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Austin Jenkins (born July 5, 1989), is an American professional wrestlersigned to WWE, where he performs in NXT under the ring name Adam Cole. He is known for his work in Ring of Honor (ROH). When he performed for ROH, he became a three-time ROH World Champion, and was the first wrestler to achieve this feat. In addition, he is a one-time ROH World Television Champion. He is also known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).» Continue Reading


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  2018/06/17
NXT Takeover Chicago Results June 16th,2018
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WWE.COM DIGITALS | TELEVISION CAPTURES

Match Number One: NXT Tag Team Championship: Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly [with Adam Cole]) versus Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch

Strong and Lorcan start things off and Strong with a waist lock and he slaps Lorcan in the head to taunt him. Strong with a side head lock and he floats over in the corner . Lorcan with a back elbow and Burch tags in. Burch with a front face lock into a wrist lock. Strong with a front face lock and Kyle tags in and applies a side head lock and takes Burch to the mat. Kyle with a palm thrust to the head. Burch with elbows but Kyle with a kick to the head. Burch with a leg take down as Kyle goes for a leap frog. Burch with a European uppercut and he tags in Lorcan.

Burch and Lorcan suplex Strong onto Kyle. Burch and Lorcan with running European uppercuts and then they clothesline Strong and Kyle over the top rope to the floor. Cole gets Strong and Kyle to take a break and discuss strategy. Kyle gets back into the ring and he gets to the mat and Strong distracts Lorcan to allow Kyle to take advantage. Lorcan with chops but Kyle with a shoulder tackle. Lorcan with a knee to the midsection.

Burch tags in and Kyle with forearms. Strong tags in before Burch and Lorcan hit a double drop kick to the knees. Burch with a series of strikes to Strong and he hits a missile drop kick. Strong sends Burch to the floor and Burch blocks a kick from Kyle but Strong with a baseball slide to Burch. Strong sends Burch into the apron. Strong sends Burch back into the ring and Kyle tags in.

Strong with chops while Kyle kicks Burch. Kyle works on the arm and then he takes Burch to the mat with a belly-to-back suplex and Kyle goes for the leg. Strong tags in and he kicks Burch. Strong with a back breaker. Strong gets a near fall. Strong with a head lock and he Irish whips Burch into the corner. Kyle tags in and Strong with a running forearm followed by a knee from Kyle. Burch with chops but Kyle with a double leg take down and then he connects with elbows and knees to the ribs.

Kyle with punches and he goes for a cross arm breaker but Burch gets to the ropes. Strong tags in and Burch with a forearm but Strong with a drop kick for a near fall. Strong with a seated abdominal stretch. Strong misses a running knee into the corner and Burch with a back body drop. Kyle tags in and he kicks Lorcan off the apron with a Yakuza Kick. Kyle with a forearm but Burch with a head butt and both men are down. Strong and Lorcan tag in and Lorcan with clotheslines. Lorcan with a chop and clothesline. Lorcan with a running European uppercut. Lorcan chops Kyle and then he knocks Strong off the apron. Lorcan drop kicks Kyle to the floor. Lorcan with a plancha onto Strong and O’Reilly.

Lorcan with a half nelson suplex followed by a running European uppercut for a near fall. Lorcan with chops to Kyle and Strong. Lorcan with running European uppercuts. Strong tries for a back breaker but Lorcan escapes. Lorcan with a double blockbuster and Burch tags in. They hit an elevated DDT but Kyle breaks up the cover. Kyle is sent to the floor and then Lorcan goes up top while Burch puts Strong on his shoulders. Lorcan is pushed off the turnbuckles onto the apron. Strong with kicks and Kyle tags in.

Kyle misses a leg sweep and Burch with a head butt. Kyle with a jumping knee to the midsection. Kyle with a brainbuster for a near fall. Kyle goes for the cross arm breaker but Burch blocks it. He gets Burch to release his grip and he applies the cross arm breaker. Burch rolls over into the ropes to force Kyle to release the hold. Kyle with an Irish whip and Strong with a running knee into the corner followed by a face buster. Kyle with a knee and Strong gets a near fall.

Burch with a head butt to Strong and then he sends Kyle to the floor. Lorcan tags in and he hits a Blockbuster off the apron on both men. Lorcan goes up top and Burch gets Kyle on his shoulders for the European uppercut but Cole pulls Kyle out of the ring during the count.

The referee sends Cole to the back. Lorcan sends Kyle back into the ring and Lorcan has to get Kyle up. Strong pulls Burch out of the ring and sends Burch into the announce table. Kyle puts Lorcan in the guillotine and Lorcan counters into a suplex. Kyle gets a boot up when Lorcan charges into the corner. Lorcan with European uppercuts to Strong. Strong with a knee. Lorcan goes after the knee and he hits a power bomb for a near fall. Lorcan with a single leg crab but Kyle kicks Lorcan. Lorcan holds on to the single leg crab. Burch puts Kyle in a crossface. Kyle kicks Lorcan to get him to release the single leg crab.

They all exchange punches. Kyle with a kick and knee to Burch. Lorcan slaps Kyle but Strong with a jumping knee to Lorcan. Strong and O’Reilly with Total Elimination for the three count.

Winners: Undisputed Era (retain Titles)

After the match, the crowd gives Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch an ovation.

 
  2018/06/14
NXT Results-June 13th,2018
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We see the Undisputed Era outside of Full Sail while Kyle O’Reilly gets ready for his match. They see the camera and Adam Cole tells the cameraman to leave.

Match Number Four: Kyle O’Reilly versus Pete Dunne for the WWE UK Championship

Kyle goes for the injured leg but Dunne avoids him. Kyle with a kick to the leg. They go to a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Kyle goes to the mat and he takes Dunne to the mat and gets a near fall. Dunne with a bridge and he goes for a double wrist lock but Kyle escapes and goes for an arm bar. Dunne with a hammer lock but Kyle escapes. Dunne with a cartwheel and then he pulls at the fingers for some joint manipulation and then he applies a head lock and stomps on the hand.

Dunne with a clothesline and Kyle tries to go to the floor but Dunne stops him. Kyle with elbows and he goes to the floor but Dunne kicks the left arm. Dunne with an X Plex onto the apron. Dunne sends Kyle back into the ring and he applies a surfboard with a fish hook. Dunne works on the left hand and then drives the knees into the mat. Kyle with an Irish whip and Kyle kicks Dunne in the back of the leg as he tries to flip out of the corner.

Kyle with kicks to the injured leg and he sends Dunne to the mat with a running kick to the leg. Kyle works on the shoulder and he hits an atomic drop to the knee adn he applies an Achilles Lock. Dunne goes for Kyle’s ankle and they both release the hold. Dunne slaps Kyle but Kyle kicks Dunne in the injured hamstring. Dunne with an enzuigiri and both men are down. Dunne with punches to Kyle as he backs the challenger into the corner.

Dunne flips out of the corner and he goes for a German suplex but Kyle with a standing switch. Dunne lands on his feet on the German suplex and he kicks Kyle in the back. Dunne with a sit out power bomb for a near fall and Kyle with a triangle after kicking out. Dunne gets a near fall when Kyle’s shoulders are on the mat. Dunne with a kick to the arm and he goes for a double wrist lock and body scissors. Kyle counters with a head and arm triangle. Kyle with a kick to the chest and he gets a near fall. Kyle with a brainbuster for a near fall.

Kyle kicks Dunne in the head and Dunne knocks the kicks away. Kyle kicks Dunne in the injured leg and follows with a punch and knee to the head. Kyle misses a leg sweep but Dunne connects with a forearm and it sends Kyle into the corner. Dunne goes for Bitter End but Kyle counters into a guillotine and body scissors. Dunne goes for the wrist lock and he sets for an X Plex into an arm bar. Kyle escapes and applies an ankle lock.

Kyle misses a punch and Pete has the hands and Dunne with a head butt and both men are down. They back into each other and they both connect with punches. Kyle with a knee but he misses a stomp. Kyle with an axe kick but Dunne with an enzuigiri. Dunne with a forearm to the head as O’Reilly charges at him. Both men are down. Dunne grabs the fingers and he punches Kyle but Kyle punches back. Kyle tries to pick up Dunne but he sends him back to the mat with forearms. Kyle takes Dunne’s mouthguard out and Dunne hits Bitter End for the three count.

Winner: Pete Dunne (retains Championship)

After the match, Strong and Cole attack Dunne and kick him.

Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch make their way to the ring and they take care of Strong and Cole. Dunne with punches to Strong and Cole pulls Dunne to the floor to save Strong. Dunne with forearms and punches to Cole as they go to the back. The four men who will be battling for the tag titles brawl in the ring until Burch and Lorcan send them to the floor.

 
  2018/06/09
NXT North American Champion Adam Cole to defend title at EVOLVE ...
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Proving to be a fighting champion, Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole will defend the NXT North American Title at the EVOLVE 107 wrestling event in Melrose, Mass., later this month.

The Panama City Playboy’s opponent will be announced this Monday.

Presented by the WWN and EVOLVE Wrestling, EVOLVE 107 takes place at the Melrose Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the NXT North American Title Match, the event will include a title defense by WWN Champion Austin Theory, as well as bouts featuring former UFC fighter and reigning EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle, renowned Austrian powerhouse WALTER and more.

Cole’s title defense is the latest example of WWE’s working relationship with EVOLVE, one of the world’s leading independent wrestling organizations. EVOLVE has hosted WWE luminaries, from NXT General Manager William Regal and WWE Performance Center coach Robbie Brookside to Sami Zayn and NXT Champion Aleister Black, at its events in the past. EVOLVE wrestlers also competed at this year’s WrestleMania Axxess in New Orleans, featuring title defenses by then-WWN Champion Keith Lee and EVOLVE Tag Team Champions Chris Dickinson & Jaka.

Click here for ticket information and other details about EVOLVE 107, and follow EVOLVE on Twitter for further updates as the event nears.

 
  2018/05/24
NXT Results-May 23rd,2018
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The Undisputed Era are in the back and Adam Cole says that last week was a fluke. The funniest part of last week was that they will hang their hats on that victory their entire careers. Roderick says they should not be facing them at Takeover. Kyle says it is Pete Dunne’s fault for giving them false hope. They didn’t even know who they were. Bobby says the charade comes to an end in Chicago. Roderick says he has no patience and he waits for no man. He wants Mr. Number Two Daniel Burch. He will show Burch that last week was a fluke and they are way out of their league.

 
  2018/05/17
NXT Results:May 16th,2018
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Match Number Four: Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong versus Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, and Pete Dunne

Strong and Dunne start things off and Strong tosses his shirt at Dunne as the bell rings. Kyle is tagged in before locking up. Burch tags in before Dunne does anything. They have a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Burch with a waist lock. Kyle with a standing switch and a knee bar. Burch gets to the ropes and Kyle releases the hold. They lock up and Burch with a side head lock and take down. Kyle gets a near fall. Kyle with a head scissors and Burch escapes. Burch tells Kyle to get up and Kyle tells Burch to join him on the mat. Kyle with kicks to the leg and he tags in Cole. Cole with a punch and he kicks Burch.

Cole with a forearm as he taunts Burch. Cole with a knee to the midsection and he kicks Burch in the corner. Kyle tags back in and he connects with a head butt to the ribs. Kyle with knees and a snap mare followed by a kick to the back for a near fall. Kyle with a wrist lock and Strong tags in. Strong with a back breaker for a near fall. Strong stands on the hand and then he stomps on the elbow while looking at Dunne. Strong mocks Dunne. Burch with a punch but Strong with a punch and Dunne tags in. Dunne with forearms to Strong.

Dunne with a clothesline and hammer lock. Dunne with punches to the ribs and then he pulls at the fingers. All six men get in the ring and Lorcan, Dunne, and Burch all pull at the fingers. The Undisputed Area go to the floor. Strong gets back into the ring and he distracts the referee to allow Cole and Kyle to try to interfere. Strong with forearms and Cole tags in. Cole with kicks and forearms to Dunne. Kyle tags in and he kicks Dunne in the corner and follows with forearms.

Strong tags in and he punches Dunne and applies a Cobra Clutch. Strong with a backbreaker for a near fall. Strong with a baseball slide to the back and then he tags Cole in. They kick Dunne. Cole with a snap mare and knee to the back. Cole with a boot to the head and Kyle tags in. Kyle works on the shoulder and he applies a hammer lock and then connects with forearms and kicks. Kyle with a sliding knee to the ribs and Strong tags back in.

Strong with a seated abdominal stretch. Dunne escapes the corner and tags in Lorcan. Lorcan with punches to Strong and then he chops Kyle and Strong. Lorcan with running European uppercuts on Kyle and Strong. Lorcan with a German suplex and blockbuster on Strong. Burch tags in and Lorcan with a dive onto Kyle and Strong. Lorcan with an atomic drop to Strong but Burch with a clothesline. Dunne kicks Kyle in the head. Strong sends Dunne over the top rope. Lorcan accidentally kicks Dunne as he goes over the top rope by Strong. Strong with a running knee to Burch and Cole tags in. Cole with an Ushigoroshi and Kyle with a running kick for a near fall.

Burch with a punch to Kyle and then he sends Cole over the top rope to the floor. Strong is sent to the floor. Burch with a Crossface on Kyle as Lorcan puts Strong in a single leg crab. Dunne with a Kimura on Cole. Strong sends Lorcan into Dunne and Cole who fall onto Burch to get him to release the hold. Cole with a kick to Dunne and Dunne and Cole go over the top rope on a suplex. The other four men exchange punches until Burch and Lorcan get the advantage. Burch with a head butt to Kyle. Lorcan with a double blockbuster and then Burch hits a hanging DDT for the three count.

Winners: Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan, and Pete Dunne

 
  2018/04/26
NXT Results-April 25th,2018
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WWE.COM DIGITALS | TELEVISION CAPTURES

We are at Full Sail University and your announcers are Percy Watson and Mauro Ranallo.

The Undisputed Era make their way to the stage and they go to the ring.

Adam tells them to relish in this situation. Look at all of this gold. This is what happens when you back the Undisputed Era into the corner. NXT’s mission has been to prevent this from happening, but here we stand.

Bobby says it is no secret. At War Games, they were thrown to the wolves and in New Orleans, the same thing. What you fail to realize is that in every turn, the Undisputed Era remain one step ahead. Do you need any proof? They stand here today dripping in NXT Championship Gold.

Roderick says everyone wants to know “Why Roddy Why?” He is not the type of guy to stand here and pat himself on the back because that is what they are for. For once, he did something for himself and at Takeover, he made the best decision of his career. Sure, he could have won the tag titles with Pete Dunne, but how long until Pete turns on him because all Pete cares about his is UK title. Not Bobby Fish. Not Adam Cole. Not Kyle O’Reilly. He has seen them take a bullet for them.

During the match, Roderick says he had an epiphany. It has been Roddy versus the World, but why fight alone and come up short when they can fight together and take over NXT?

Kyle says they are done being backed into a corner. It doesn’t matter what the powers that be do to try to slow them down. They cannot be stopped. This is the era of the undisputed. Times are changing. They will leave everyone else in the dust.

Adam says that was well said. Adam says he will defend his title against Oney Lorcan right now. He will do it on his own because he won this title by himself and he will defend it himself. Adam says he doesn’t need any help beating Oney Lorcan. Adam wants them to do him a favor and go to the back and find a comfortable seat and a cold beverage to see what he is going to do. They are here to shock the system.

Match Number One: Adam Cole versus Oney Lorcan for the NXT North American Title

Cole’s ribs are heavily taped as he takes off his shirt.

They lock up and Cole with a wrist lock. Lorcan with a reversal into a waist lock and Cole gets to the ropes. Cole with a kick and side head lock. Cole with a shoulder tackle but Lorcan with an abdominal stretch. Cole gets to the ropes to force Lorcan to release the hold. Cole goes to the floor to regroup and catch his breath. Cole goes into the ring to stop the count and goes back to the floor. Lorcan follows and he connects with a shoulder on the apron. Lorcan tries to suplex Cole to the floor but Cole blocks it.

Cole with an enzuigiri to stop Lorcan. Cole kicks Lorcan in the corner. Cole with a kick to the head and he punches Lorcan. Cole with a snap mare and knee to the back. Cole with a rear chin lock. Lorcan with punches to the ribs but Cole gets Lorcan on his shoulders for an ushigoroshi. Cole holds his ribs as he is unable to capitalize on the situation. Cole with a forearm as Lorcan punches Cole in the ribs. Lorcan with a European uppercut and chops.

Lorcan with a running knee to the midsection and then he hits a running European uppercut followed by a blockbuster for a near fall. Lorcan goes for a half nelson suplex but Cole blocks it. Cole with a boot to the head but Lorcan drops Cole onto the top rope and Cole falls to the floor.

Lorcan goes up top and Kyle brings a trainer to the ring to check on Cole. Strong pulls Lorcan to the floor and hits a back drop driver onto the apron. Cole is helped into the ring and he hits Last Shot for the three count.

Winner: Adam Cole

After the match, Kyle and Roderick attack Lorcan.

Danny Burch makes his way to the ring and he takes care of Kyle and Roderick. Cole with a super kick to Burch. Kyle with axe and smash to Lorcan while Strong hits a jumping knee on Burch.

 
  2018/04/19
NXT Results-April 18th,2018
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 TELEVISION CAPTURES

We go to commercial.

We are back and Undisputed Era are getting ready for a photo shoot. Cole says he didn’t think they would look this good with championship gold. They will appear on next week’s NXT.

Adam Cole will defend the NXT North American Title against Oney Lorcan.

 
  2018/04/08
NXT Takeover Results-April 7th,2018
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NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: EC3 vs Killian Dain vs Lars Sullivan vs Adam Cole vs Velveteen Dream vs Ricochet

They all start brawling to kick things off as the crowd chants this is awesome. EC3 ducked out of the ring early to avoid the brawl. We see Lars and Dain left in the ring with EC3 talking trash. They went after him. Ricochet hit a dive off the top rope to the floor taking out Dain and Lars. Ricochet grabbed a ladder and climbed it in the ring but Dream cut him off with an uppercut. Ricochet attacked him from behind. Ricochet hit a hurricanrana then a drop kick. Dream knocked him off the top rope and climbed the ladder. Cole pulled him off and hit a series of forearms. Cole caught Dain with a kick then hit a neck breaker to Dream. EC3 hit a jawbreaker to Cole then knocked Lars off the apron. EC3 with a splash in the corner then a neck breaker. Lars hit a clothesline to EC3 then a powerslam to Cole and one to EC3. Dain sent Lars to the floor and hit a suicide dive to take out the big man. Dain with a clothesline to Dream then Cole hit a big boot to Dain. Everyone brawls in the ring until Lars tossed a ladder at them. Lars hit Dain with a ladder as well as everyone else. One man wrecking machine. Lars with a press slam to Dream onto a ladder. Ricochet with Dream and EC3 hit a powerbomb to Lars. Cole was on the ladder and went for the title but Dain stopped him. Dain back dropped Ricochet onto a ladder in the corner. Cole drop kicked Dain and EC3 with a face buster to Dain off the ladder. Cole and EC3 used the ladder to Lars in the corner. Cole set up a ladder between the ring and announce table and they sent Dain into chest first. EC3 mocked Cole’s taunt and Cole sent EC3 crashing onto a ladder. Cole to Dream, Dain, Lars, and EC3 and Ricochet. Cole stood tall. Cole climbed the ladder but Lars pushed him off and sent him crashing. Dream took out Lars with the ladder. Dream with an elbow drop to Dain and Cole off the top rope. Lars squashed Dream up in the corner with the ladder but Dream came back and hit him with the ladder. Dream hit an elbow drop off the top rope onto Lars. EC3 powerbombed Dream off a ladder onto another one. EC3 hit a TKO off the ladder to Cole. Dain with a big boot to EC3. Dain hit a stiff powerslam to EC3 and crushed him with a ladder by hitting a back senton. Dain hit a Vader Bomb off the middle rope to EC3 while having Cole on his back. Ricochet with a kick to Lars and Dain. Lars caught him and tossed him across the ring. Dain did the same thing to Ricochet. Lars and Dain slugged it out in the ring. Lars climbed the ladder but Ricochet stopped him with a head kick. Ricochet got on the ladder but Ricochet turned it over and Ricochet hit a moonsault off the ladder onto Dain and Cole who were outside of the ring. Insane spot. Ricochet with a kick to EC3 and hit a shooting star press on the ladder. Dream with a stiff shot to Ricochet then Ricochet landed one back to him. Dream set up a ladder in between another ladder and the turnbuckle, placed Ricochet on it and climbed it. Ricochet got back up and they battle on the ladder. Dream hit a death valley driver to Ricochet on the ladder while standing on it. Lars placed Dream on another ladder outside of the ring and chokeslammed EC3 onto Dream through the ladder. Dain put Ricochet another ladder and hit his finisher to Cole onto Ricochet through the ladder. Lars and Dain climbed the ladder and began to brawl. EC3 hit both men with a ladder then set it up next to them. Cole joined in and all started to battle it out. Dream joined in and set it up. Ricochet came in as well. Cole hit a neck breaker to EC3. Ricochet hit one to Dream and almost broke him in half. Lars with a chokeslam to Dain. Lars was bleeding from his face and climbed the ladder but Ricochet hit a spring board jump to Lars that knocked them over. Ricochet had his hands on the ladder but Cole knocked him off and grabbed the title!

Winner: Cole – first-ever champion.

NXT Tag Team Championship And Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Winners: Roderick Strong & WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne vs. The Authors of Pain vs. The Undisputed Era (c)

They all start brawling to begin the match. AOP stood tall through all of the hectic spots. AOP hit a neck breaker powerbomb for 2. They clear one of the announce tables and powerbomb Cole through it. A botched spot. O’Reilly hit Akam with a running knee then a big boot to Rezar. O’Reilly with a knee strike to Strong but Dunne went for a double wrist lock. O’Reilly got out of it with some kicks and knees. Strong with a chop then a back breaker. Strong with a knee strike to Akam and one to Rezar. O’Reilly with a triangle choke to Strong but Rezar broke it up. Akam hit a powerbomb to Dunne onto O’Reilly. Rezar with a series of knees to Strong then a side/neck choke. Rezar with a suplex to Strong. O’Reilly jumped in but Rezar knocked him down with a german suplex that sent him to the floor. AOP beat down Strong for a few minutes. Akam took out O’Reilly. Strong with a series of head kicks to Akam then tagged in Dunne, who hit a series of strikes to Rezar. Dune blocked a german suplex and hit O’Reilly with a kick. Rezar went for a powerslam but Dunne counter it into a DDT. O’Reilly and Dunne exchanged right hands in the ring. Akam took both of them out with a double clothesline. AOP hit a double powerbomb to O’Reilly and Dunne. AOP with their double team finisher to O’Reilly for 2 as Strong broke it up. Akam tossed Strong out of the ring. Akam tossed Strong into Dunne then Strong with a knee strike and a angle slam to Akam for 2. Dune with a double foot stomp to O’Reilly. Strong with a knee strike and they hit a double head kick for 2 as Rezar saved his partner. Strong sent Rezar into the steel steps. Dune with a head kick to O’Reilly then hit the Bitter End and covered him for 2. Strong broke it up and hit his finisher to Dunne. Strong put O’Reilly on top of Dunne and that’s the finish.

Winners: Cole and O’Reilly – still champs!

After the match, Strong put on the Undisputed Era’s armband and completed the heel turn by joining the group.

 
  2018/04/06
Adam Cole: I want to have the biggest personality in the room an...
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Before Adam Cole heads to the Smoothie King Center for NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on WWE Network, I chatted with him about how much he’s learned during his time in NXT, what makes the NXT crowds special and what it was like to meet Shawn Michaels.

About a year ago you said that if you made the jump to WWE that you would want to start off in NXT as opposed to going right to the main roster, flash forward to now and you’re an established star in NXT. Is this part of your journey everything you thought it would be?

“Yeah for sure. When I come into a situation, especially like this one in NXT, my goal is to get to perform in front of these fans, to get to wrestle with these guys, who are in my opinion, some of the best wrestlers in the entire world. I felt like I could fit really well in this environment and I think I have. To get the chance to do what I’ve done here so far has been a total blast and so much fun.

But at the same time it’s exceeded my expectations in many ways. I’ve gotten to do things in NXT, and even WWE, that I didn’t imagine I would get the chance to do. Very happy with the journey so far.”

In what ways have you grown as a performer since coming to WWE?

“There’s just such a better understanding of who I am actually as a performer. You fall kind of into … I don’t want to say a routine because you’re always trying to improve and get better, but when you wrestle for certain organizations time-and-time again, you kind of fall into this routine of performing a certain way and having matches a certain way. Also, after a while you’ve wrestled everyone over-and-over again.

Getting to come here and getting to wrestle a bunch of new talent, some guys I’ve met before and some guys that I’ve never met before. It puts you in a situation where you learn to adapt and change, whether it be character wise, things that you do in the ring. It just gives you new challenges.

I’m teaming a lot more with Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, so that throws me into a different situation as far as learning to wrestle as part of a team as opposed to working solo most of the time.

Also the fans, I’ve noticed in each and every promotion, even though there are a lot of similarities in many different ways, NXT is a totally different animal.

Overall, adapting has been the biggest growing point for me.”

Interesting, in what ways are the NXT crowds different from the other promotions you’ve worked for.

“The NXT fans to me are in love and so infatuated with the characters. So to me when you see a guy like Velveteen Dream or No Way Jose and the way that they’re so invested in them as performers, not even necessarily with what they’re doing between the ropes, but in their entrances.

I feel the connection with the audience is just so much greater than anything I’ve felt before. It’s pretty incredible, especially when you’re at TakeOver events.”

When I watch the backstage segments with you, Kyle, and Bobby, they come off like old school nWo style promos. Obviously the music playing in the background, which sounds like a new age nWo theme, and the camera angles help, but it’s the natural chemistry you guys have on camera because it seems like you’re just having fun and being yourselves on camera. I would imagine it has to be awesome to just bounce off of each other while filming those.

“Oh man yeah, it’s so much fun. I think that’s exactly why it comes off that way. Me, Bobby, and Kyle are as close as it gets. That’s not just a performance. I’ve known Kyle O’Reilly since 2009 and I was in his wedding. I’ve known Bobby Fish for years and years, we used to travel together all of the time. We talk every single day.

So when we’re there and we’re talking in front of the camera, that’s just us having a good time and I think that’s a big reason why the group works so well. It’s very natural because it’s very real. So I think in turn how we project ourselves comes off as fun because we are genuinely having a great time together.”

Speaking of coming off natural, you come off so natural on the microphone. I talked with Ronda [Rousey] this week about where she’s at in terms of speed while talking in front of the live audience and then I asked Roman [Reigns] about it and he talked about how he was able to process the idea of taking his time to make sure he stopped rushing through his material.

Is the speaking part of the business something that you were able to gravitate towards and get comfortable with quickly?

“I think so. There is a constant growth process. I think that’s why I love this job so much. There’s no such thing as completely perfecting every area of it, you’re always trying to get better at it.

For me, I picked up the promo aspect of pro wrestling much faster than the actual wrestling part of it. I was always fairly athletic and I could do things even from the beginning of my career, when I was 18 and 19 years old. I was always the guy who could always string words together and found what I was saying to be actually believable however I was trying to come across, whether that be somewhat likeable or somewhat of a jerk.

I don’t know why that is, but I remember as a kid just being so fascinated by guys who were good talkers. Even in movies. I used to love the way James Bond villains would act and how cool they came across and how awful they seemed, but what they were saying was so believable.

I’ve always been fascinated by guys, especially bad guys, who were able to talk a certain way, tell stories with their words and just paint this beautiful picture for that you just completely rode along with. I’ve focused a fair amount of time on making sure that promos were something I really focused on.”

Your in-ring style is very interesting to me. You’re a smaller guy, but you work a style that is similar to a lot of bigger guys and it’s because of this slower pace that the spots actually mean something, especially when you build up to the climax of a match. Is that a pace that you’ve always had, or was there a certain point where you were like, OK I need to slow down now and figure out what works for me?

“That was something I developed over time. When I first started, I was definitely a guy that was doing every move under the sun and I was going a million miles an hour and just trying to wow the fans as much as I could. I thought that was the way to get them invested in me. Don’t get me wrong, that style is very impressive, but I on purpose work a certain style. It’s very important for me to do that.

It’s obvious that I’m not the biggest guy in the world, but I want to have the biggest personality in the room and part of that personality isn’t just on the microphone. That’s the way I have to project myself in the ring as well.

All of my favorites in this business really took their time. They made everything they did mean something. Every movement they made had a purpose and that’s the type of performer I’m most comfortable being and that’s the type of performer I want to be too.”

There are so many performers doing unbelievable things we’ve never seen before on what feels like a weekly basis now, but after 20, 30 minutes go by and the match ends, I’ve seen so many big spots that it just feels like a blur, where as your matches build up to a few big spots that are easy to remember.

For instance, I watched your match with AJ [Styles] in Ring of Honor recently and you guys worked such a slower pace, but it built up to a huge finishing spot that is going to stick with the viewer. When I come across a match like that one it just feels so different in comparison to a lot of the matches we’re seeing nowadays.

“Sure, sure. You bring up AJ and he’s the king of that. AJ is a guy that can do anything under the sun. He’s one of the most athletically gifted guys there is, but AJ is able to place his stuff and put it in situations where he has the fans completely in the palm of his hand.

He knows he can do anything, but he knows that the biggest reaction he’s going to get from the audience is working a certain style and taking them on this ride by building a story within the match.

Doing a million things is very impressive, but if you forget 90 percent of it, it’s kind of a shame.”

How many times has someone come up to you at the Performance Center and said you look like Shawn Michaels?

“(Laughs) More times than I can count. Whether that be at the Performance Center, whether that be fans. I think I get at least five or six tweets a week about how I look like Shawn Michaels. To me it’s just a giant compliment.”

Has he said that to you?

“Yeah! When we first met he said, ‘A lot of people tell me that you and I look alike and now that I met ya I see what they mean.”

Who is somebody in NXT that you haven’t had the opportunity to work with yet that you’re looking forward to getting in the ring with?

“I’ll tell you what, I would love the chance to have any sort of a program with Velveteen Dream. I think that guy has so much potential. He’s so good now. His understanding of the industry for his age is unbelievable. His natural talent is the same. I watch him, I’m captivated by what he does, so to get the chance to be in there with him in some capacity would be great.”

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  2018/04/05
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they lock up. Rezar with knees and a front face lock as we go to commercial.

We are back and Akam tags in and he punches Dunne while Rezar holds Dunne. Dunne with punches but Akam with kicks. Akam with punches to Dunne and he applies a head lock while trapping the arm. Dunne gets to the ropes and he chops Akam. Dunne with punches but Akam sends him into the corner and connects with kicks. Rezar tags in and he kicks Dunne. Rezar with a forearm to the back followed by a kick for a near fall. Rezar with a knee to send Dunne to the mat. Akam tags in and he kicks Dunne and gets a near fall.

Rezar tags back in and Dunne with punches but Akam with a boot off the turnbuckles as Rezar hits a side slam and Rezar gets a near fall. Rezar with punches and he gets a near fall. Rezar with punches and he tags Akam back in. Akam with a kick to the head. Akam with another kick to the head. Akam looks at Strong and that allows Dunne to go to the hand and pull at the fingers. Dunne with kicks to the head but Akam keeps Dunne from making the tag.

Dunne with a flatline and Strong tags in. Strong with forearms to Rezar. Strong kicks Akam off the apron and then kicks Rezar. Strong with a series of running forearms but Rezar stays on his feet. Strong with a drop kick to send Rezar to the mat. Strong with a baseball slide to Akam. Strong with a running knee followed by an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Strong with a running knee into the corner and Dunne tags in. Strong with a running forearm followed by a running enzuigiri from Dunne. Dunne with a double stomp for a near fall.

Dunne with a boot to the head and he applies a triangle but Rezar picks Dunne up and Akam tags in and they hit a neck breaker and power bomb combination but Strong breaks up the cover. Rezar goes over the top rope when Strong ducks down. Strong makes the tag and Dunne with an enzuigiri followed by a Bitter End and Cloud 9 for a near fall. Strong with a jumping knee and Dunne with an enzugiiri to Akam and Rezar. Akam and Rezar with clotheslines to Dunne and Strong and all four men are down.

Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly go to the ring and attack all four men and the referee calls for the bell.

Cole and Kyle attack Akam and Rezar and send them to the floor. Then they attack Dunne and Strong.

Cole and O’Reilly back up the ramp and William Regal’s music plays.

William says that is very smart. Due to Bobby Fish’s injury you think that if there is no winner, you won’t have to defend the tag titles at Takeover. That is not smart enough. At Takeover, it will be Undisputed Era versus Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne versus the Authors of Pain for the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Cup and the winner will be the NXT Tag Team Champions.

We have a video package for the North American Title Match.

Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly stop William Regal to complain about Adam having to wrestle twice. Regal says they have three options. Cole can wrestle twice, Kyle can wrestle on his own, or Adam can withdraw from the ladder match and wrestle with Kyle for the tag titles.

Match Number Three: Lars Sullivan versus Killian Dain

They lock up and Dain with a forearm on the break. They lock up again to a stalemate. Dain with a punch and Sullivan punches back. They both connect with forearms. They connect with European uppercuts and Dain with a bicycle kick to send Sullivan to the floor. Sullivan sends Dain into the apron as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sullivan with a crossface and then he works on the neck. Sullivan with more crossfaces. Sullivan with a vice on the neck as Dain gets back to his feet and he punches Sullivan. Sullivan with a knee and he gets Dain up but Dain with elbows to get Sullivan to release the hold. Dain with forearms and Sullivan misses a clothesline. Dain gets Sullivan up on the shoulders and he hits the Belfast Blitz. Dain goes for the Vader Bomb but Sullivan gets his knees up.

Sullivan with a short arm clothesline. Sullivan goes to the apron and turnbuckles but Dain stops Sullivan. Dain with a forearm and he climbs the turnbuckles. They exchange forearms and both men fall off the turnbuckles and hit the apron as they hit the floor.

Velveteen Dream comes to the ring and he climbs up top and Adam Cole makes his way to the ring and Dream goes to the mat and he stands in front of Cole for an Adam Cole Bay Bay. Dream poses and then EC3 makes his way to the ring.

Dain gets on the apron and so does Sullivan. All five men are in the ring and Ricochet’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Ricochet comes into the ring and does a springboard into the superhero landing..