After the Undisputed Era exploded and Kyle O’Reilly vanquished Adam Cole and NXT: TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night Two, the former NXT Tag Champion needed to shed his UE persona, and thus ‘Kool Kyle’ came to NXT.
Speaking to WWE’s The Bump, O’Reilly has given his thoughts on the gimmick, saying:
“It’s been awesome. It’s kind of going back into a mentality I had many years ago when I was on my own, as well. It’s kind of fun to be myself again. It really means a lot to have these creative liberties and be a weird and quirky dude again.”
It seems though that this version of O’Reilly is in a state of flux:
“I think this Kyle O’Reilly is still, in a sense, finding himself,” said O’Reilly “The Undisputed Era, we were a band of brothers or four guys who pushed each other and motivated each other and had each other’s backs.
“And now, I don’t necessarily have anyone that I can rely on to watch my back. I think it’s kind of cool to branch out and sort of, not reinvent the wheel, but take a step back and look at what I’m doing objectively and think what’s going to work. Let’s just throw things at the wall and see what comes out of it. I’m very excited that this is an opportunity to just keep growing.”
It’ll be interesting to see how far Kool Kyle can go, but as he has already crossed paths with NXT Champion Karrion Kross, it seems the sky is the limit.
H/T: Wrestling Inc.