Adam Cole appeared on Renee Paquette’s “Oral Sessions” podcast to talk about his move to AEW, his decision to leave WWE, his UpUpDownDown relationship with DaParty, what the meaning of “Chuggs” is, his romance with Britt Baker and more.
Here are some highlights:
Cole explaining his decision to go to AEW:
“I feel like I’m on top of the world. These past few weeks have just been the best. Anyone who knows me, I’ve been very open about watching AEW since it started and following it closely, and seeing the fans, seeing the locker room, and seeing how happy everybody is, that was really an eye opening thing for me as far as my decision, and how easy it was. There were many people who I had known while they were elsewhere or doing other things, and then seeing these people in AEW, seeing how much fun they were having, and seeing how happy they were. I was like, ‘Oh my God. That’s really, really awesome.’
I don’t know if I ever really jumped into this, but I’ll never forget, it was a couple of days before All Out where I was still kind of making my decision. It had gotten to a point where we were getting pretty close. Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty sure from the gate that AEW was where I wanted to go, but it was still, like, 9-year old me fell in love with pro wrestling because of WWE. It was like, ‘Oh, what do I do?.’ I remember it was like one in the morning. Britt was fast asleep right beside me. I’m laying there awake. I’m a night owl, so I’m normally up much later than she is, and get up much later than she does. I was laying there, my eyes were shut, and I was just thinking about showing up in AEW. I got that giddy 9-year old feeling thinking about it. So, I was like, ‘That’s it.’ I’ve always followed my gut, and I’ve always followed my heart. The idea of coming here made me so excited and made me feel like a kid again. These past few weeks have been proof that I made the right call. I could not be more excited right now. I’m so pumped.”
Cole talked about his time in NXT and the relationship he has with Hunter and Shawn Michaels:
“My relationship with him, and my relationship with Shawn Michaels is so positive, to this day, positive. I formed a bond with Hunter and with Shawn that I would like to think, and they have made it very apparent to me as well, that it’s a relationship that we are always going to keep because I love working with those guys. He knew what my goals were and the things that I wanted to accomplish. I think a big reason I loved NXT so much was, again, we had that freedom and that ability to wrestle super cool, longer matches, and get to show ourselves off artistically in that sense. NXT was kind of built on that mentality.
I got in at the perfect time, at least for what I love about pro wrestling. He understood that I wanted to continue doing stuff like that. He knew that my Twitch was super important to me, and I know that’s a big no-no in WWE, which is unfortunate. I was very open and very honest with him to the point where when I was still thinking about what I was going to do even when my contract was up, he knew that. When the decision was made, he knew that, and Shawn knew that. I’ve always been open and honest with them right out of the gate because they’ve always been open and honest with me. I love Hunter. I love Shawn. They have been nothing but incredible to me. They made me better as a performer. I don’t think I would be where I’m at in AEW right now if it wasn’t for those two. I really do mean that, seriously. When I think about the performer I was in Ring of Honor, as much as I learned, and as many great people that I got to work with, getting that four years with them is priceless. It’s absolutely priceless.”
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) September 23, 2021