In a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, All Elite Wrestling superstar Adam Cole discussed several topics, including his relationship with AEW President Tony Khan, the difference in working for AEW over WWE NXT and much more.
Highlights of the interview are below:
On his relationship with Tony Khan: “I got to know Tony a little bit, even before I started working for AEW when I would go to the New Year’s Eve parties, or I would go and watch Britt, I got to meet and talk with everyone and I got to meet Tony as well, so he was always a very friendly, very nice guy, but since working with him, I feel like at any time of the night, at any point in the day, I could shoot him a text or give him a call. Even if he can’t get back to me immediately, because he’s a very busy guy, I know he will make time and get back to me. His passion for pro wrestling is so contagious that you can’t help but get excited, whether it’s getting ready to do something or just ping-ponging ideas back and forth, he’s very open to a bunch of different ideas. At the end of the day, he’s someone that loves pro wrestling with his entire heart and soul.”
On the difference in working for AEW over WWE NXT: “Personally, the biggest thing by far is the fact that I get to travel and spend more time with Britt. There was a minute there where I felt like I was maybe seeing her once every week and a half just because our schedules were so different. Now, to go from barely seeing each other and face-timing for a couple of minutes after a match to let me know that she’s okay to actually being able to be behind the curtain and give her a hug and talk to her right away and to be able to travel with her has been amazing, so personally, that’s been fantastic. Creatively, I’d say by far the biggest difference is NXT had a very hands-on approach which is wonderful, it’s a great learning experience. When you look at guys like Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who have an exact vision of where they wanted to go, how they wanted the promos to sound ad what they wanted us to say and then, as time went on, I got more freedom you could call it, whether it be with promos and matches, because they started to trust me. With AEW, from the beginning, no one has ever handed me a script for a promo, no one has ever told me directly how they want my match to go, you get that creative process and that freedom to do as you please, especially if you’re someone who’s trusted. Fortunately with AEW from the beginning, I’ve been trusted, so I’d say they definitely give you a lot more stuff to play with and use your own creative process to go about things that you want to.”
The full interview is available at this link.