Adam Cole No Longer With WWE, Free to Sign With AEW

Published 08/30/2021, 10:49 PM EDT


Former WWE NXT Champion Adam Cole was in a disputed situation. Cole’s WWE contract reportedly expired last Sunday following NXT TakeOver 36.

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After this, there have been innumerable speculations about the future of Cole. While some said Cole would join his former Bullet Club buddies and girlfriend in AEW, some maintained that WWE will retain him.

However, recent news came in via PWInsider. The report confirms that WWE has released Adam Cole, and he was now a free agent, ready to sign with anyone. This further confirms Cole did not have the standard 90-day no-compete clause like others.

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According to the report, WWE officials sent an internal memo via email, revealing the release. There were some negotiations in the contract which Cole did not agree to. WWE considered his release from August 24.

Now, Cole is free to sign anywhere. There is still a chance with WWE if they offer him a new deal. However, AEW, IMPACT, and every other promotion would come out to get Cole as well. Not to mention AEW World Champion and former Bullet Club member Kenny Omega already hinted at Cole’s AEW debut.

 

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Adam Cole and his achievements in WWE

Cole was a prominent indie wrestler before he came to WWE in 2017. Cole had wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling and was one of the leaders of the infamous Bullet Club at one point. He was the first-ever three-time ROH World Champion.

In 2017, Cole signed with WWE NXT. There he became the leader of the stable ‘Undisputed Era.’ Cole was also the second one to become the NXT Triple Crown Champion.

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He won all the major titles in the black and gold brand. Cole was the inaugural NXT North American Champion, a onetime NXT Tag Team Champion, and is the longest-reigning NXT Champion of all time.

At NXT TakeOver, Cole faced off against his former friend and Undisputed Era member, Kyle O’Reilly, who defeated him. There have been multiple reports of Cole being called up to the main roster. But the idea got scrapped because of the lack of live fans in arenas.

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Where do you think Cole would turn up next? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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