By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
New NXT Champion Adam Cole spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News and spoke about his long history with Johnny Gargano. “I’m glad you brought that up because I’m not sure if everybody knows, but like you said, me and Johnny go back as far as a decade,” Cole said. “We’ve competed and wrestled against each other literally all across the globe, all across the United States and he was a guy that always, any time me and him competed against one another, we always brought out the best in each other or people used to always say that.
“I know I felt that way and I know Johnny feels that way. To get the chance to do it in NXT on such big stages like Takeover and showing the world what Adam Cole versus Johnny Gargano is all about has been really cool. Again, just considering the fact that the chemistry that myself and Johnny have has only gotten better and has only gotten cooler and getting to show a whole new group of fans again what Adam Cole versus Johnny Gargano is all about. Then when you put something like the NXT Championship on the line, you’re on such a big stage like Takeover, it brings the best out of us even more. He’s definitely a guy I’m going to do a lot of battles with in the future.”
Cole also spoke about the passion of the NXT fans. “The relationship I feel between the NXT superstars and the NXT fans is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before,” said Cole. “These fans want us to succeed. They want the shows to be exciting. They want the shows to be awesome, so in turn, they go and have an incredible time and then our job as the NXT superstars is to give them the absolute best show that we possibly can. I think the biggest thing, without question, is the relationship between the wrestler and the fan and that’s why these shows come across as being so special and so memorable.” Read the full story at SportingNews.com.
Powell’s POV: I’m anxious to see where NXT goes next with Cole and Gargano now that Cole is champion. There are plenty of possible directions for the Gargano character, and I guess we can rule out a main roster run given that he was called up briefly until Tommaso Ciampa was forced to undergo neck surgery. Cole also discussed his hope of keeping Undisputed Era together long term, the possibility of defending the NXT Title in Evolve and other promotions, whether Undisputed Era could appear in the 50-man battle royal at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia, and more.
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