Adam Cole was surprised to learn that he could be All Elite this soon.
Following the main event of AEW All Out, Adam Cole made a surprise appearance, seemingly coming to the aid of Christian Cage and Jurassic Express as they got beat up by The Elite. As Cole stood face to face with Kenny Omega, he superkicked Jungle Boy and hugged his old friends. The Young Bucks even kissed him on the cheek.
Cole grabbed a mic and put over The Elite, saying that no one can stop them. His debut, however, was interrupted by another new signing, Bryan Danielson.
Cole had been with NXT since 2017 and not only served as a founding member of Undisputed Era but also as the longest-reigning champion in NXT history. Cole had his swan song with NXT at NXT Takeover 36, and as Fightful reported, had not signed a new contract as of that weekend. Cole's WWE contract (with the short-term extension) was actually up on Friday, August 27.
During the post-show media scrum, Cole told Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp that he thought his contract with WWE lasted another 6 months. Here are his full remarks:
"Yeah so, funny enough, believe it or not, I was also surprised. Yeah, I was under the impression that it was like six months later. So it was a surprise to me. It was a surprise to them. It was public knowledge for a lot of people that I had signed a little extension, I was in the middle of a really serious angle with Kyle O'Reilly, which was very important to me. He's one of my best friends in the entire world. Then after that is when stuff kind of opened up for me, but very surprising to me. It was just as surprising to me."
Cole thanked WWE and spoke highly of his four-year run there, but said that he is excited to be around a crew that he enjoys being with 24/7.
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