Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson have come to AEW!
On Sunday, September 5, AEW held its annual All Out event. The main event of the show saw Kenny Omega retain his AEW World Championship against Christian Cage. After the match, Omega got on the mic and proclaimed there to be no one on his level. He and The Elite proceeded to beat up Christian Cage. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus came to his aid but the numbers were still against them.
Adam Cole then came out, much to the surprise of everyone in attendance. The former NXT Champion teased attacking Omega but actually superkicked Jungle Boy and hugged his old friends. He grabbed a microphone and said that The Elite is the most dominant group in the history of the wrestling business and that no one can stop them.
As Kenny Omega was about to deliver his signature sign-off, the familiar Flight of the Valkyries played and out came the man once dubbed ‘The Leader of the YES Movement,’ Bryan Danielson. He and Jurassic Express cleared the ring and stood tall along with Christian to end the show.
Bryan, who had spent the last decade-plus with WWE departed the company earlier this year. His final match came on the April 30 edition of SmackDown. On that night he challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, one final shot at the belt after already having lost in the main event of WrestleMania 37. Bryan would lose to The Tribal Chief and see himself banished from the show, a stipulation he agreed to in order to secure the match.
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 what appeared to be his swan song with NXT at NXT Takeover 36, and as Fightful reported, he 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.
Per AEW, both Cole and Bryan have signed with the promotion and are officially "All Elite."