Adam Cole doesn't look like the typical wrestler who has found success in WWE throughout company history.
Cole is listed as 6'0'' and 210 pounds on the WWE website, which is an undersized listing compared to the WWE Champion (Bobby Lashley - 6'3'' and 273 pounds) and WWE Universal Champion (6'3'' and 265 pounds).
While Cole has thrived in NXT, some fans wonder if he has the size to carry a title on Raw or SmackDown. For Cole, size doesn't matter.
"The size argument, to me, especially since I've been doing it so long, it no longer matters. Truth be told, from the moment I started training and wrestling on the Independents, people have made comments about me being on the smaller side. It's something I've battled with and dealt with, literally my entire career. The awesome thing has been, just based on past experience, pretty much every company I've gone into I've excelled and been able to be their champion and hold that championship for a long time and the fans have taken to me. Internally, how I feel about it, it doesn't affect me at all. Guys who aren't 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds are able to be world champion and perform at a high level. Seeing them do that gives me more motivation and focus to be able to go, 'I can be in their spot.' Truth be told, I feel like I am in that spot with NXT being the third brand. Size-wise, right now more than ever, I need to make sure I'm as good as possible in the ring and interviews and focus on the art of it. Fortunately, fans in 2021 have a good appreciation for that," Cole said on WrestleRant radio.
Cole is the longest-reigning NXT Champion of all-time for a single reign and is one of the most decorated NXT superstars of all-time as only one of two Triple Crown Champions.
He had the opportunity to become a two-time NXT Champion on the March 10 episode of NXT, but failed to re-capture the belt against reigning champion Finn Balor.
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