Vince McMahon’s Original Plan for Adam Cole on the WWE Main Roster Will Shock You

Published 09/09/2021, 10:48 AM EDT


Even though Adam Cole moved to AEW, WWE had plans for him. Unfortunately, those were plans which probably never would have appealed to Cole.

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According to reports, WWE wanted to move Cole to the main roster. However, the idea was to change his name, make him Keith Lee’s manager, and then work their way from that point.

In fact, the primary idea was to make him the smaller guy behind the bigger guy. Of course, this wouldn’t sit well with him.

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Finally, this idea did not come from the creative team. It apparently came from Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard.

The reports also claim Cole knew about this idea. Could it be why he decided not to work with WWE anymore?

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Adam Cole did not serve the non-compete clause

According to his contract, Adam Cole did not have a non-compete clause. His original contract ended after The Great American Bash. However, he signed an extended contract that led up till TakeOver: 36.

He needed the time to decide if he wanted to sign a new contract with WWE. In the meantime, AEW had already sent him a contract.

Moreover, another deal breaker between Cole and WWE could be that Cole did not want to give up his Twitch platform account.

According to WWE policy, no main roster superstar can have a third party account without sharing profits. As a result, most Superstars gave up their Twitch account. Cole could still be on Twitch because WWE NXT Superstars did not have to abide by this policy.

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Now, since he did not have a non-compete clause, he could immediately start working with AEW. He made his AEW debut at All Out 2021 after the main event was over.

Coming to his AEW debut, it was a gigantic success. The entire AEW Universe was popping with excitement. Not just the ones who were present at the arena, but even the ones who were watching on television away from the arena. Apart from Cole, Ruby Soho a.k.a. Ruby Riott and Daniel Bryan made their AEW debut at All Out 2021 too.

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Cole will face Frankie Kazarian in his first match for Tony Khan’s promotion next week.

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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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