BUSTED: Vince McMahon Never Pitched Adam Cole to be a Manager on WWE Main Roster

Published 09/16/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Adam Cole brought immense joy to the AEW Universe when he made his AEW debut at All Out 2021. It was one of the best moments of the PPV.

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However, prior to joining AEW, there were talks about Cole re-signing with WWE. Additionally, WWE apparently had a managerial role for him, but Cole clarified what exactly Vince McMahon pitched to him.

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“I personally have never heard anything regarding that. I touched base a little bit on how my meeting with Vince McMahon went really well. We talked for about 30 minutes. He had a lot of complimentary things to say. As far as hearing that specific thing, that was not something I heard about. My four years with NXT was fantastic. My four years with WWE was awesome, but at the end of the day, I wanted to end up with AEW. Now that I’m here, I’m stoked.” H/t TV Insider

Even though Cole did not become a manager at WWE, he still was an important part of the company. His contributions to NXT have significantly helped in moving the brand forward.

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Adam Cole and Tony Khan worked hard to make a successful debut

Tony Khan wanted to keep Cole’s debut the ultimate secret. Therefore, Cole wasn’t even in Chicago the night before AEW All Out. He went to another city, stayed at a different hotel from Daniel Bryan’s, and hid his face as much as possible.

Both Bryan and Cole appeared in the arena during the show. Even after their arrival, they were waiting in a trailer outside. The pro-wrestlers in the locker room also didn’t know about this until the very last minute.

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Tony Khan wanted to take all possible measures to keep Cole and Bryan’s debut a secret. Even though some speculated that Bryan was debuting at All Out, Adam Cole’s was kept secret the entire time.

The only reports about AEW and Adam Cole prior to his debut were that All Elite Wrestling had sent Cole a contract. This was around the same time when reports emerged about Cole’s extended contract with WWE ended after TakeOver: 36 while his original contract ended at The Great American Bash.

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Currently, he’s back with The Elite on AEW.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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