Former NXT North American Champion Adam Cole [Bay Bay] was a guest on E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness. Among many other things, Cole talked about people not believing he is a professional wrestler due to his smallish stature, how he has been enjoying his ongoing NXT run, whether working with WWE was always his goal, and who he would like to work with in NXT.
Apparently, due to Cole's size, when he tells people he is with WWE, they assume he works in the office.
"Because of me and my size I often get asked if I work in the office." Cole admitted, "I'll get asked that. Uh huh. Oh my God, every time... it's unbelievable! Right. The people who are the worst are the TSA agents, so when I traveled with the NXT North American Championship, that often times is when I would get the... they would take the championship out, and look at it, and say, 'what's this?' I'd say, 'oh, it's a championship belt.' And they'd say, 'for what?' And I'd say, 'for wrestling.' And they would look at the belt, look at me, look back at the belt with just the most interesting look on their faces. Like, 'guy, I'm right here! I'm right here, man.' There is nothing that makes me more falsely arrogant, like, wanting to defend myself, than a TSA agent. Like, automatically, I'm like, 'I may be small, but I'm really good. Like, that championship says it right there.'"
During the interview, Cole said he has been with NXT for over a year now and he is happy with how things are going.
"At this point, now, I've been with NXT a little bit over a year, so I'm really starting to adjust to everything, and, at the same time, appreciating the process even more, so stuff is going great." Cole continued, "stuff is going really, really well. I'm happy with everything that I've got going on right now. It's a fun time. The coolest thing for me is to see... I've only been with NXT for a little over a year, but to see the progression within the brand, even since I've been here, whether that be attendance at live events or even the general energy from the audience, it has been drastically improved, so that has been really, really sweet to see."
According to Cole, WWE was always the "endgame" in his pro wrestling odyssey. Notably, 'The Panama City Playboy' claimed that it was a good time to go to WWE, though he always wanted to go to NXT before making his way to WWE's main roster.
"Yeah, so obviously breaking into [pro] wrestling, my goal always was I someday want to work for WWE." Cole acknowledged, "I grew up a giant fan. And then, obviously, when I broke into wrestling, I fell in love with pro wrestling as a whole and the idea of being a pro wrestler and working for all these promotions around the world that I was watching was so exciting. I loved my time on the independents. I loved my time overseas in Japan. But, still, the endgame for sure was ending up at WWE. I felt like, at the time, it was a good time for me to go because I was fairly popular and kind of hitting a stride in Ring Of Honor and even a little bit in New Japan [Pro-Wrestling], so I thought, 'okay, this was a really good chance.' I had known that there was some interest there, so finally when my contract expired, I talked to them and we came to an agreement where, okay, I was going to start in NXT and I was thrilled, mainly because I remember that people had asked before, as far as, 'would you want to go to NXT or would you want to go to RAW or SmackDown?' And I've always said that I always wanted to go to NXT first just because I'm such a fan of this brand. I love the audience. I love the connection the audience has with the guys. I love the stories that are told. And I felt like my connection to the WWE audience for the first time will be best utilized probably as far as NXT goes. And I know, obviously, they felt the same way. So getting the chance to finally work here has been cool."
When asked with whom he would like to work in NXT, Cole named Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, and WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunn.
"Oh man, like [Edge] said, the list of this roster currently is so stacked! But I look at guys like Johnny Gargano, who I've never really gotten the chance to go toe-to-toe with in NXT. I look at a guy like Velveteen Dream who has only been wrestling for a couple of years and he's just filled with charisma, filled with talent. Tommaso Ciampa, I've barely gotten to wrestle here in NXT. Pete Dunn, I feel like I've just scratched the surface with. There are just so many guys who I may have interacted with for a brief time, but as far as getting a chance to get in there and wrestle with and having a program with these guys, the list goes on and on."
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