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Adam Cole on why it bothers him that WWE NXT is called ‘developmental’

WWE NXT star Adam Cole is the guest on this week’s “After The Bell” podcast with Corey Graves. Cole talked about the break up of The Undisputed Era, his rivalry with Kyle O’Reilly, Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, and more.

Here are some highlights:

Cole was asked what it’s like now to be wrestling on his own and not part of a group:

“It’s actually invigorating. When I look back on everything that me and The Undisputed Era did together, I do look back fondly on it.  To be able to come into a place like WWE, where your anxiety, and the pressure that you put on yourself is at an all time high, to be able to share that with people who I, at one point, considered brothers, and people who I was very close with, traveled the road up and down with for 10+ years, again, I’ve know Kyle since 2009.  I was in his wedding.  I’ve known him for a really long time, so to be able to share that with them was really cool.  But truth be told, it was really exciting to go, ‘Ok, I got to go do this on my own now.  I have to make an impact and make an impression on my own.’  So far, it’s been really cool.  It’s been really exciting.”

Cole has said before that NXT has the best roster of any brand. He was asked if it bothers him when he hears the word, “developmental”

“It bothers me a lot, to some extent though. I always try to be a glass half-full guy in a lot of ways. Of course, there is an aspect to NXT, or The Performance Center, where of course, there is developmental. There are people who get hired with wrestling experience, with no wrestling experience, and it’s the process of hopefully getting to that point where they end up on NXT Television. But to say the roster of the guys who are on NXT every single week, as far as developmental goes, I really do believe that we are on the same level as the guys on RAW and the guys on SmackDown.

The process of development though is something that happens all the time. I’ve been wrestling for over 13 years, and I’m constantly developing. I don’t ever want to get out of developmental. It’s so cool for me to be around guys like Shawn Michaels, HHH, or Matt Bloom, whom they themselves are open to admitting that they’re still learning. If those guys are open about learning, we definitely better be open to it. I’ve always kept that mentality. I’ve always kept that thought process. If I’m not getting better every single year, every single match, then I have to get out of it. I’m proudly developing in that sense.”

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