For weeks we wondered if Adam Cole had made up his mind to renew his contract with WWE after the deadline on August 27, when the man officially became a free agent. Also because at the beginning of August Fightful Select had reported to us that Vince McMahon wanted so much to bring the former leader of Undisputed Era to the roster of Raw or SmackDown.
But Adam had said verbatim: "There is still a lot to do (at NXT). I find it flattering that there are people who want to see Adam Cole on Raw or SmackDown, really a lot." But then we saw that he decided not to renew with the company, but to go directly to AEW, returning with his Elite friends and starting this journey on the road with his company Britt Baker.
Adam Cole made his big AEW debut at the All Out PPV
Ringside News exclusively reported that WWE planned to bring Adam Cole to the main roster with the intent of getting him to play the role of manager heel, news that has virtually been confirmed.
According to what Dave Meltzer confirmed in his Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE really wanted to assign this job to Cole and also gave us an extra detail: his protege had to be Keith Lee. These are the words of Meltzer: "They would have brought on Adam Cole, made Keith Lee become a heel and they would have made Adam Cole become his manager."
It was also pointed out that there would probably be a name change for him, just not to confuse him with Michael Cole. Basically, the idea was to recreate the couple Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, with Adam who we know does not exactly have an important physique, so he would have in a sense been protected by Keith Lee who is much more imposing and threatening than him.
Obviously, Adam Cole didn't like the idea and he preferred to go to AEW where he can fight freely. Adam Cole will go down in WWE history as one of the greatest superstars to ever grace the NXT ring. He is a former NXT Champion and the leader of the Undisputed Era.
The four-man stable feuded with a long list of babyfaces throughout its run on NXT. If Dave Meltzer's report is true, Adam Cole's departure isn't surprising. Cole is currently among friends and his fans are beyond excited to see him compete with AEW's top talent in the coming months.