole explained the main difference between working in NXT and AEW. Cole stated that NXT is far more-hands on than AEW.

I’d say, by far the biggest difference is NXT had a very hands-on approach, which is wonderful. It’s a great learning experience when you look at guys like Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who have an exact vision of where they wanted it to go, how they wanted the promos to sound, what they wanted us to say. Then as time went on, I got more freedom, I guess you can call it. Whether it be with promos and matches, because they started to trust me.


With AEW, it was from the beginning. No one has ever handed me a script for a promo. No one has ever told me directly how they want my match to go. You get that creative process and that freedom to do as you please. Especially if you’re someone who’s trusted fortunately, but with AEW from the beginning, I’ve been trusted. I’d say, they definitely give you a lot more stuff to play with and using your own creative process to go about things how you want to.”

Adam Cole is set to square off against Dax Harwood on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite as part of the Owen Hart Cup tournament. We’ll have to see who comes out on top in the match.

h/t Wrestling Inc

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