In a recent interview with Dave Meltzer and Garrett Gonzales as part of Wrestling Observer Radio, All Elite Wrestling star Adam Cole discussed several topics, including his recent return, his two head injuries, how that was the most scariest time in his career and more.

Highlights of the interview are below:

On being back on the road at AEW shows: “I feel great. Again, the idea of just being able to be back on the road in some capacity, and kind of just be around AEW has been great for me mentally, but as far as physically, it’s the best I’ve ever felt. I still have a little ways to go until I get to a point where I think that I’m ready to rock and roll, as far as going in the ring and having a 30 or 45 minute match, but as far as how I’m feeling, again compared to even two and a half, three months ago, I feel fantastic, I feel really, really good. Then, like I said, just mentally, to be able to be back at AEW, around the fans, the crew has been huge for me, so I feel good, I feel really good.”

On why he now agrees that the lengthy absence was beneficial for his body: “I was thinking about that a lot, because I did have a fair amount of time and it’s been like six months since I had a match, I was going back and thinking about my career and over the 15-year career that I’ve had, I think the longest amount of time I was ever away from the road in any capacity was like a month, a month and a half. There was a point where I injured my shoulder very early on, and I had to get surgery, but I was still, like a month later, back on the road and still doing stuff and being around wrestling, so being actually away fro that amount of time, I kept trying to focus on all the positives, and one of the things I kept telling myself was, okay this has got to be great for my body, to give myself a second to kind of reboot and heal and I did. I noticed certain things, like I was sleeping better, I felt like as I was training at the gym and stuff, when I got cleared to get back into the gym, I felt better, so yeah, I think it was definitely a plus in that sense of getting the chance to fully recover and make sure that I have years and years of my pro wrestling career left.”

On the timeline for his recovery being so uncertain it became scary: “I think that was definitely the scariest process, aside from the fact that again, any time you get a head injury, it’s always a little bit scary, but for me, the scariest part was after like a month had gone by, the first three weeks to a month, you’re like okay, I’m recovering, I’m just healing, I’m going to be fine, I’m not going to have any side effects, everything will be great. The crazy thing was that after even a month, it was like that’s when real serious side effects started happening, literally everything I said in my return in-ring promo that I did, all of that was true and more, there was a lot of stuff that was happening very late into the healing process, or what I thought was late, like a month and a half, two months, but I was genuinely very, very nervous and really afraid that I might be told that I’m not allowed to wrestle again. For me, I have a tendency lots of times where, when I get bad news, I just assume the worst, I mentally prepare myself to go, okay I’m going to have to deal with this new chapter of my life. Of course, I had the hope and dream of being able to get back in there, but just with all the news I was getting, how I was feeling, I’m like oh my God, I can’t be in a car for more than 15 minutes, and it’s been two months, how am I ever going to get into a wrestling ring again, but fortunately, I’ve said this before too, the doctors that I had around me, AEW by the way was fantastic through this entire process, it was like, I barely had to think, it was like so many things were set up for me that in the middle of all this, where I was seeing doctors like three times a week, they just wanted to make sure I was healthy and feeling okay. I was constantly being checked on, so in that sense, it was wonderful, but again, I did have a genuine fear of, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this, I’m 33 years old and I’m not even close to wanting to be done with wrestling yet, so it was scary.”

The interview is available in full at this link.