WWE NXT's Adam Cole: The Undisputed Era Split 'Kind Of Fell Into Our Laps'
The group split following Cole's attack on Kyle O'Reilly
Adam Cole has admitted the decision to split The Undisputed Era up earlier this year in WWE NXT was a last-minute choice that 'kind of fell into our laps'.
Cole triggered the end of one of NXT's most dominant factions ever at the close of NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, by super-kicking stable-mate Kyle O'Reilly. The former NXT Champion would also attack Roderick Strong on NXT a couple of weeks later, signifying the dissolution of The Undisputed Era.
Cole had been linked with O'Reilly and Bobby Fish since debuting on WWE's black-and-gold brand in 2017, with Strong linking up with them later. The 32-year-old says that there was some conflicting thoughts about ending the group, particularly making such a quick decision, but feels it was the right time with hindsight.
Speaking to Inside The Ropes, Cole said: "It was [a conflicting decision]. I had been literally attached at the hip to Kyle [O’Reilly], Bobby [Fish], and [Roderick Strong] my entire run in NXT. The moment I debuted I was standing beside Kyle and Bobby. Everything I had known about my time in NXT was Undisputed Era. So, it’s scary at the idea of going ‘Okay, we’re going to go in a different direction’.
"Also, it happened so fast. It wasn’t like this thing that we were preparing for. It’s something that kind of fell into our laps and I was like ‘Okay, this is where we’re going’. [There was] very little time to process it, very little time to think about it. But looking at it now, I absolutely think it was the right call.
"It’s never going to feel, especially when you have the chemistry that myself, Kyle, [Roderick], and Bobby had, it’s never going to feel like the perfect time. However, I do think that development wise for all of us individually, it’s been really, really important to kind of go into that direction. I had the time of my life in The Undisputed Era, I really, really did. But I do think it was a good call."
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