Adam Cole is regarded as one of the most skilled in-ring stars in the pro wrestling world right now, and fans will love him no matter what. Unfortunately, his time in AEW hasn’t gone the way fans would have liked due to his slew of injuries. In fact, he lost his memory during the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door match.

Despite being previously injured, Adam Cole participated in a fatal four-way match for the IWGP World Heavyweight title at Forbidden Door. The match resulted in further harm, as Cole sustained a concussion. He was so determined to compete in the match that he made a hasty return from his prior concussion.

Cole worked the match with a torn labrum. He faced Adam Page, Jay White and Kazuchika Okada, in a true dream match. Unfortunately, he suffered another injury in the match.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Cole recalled the match, noting that after taking a weird bump, he forgot where he was and what he was even supposed to do.

“I had taken a few weeks off, getting ready for Forbidden Door. I had passed every single test I had to take. So I thought, ‘Oh, I’m good to go.’ Then again, at the Forbidden Door matchup, the strangest thing about is, I remember feeling really good.

I had taken a bump where I felt a little bit weird, but it wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was a normal bump. I remember thinking, ‘Oh, okay. That felt a little strange.’

About 30 seconds go by, and then it’s like I have no recollection or memory of what I’m supposed to do, what happened in the match. The memory stuff is the really, really scary part to me, when you’re in the middle of a ring and there’s thousands of people around you, and I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing.

That was really scary. So I knew pretty early on after my memory started going that something was wrong. Once again, got to the back and got checked out. That one was really scary because they were so close to each other. It wasn’t just scary because of how close they were to each other.

But what really scared me a lot, and this was part of where the concern of if I’m gonna be able to wrestle again came from, is I didn’t anything insane. It wasn’t this dramatic move or this insanely dangerous move that I had taken. It was a standard pro wrestling match, where now I’m at a point where I can’t remember what I’m supposed to be doing, where I am, or what’s going on.

That really created a lot of fear in me, and I think a lot of fear in a lot of the doctors as well. So that’s kind of what happened. It felt like this domino effect of first it was the shoulder, then it was the head, then it was okay, let’s rest three or four weeks, and then it was the head again. It was definitely the scariest part of my career, I think, in the 15 years I’ve been doing this.”

Adam Cole still has a little ways to go before making his in-ring return. We will have to wait and see when Adam Cole will be able to compete inside the squared circle again.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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