In a fascinating turn of events following a significant hiatus, wrestling superstar Adam Cole returned to the AEW ring this year after weathering multiple concussions in 2022. His comeback, however, was not in the villainous heel persona he was known for but rather as a fan-favorite, or babyface — a novelty for Cole in the AEW narrative.
In an intriguing dialogue on "The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy," Cole unfolded his sentiments about the persona shift and his adaptability in this new role. "Thrilling," Cole started, conveying his sentiment about his ongoing transformation into a babyface.
He spoke of how his comfort level increased progressively week after week. However, he was quick to add that the new role initially posed a daunting challenge, primarily because he had spent a significant part of his career – almost a decade – being portrayed as a heel.
He reminisced about his early days in this new role, when he found himself grappling with the dilemma of how drastically he needed to alter his identity, his promotional style, and his match tactics.
Cole and MJF's Unfolding Storyline
Cole's current storyline finds him pitted against the AEW World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF), and they are poised to join forces in the forthcoming Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament.
When asked about the ongoing narrative involving him and MJF, Cole was full of appreciation for their compelling chemistry. His words echoed admiration for MJF's vehement and forthright style, saying, "It's been incredible, given his intensity and direct approach." He further added, it forced him to alter only minimal aspects of his character.
"As time progresses, it's turning out to be an exhilarating experience. I'm truly relishing this fresh chapter and challenge in my career, and I have a hunch that the audience feels the same," Cole expressed, exuding enthusiasm for his face turn in AEW.
In this evolving landscape of AEW, Cole's face turn has introduced an exciting dynamic to his character, and from his perspective, it's clear that he is enjoying every bit of this new challenge.