Adam Cole speaks about his opponent at EVOLVE 127.
Undisputed ERA member Adam Cole is getting a shot at Johnny Gargano's NXT Championship next month at NXT TakeOver XXV on June 1st but ahead of that bout, Cole is set to return to EVOLVE for EVOLVE 127 which is tonight and EVOLVE 128 tomorrow. Cole is taking on the current EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory tonight in a non-title match and clashing with AR Fox on Saturday. WWE.com ran an interview with the first-ever NXT North American Champion and he shared that he sees a lot of himself in the 22-year old Austin Theory.
"I understand what Austin Theory is doing. Even in a weird kind of way, I respect it because I was Austin Theory before. I was young, brash, arrogant and on top of the world, and I felt like I was already in my prime at such a young age. That’s Theory right now. He’s in amazing shape, on top of the world, the champion – he’s clicking on all cylinders. So now he’s trying to bark up the wrong tree, which is the biggest issue here. He’s running his mouth because he feels like he can. He hasn’t been in a situation yet where he’s had to face me in the ring before. So, pretty much I’m going to embarrass Austin Theory." Cole said. "We’re going to have a great match, because I know how incredibly talented he is, and I know it’s going to be competitive. But, if Theory thinks he’s even close to being in the caliber of an Adam Cole, at this point in his career, I’m going to show him how wrong he is when we get in the ring together."
Along with the NXT Title match set for TakeOver XXV, Io Shirai will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship at the show.