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Adam Cole: Bio
Adam Cole arrived in NXT with a stated mission to “shock the system.” The black-and-gold brand hasn’t been the same ever since.
Irreverent, decorated and undeniably a big-match player, Cole was already drawing comparisons to a young Shawn Michaels by the time he made his unannounced NXT debut at TakeOver: Brooklyn III. It was there that The Panama City Playboy emerged from the stands to join Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in attacking then–NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. The NXT Universe’s chorus of “Adam Cole, Bay Bay” made it clear that a new main-event Superstar had arrived, but nobody realized that NXT was also witnessing the formation of what would become its most successful faction: The Undisputed ERA.
With Cole leading the charge, The Undisputed ERA soon expanded to include Roderick Strong, and together, the four-Superstar unit has achieved nothing less than total dominance. Whether through sheer talent, occasional treachery or a wolfpack-like force in numbers, The Undisputed ERA wasted little time trouncing the competition and accumulating a staggering collection of championships.
None more so than Cole, the team leader, who lays claim to being not only the inaugural NXT North American Champion, but also the second NXT Triple Crown Champion, a feat he accomplished by beating Johnny Gargano to win the NXT Championship in an instant-classic at TakeOver: XXV.
Cole’s success, boldness and sharp tongue have earned him plenty of enemies during his time in NXT, leading to memorable rivalries with the likes of Tommaso Ciampa, Aleister Black and NFL pro-turned-Superstar Pat McAfee. But whether he’s competing alone or with his Undisputed ERA brothers by his side, defending a just cause or ruthlessly chasing down his outsize ambitions, Adam Cole is certain to remain a force in sports-entertainment for a long time to come.
And that, boys and girls, is undisputed.