Report: Adam Cole Extended WWE Contract To Put Over Kyle O'Reilly At NXT TakeOver 36
Cole's contract with WWE reportedly expired last month
Adam Cole reportedly agreed to a short-term extension to his WWE contract so he could lose to Kyle O'Reilly in their rubber match at NXT TakeOver 36.
Cole's contract with WWE expired after The Great American Bash last month but the former leader of the Undisputed Era reportedly offered to extend his contract until the weekend of SummerSlam 2021.
According to TalkSPORT, Cole's reason for doing this was so he could put over former teammate and close friend O'Reilly in a match at the next NXT TakeOver show on what would be his final contract outing for the company, on Sunday 22 August.
As a part of the discussions regarding the short-term extension to his deal, Cole has been able to negotiate the removal of the non-compete clause that all WWE talent are usually hit with following their departures from WWE.
NXT talent typically have a 30-day non-compete when they leave WWE and Cole's initial deal was due to expire following The Great American Bash on July 6. In agreeing to stay until August 22, Cole has already committed longer to WWE than the non-compete would have kept him out of action.
Of course, it is not impossible that the 32-year-old won't re-sign with WWE and opt to remain with the company, although Cole's links to All Elite Wrestling are clear as well.