Current Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion Adam Cole recently spoke with ESPN.com about his career. Cole started with ROH in 2009 and worked in dark matches for the company for a year and a half. Cole said that every time he would come back through the curtain, ROH agents would tell him good job and keep it up but after so many times of that Cole felt like “OK, what do I have to do differently to kind of stand out more?.”
Cole credited Jim Cornette for giving him the opportunity to shine on the microphone. Cole recalled Adam Pearce, who was the ROH booker at the time, telling him that he had a promo in the ring early in his career.
“Jim Cornette happened to be paying attention to the promo, and the rest was history. From there on out, they saw something in me that they had not been seeing while I was wrestling, and that kind of gave me the opportunity to shine, and to get a real chance with ROH,” Cole said.
In late 2014, Cole was sidelined with serious injuries (shoulder, tricep, and elbow) that put him on the shelf for months. Cole said that it was very hard to walk away from wrestling during that time as wrestling means so much to him. “My grandmother passed away while I was out injured, and while I normally would have just focused on wrestling, I just sat at home and really had to deal with that.”
When asked about his goals, Cole said that when he won the ROH World Title for the second time, he was excited for a minute but was already thinking how he can win the title for the third time or what’s the next mountain he has to climb. Cole admitted that he doesn’t ever want to become content with his position in the company.
You can read the entire interview here.