Adam Cole was the inaugural NXT North American Champion and the co-winner of the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with O'Reilly; he was also recognized as NXT Tag Team Champion with Fish and O'Reilly, with WWE recognizing him at the time as the first ever double champion in NXT history.
After winning the NXT Championship, Cole became the second NXT Triple Crown Champion (after Johnny Gargano). Cole is also known for his tenure with Ring of Honor (ROH) where he became a three-time ROH World Champion and was the first wrestler to achieve this feat.
In addition, he is a one-time ROH World Television Champion. Cole has also wrestled for several independent promotions, including Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he was a one-time and the longest-reigning CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he was a one-time PWG World Champion, holding the record for the longest reign in the title's history.
He is also known for his time in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) where he was part of the Bullet Club stable. During a long interview with FOX News, Cole commented on Triple H as a leader for NXT: “Triple H as a leader for “NXT” has been invaluable.
The passion that he has, the love that he has for “NXT” is contagious. You know, our entire roster, a big part of the reason that all of us are so passionate about what the brand is, is because of him. He shows up to work every single time in “NXT” just again focused.
So ready to make sure that this show is as awesome as it possibly can be….we couldn’t ask for a better leader”.