Adam Cole shocked the world at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day when he superkicked Kyle O'Reilly to close the show.
The superkick effectively broke up Undisputed Era, the group who had run roughshod over NXT for nearly four years and led to a blood feud between Cole and O'Reilly, which ended, for now, at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
Appearing on Sean Waltman's Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, O'Reilly discussed how things went down behind the scenes in learning about Undisputed Era breaking up.
"It goes to show how much trust they have in us as performers. It started with 'come in Sunday, we'll have a booking meeting, and you guys pitch ideas as to what's next.' That's what's great about the entire [run in NXT], they want to hear our opinion and run things by us and get our suggestions. This booking meeting -- it was not the plan, it had nothing to do with an executive decision like, 'this has to happen.' It was a true collaboration of 'if we're doing this, we do it tonight at the pay-per-view to maximize the opportunity to get people to tune in on Wednesday to get the why.' You want to end the show with something big. It's crazy how it happened so fast and suddenly. Literally, within hours it was like, 'this is happening.' It does suck because it's been the best thing that has happened to me in my career. I've had the most fun and learned so much and become a better performer. Just because we split not, it just means the eventual reunion will be a bigger deal," he said.
While Cole and O'Reilly have been in the spotlight, Roderick Strong has "quit" NXT over the split and Bobby Fish has been sidelined with an injury.
O'Reilly said about Fish and Strong, "As far as what's next and what's happening with Bobby (Fish) and Roderick (Strong), I have no idea how it's going to play out in the end."
Now that O'Reilly has been freed from Undisputed Era and finished, for now, with Cole, he's adopted a new and cooler persona, which led him to a victory over Cameron Grimes on Tuesday's NXT.
You can find O'Reilly's comments on his new persona by clicking here.
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