Every wrestler has their "how I got into wrestling" story. For some, it's a certain match or moment. Maybe it was a wrestler that they took a liking to. Others were simply born into the business.
For Adam Cole, he just wanted to fit in.
"I'll never forget how I started following pro wrestling, specifically WWE," Cole recalled to Indulge Express. "I remember, I was about nine years old. I was taking karate classes four times a week and I absolutely loved it. I built a really good relationship with my instructor. One day I got there early, and I was just stretching. My instructor was running on the treadmill and he was watching a taped WWE Monday Night Raw from the night before. Kane and Stone Cold Steve Austin putting Paul Bearer in a sewer. I was just fascinated by watching the TV. My instructor looked at me and asked, ‘Do you watch pro wrestling?’ I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I watch it all the time.’ I lied to him because I wanted to fit in with him. He then told me he has a WrestleMania 15 The Rock versus Stone Cold Steve Austin tape and said if I get a note from my parents, I could borrow it and watch. I begged my mom to let me borrow the tape and she did… and the rest was history. I saw The Rock versus Stone Cold Steve Austin WrestleMania 15 and I was hooked onto wrestling. I became a die-hard fan from there."
Lying to find his passion worked out well for Cole as he's gone on to become the NXT Champion.
Cole will defend the NXT Title against Velveteen Dream next Wednesday on NXT.