Here are some highlights:
Adam Cole talking about his entrance music hitting #1 on the metal charts on iTunes after his debut:
“It’s unbelievable how well Mikey Rukus was able to capture the vision of the song that I imagined. I remember talking to him early on. I said, ‘Here’s some ideas that I have.’ Not only did he make it an incredible song, but he exceeded my expectations in every way. I had never in a million years expected the song to go as huge as it did. I know people like us who love pro wrestling, and the wrestling fans who love it as well, for it to capture and grab that many people where they’re playing it at sporting events, for it to hit #1 on the metal charts on iTunes, with some names like Metallica, it’s crazy. Absolutely crazy. So, shout out to Mikey Rukus who nailed the song in every single way.”
Cole said his debut for AEW was his favorite night of his career:
“I was incredibly nervous and also very excited. Fortunately for me, I had the chance to meet and talk with a bunch of the crew at AEW prior to that because obviously my girlfriend, Britt Baker, works there. So before getting the chance to talk to a lot of people, I knew that the locker room and the crew that works there were incredibly welcoming and incredibly nice. So I wasn’t worried about working with the new crew.
The transition from being so used to and so accustomed to working at one place, and that one place being WWE, and then moving over to AEW, of course change is always an exciting and nerve racking time lots of times, especially all things considered with it being a massive surprise. Fortunately, I was in the news a fair amount at that point because people didn’t know what I was going to do. I had a moment where I was like, I really hope these people are excited. I hope they care. I hope they’re jazzed up, especially considering a lot of people were expecting Bryan Danielson there. I’m thinking, ok, everyone is hoping for Bryan Danielson. Hopefully when I come out, they’ll be excited and not like, ‘Oh, we were really hoping for Bryan.’
Of course, they end up getting both at the end of the night. I remember when the lights went out and I was waiting for the music to hit, my legs were physically shaking with excitement. I had so much adrenaline going through my body. I was like, this is going to be such a cool moment. I hope that reaction is there. I think that was my favorite night of my wrestling career. Very rarely do you get a chance to be a surprise. Some of my favorite pro wrestling moments were surprise returns and things like that. To be involved with something like that on such a big night for AEW, I’ll never forget it.”
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