Cole and McAfee got into a heated exchange on the July 23 episode of McAfee's show with Cole dropping F-bombs and shoving McAfee's co-host. On Monday morning, Cole issued an apology, which you can read by clicking here.
Triple H commented on the incident saying, "I like both of you guys, you're both good guys and very passionate. To me, this is all a misunderstanding. You guys have had a relationship for a while, positively and then becoming negative. It started from a place of you participating in [NXT] shows and you've had interactions from the showbiz side. Sometimes, those lines get blurred and you guys had a relationship that became somewhat more contentious behind the scenes. It was a budding irritation that was interesting for people."
Triple H revealed Cole told him and to say he was going to be on the show and that he hoped it went well.
"I apologize for Adam coming on your show. He is the nicest guy in the world. He comes on your show, there's an interaction where I believe Adam is being a little overly sensitive and you being Pat McAfee, a professional button pusher. You needle people for a living. I didn't ask him to put out an apology or do anything. He's a grown man responsible for his own actions," he said.
When asked if Cole had been fined by Triple H, the NXT founder would not discuss that matter, calling it a private issue between him and Cole.
"Being refreshingly honest, comes with great power [Laughs]. It can hit people wrong. To me, this is two guys -- I'm sure you've had this on your teams, the guy you don't get along with and the guy you almost come to blows with becomes the guy you're closest to. I think that's what this is. At some point, sooner than later, you guys should get together, sit in the same room, be honest with each other, and have that conversation," said Triple H on squashing the beef between Cole and McAfee.
Triple H went on to invite McAfee to Florida to discuss things with Cole.
McAfee has appeared on NXT programming in the past, most notably as a pre-show analyst. His rivalry with Cole dates back to 2018 when he interfered in a match between Cole and Aleister Black at a live event.
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