Adam Cole has spoken about the moment he decided whether to re-sign with WWE or join AEW.
Cole made his AEW debut on September 5th following the main event of All Out, where Kenny Omega retained the AEW Championship against Christian Cage. After making his entrance, Cole joined his longtime friends Omega and the Young Bucks in attacking Cage and Jurassic Express.
Speaking on the ‘Talk is Jericho‘ podcast, Cole told host Chris Jericho that he had signed a short contract extension near the end of his time in WWE so that he could finish his long-running feud with Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 36.
“So they talked to me a few days prior about my contract expiring. Like it was literally 4 days before my deal was up. They asked me if I would be interested in signing an extension, which to me was a no-brainer, because I was in the middle of a feud with Kyle O’Reilly. He is one of my best friends, so at the very least I will finish that with him. Just crazy.”
He went on to explain his choice to join AEW, noting that the prospect of signing with the promotion made him feel “like a 9-year-old kid,” and that it was something he had to do.
“But as far as deciding where I wanted to go, it’s kind of a boring story. It was 1 am, Britt is asleep and I am laying in the dark thinking of the pros and cons between WWE and AEW. When I started thinking about going to AEW, I felt like a 9-year-old kid. I had butterflies in my stomach, I am so excited and so jazzed up. I’m 32, if this isn’t the world telling me that’s what I’m supposed to do, that is what I am supposed to do. It was me, by myself, no music, no movie. I’m in the dark, by myself going I have to go to AEW.”
H/T to Inside The Ropes for the above transcription.