67 Facts About Adam Cole


Adam Cole is known for his tenures with WWE and Ring of Honor.


Adam Cole has wrestled for several independent promotions, including Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling, where he is a former CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where he is a former PWG World Champion; he holds the records for longest reigns for both titles.


Adam Cole worked in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he was part of the Bullet Club stable.


From 2017 to 2021, Adam Cole was signed to WWE and performed on their NXT brand.


Adam Cole was the second wrestler to become the NXT Triple Crown Champion, having been the inaugural NXT North American Champion, a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion, and is the longest-reigning NXT Champion of all-time.


Adam Cole's parents separated when he was 10 years old.


Adam Cole became an official student at the Academy on November 14,2007, while he was still a senior in high school.


Adam Cole made his CZW debut at No Pun Intended as Adam Cole on June 21,2008, when he teamed with The Reason in a loss to GNC.


At Walking on Pins and Needles in March 2010, Adam Cole wrestled Sabian to a 15-minute time-limit draw.


Later in 2010, Adam Cole began challenging for the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship and on April 10 at Swinging for the Fences, Adam Cole faced defending champion Sabian in a match that ended in a 20-minute time-limit draw.


On May 8,2010, Adam Cole won the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship by defeating defending champion Sabian and Ruckus in a three-way match at Fist Fight.


At An Excellent Adventure in January 2012, Adam Cole unsuccessfully challenged Devon Moore for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship.


In November 2012, Adam Cole went on to feud with Sami Callihan, claiming that he would always be regarded as a better wrestler than Callihan.


On November 7,2009, Adam Cole defeated VSK to win WXW C4's Hybrid Championship in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Adam Cole lost the championship to Dave Rose on March 6,2010, after a five-month reign.


Adam Cole began competing for the Evolve promotion in 2010, making his debut match for the promotion on May 1 at Evolve 3: Rise Or Fall, he lost to Sami Callihan.


At Evolve 4, Adam Cole defeated Johnny Gargano to improve his record to one win and one loss.


At Evolve 5: Danielson vs Sawa, Adam Cole lost to Jacobs.


Adam Cole appeared at Dragon Gate USA's Open the Freedom Gate pay-per-view taping on November 28,2009, on the pre-show, where he wrestled Kyle O'Reilly in a losing effort.


On July 24,2010, Adam Cole appeared at DGUSA's Enter the Dragon 2010 pay-per-view taping in a four-way match against Chuck Taylor, Arik Cannon, and Ricochet, which was won by Taylor.


Adam Cole defeated Kyle O'Reilly in the quarter-finals, but was eliminated from the semi-final six-man elimination match by Obariyon.


Adam Cole defeated Sami Callihan and Austin Aries en route to the final, where he lost to Tommaso Ciampa.


Adam Cole made his Ring of Honor debut on February 28,2009, when he lost to John Kerman in a dark match at the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings.


At the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings the following night, Adam Cole appeared in a dark match again, teaming with Ninja Brown against John Kerman and Corey Abbott.


Adam Cole appeared again on the July 26,2010, episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, teaming with Nick Westgate in a loss to The Kings of Wrestling.


Adam Cole began to ally himself with fellow ROH newcomer Kyle O'Reilly, with the pair forming a tag team.


On November 12, Adam Cole participated in the 2010 edition of the Survival of the Fittest tournament.


Adam Cole defeated Steve Corino in the first round, but was the second person eliminated from the final, a six-man elimination match.


Adam Cole made his ROH pay-per-view debut on December 18 at Final Battle 2010, where he and O'Reilly were defeated by the All Night Express.


At the January 7,2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Future Shock disbanded and Adam Cole formed a new partnership with Eddie Edwards, opposite Kyle O'Reilly and Davey Richards.


On June 24 at Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis, Adam Cole defeated O'Reilly in a "Hybrid Rules" match.


On June 29,2012, Adam Cole won his first championship in ROH, defeating Roderick Strong to become the ROH World Television Champion in Baltimore, Maryland at a taping of Ring of Honor Wrestling.


On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday, Adam Cole was defeated by Hardy in a non-title match.


At the following iPPV, 11th Anniversary Show on March 2,2013, Adam Cole lost the World Television Championship to Matt Taven, ending his reign at 246 days.


On May 4 at Border Wars 2013, Adam Cole unsuccessfully challenged Jay Briscoe for the ROH World Championship.


On December 14 at Final Battle 2013, Adam Cole successfully defended the ROH World Championship in a three-way match against Briscoe and Elgin, following outside interference from Matt Hardy, with the two later forming a stable alongside Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis and later Matt Taven named The Kingdom.


In May 2014, Adam Cole took part in a tour co-produced by ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, during which he made two more successful title defenses; first against Kevin Steen at Global Wars on May 10 and then against NJPW's Jyushin Thunder Liger at War of the Worlds on May 17.


On June 22 at Best in the World 2014, Adam Cole lost the ROH World Championship to Michael Elgin, ending his reign at 275 days.


On November 8, Adam Cole won the 2014 Survival of the Fittest.


On December 7 at Final Battle 2014, Adam Cole unsuccessfully challenged Jay Briscoe for the ROH World Championship in a Fight Without Honor.


Adam Cole then began having problems with his Kingdom stablemates and started teasing a reunion with his Future Shock tag team partner Kyle O'Reilly.


On May 8,2016, at Global Wars, Adam Cole joined Bullet Club, helping the stable take over the ring in a show-closing angle.


Adam Cole regained the title from O'Reilly on January 4,2017, at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, thus making Adam Cole the first three-time ROH World Champion.


In early 2017, Adam Cole began showing tension with Bullet Club stablemate Kenny Omega with The Young Bucks caught in the middle.


Two days later, Adam Cole was defeated by Scurll in his ROH farewell match, a Philadelphia Street Fight.


Adam Cole made his debut in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on October 22,2011, alongside regular tag team partner O'Reilly as Future Shock, unsuccessfully challenging The Young Bucks for the PWG World Tag Team Championship.


On September 1, Adam Cole entered the 2012 Battle of Los Angeles, now working under his "Panama City Playboy" heel persona.


On January 12,2013, Adam Cole reunited with Kyle O'Reilly to enter the 2013 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament.


Two months later, at PWG's tenth anniversary event, Adam Cole successfully retained his title in a three-way Guerrilla Warfare match against Drake Younger and Kevin Steen.


On January 31,2014, the 426th day of his title reign, Adam Cole became the longest reigning PWG World Champion.


Adam Cole's record-setting reign ended on May 23,2014, when he lost the title to Kyle O'Reilly in a "Knockout or Submission Only" match.


On December 11,2015, Adam Cole made a surprise return to PWG, joining Roderick Strong, Super Dragon and The Young Bucks as the newest member of Mount Rushmore 2.0.


On May 19,2017, Adam Cole had his farewell match in PWG, where he was defeated by Sami Callihan.


At the event, Adam Cole was defeated by Black, despite interference from Fish and O'Reilly.


Adam Cole became the inaugural NXT North American Champion at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on April 7,2018, in a ladder match, and later in the night he won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic as well as defended the NXT Tag Team Championship in a triple threat Winner Take All match with Kyle O'Reilly.


At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, Adam Cole lost the NXT North American Championship to Ricochet, ending his reign at 133 days.


Adam Cole defeated Shane Thorne in the first round and Keith Lee in the quarterfinals before losing to Tyler Bate in the semifinals.


However, at NXT TakeOver: XXV, Adam Cole defeated Gargano in a rematch to win the championship for the first time.


At the event, Adam Cole was unsuccessful in winning the NXT Championship.


On September 5,2021, Adam Cole made his debut for All Elite Wrestling at the promotion's All Out pay-per-view, following the main event match by reuniting with former Bullet Club stablemates Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, as well as joining their stable, The Elite, establishing himself as a heel in the process.


Adam Cole announced himself to be competing in the Owen Hart Cup tournament naming his qualifying opponent as Tomohiro Ishii.


Adam Cole defeated Dax Harwood and Jeff Hardy, to advance to the tournament finals at Double or Nothing.


White and Adam Cole then attacked Page, only for Kazuchika Okada to debut in AEW and save Page.


Adam Cole suffered a severe concussion during the match leading to a short absence from AEW programming.


Adam Cole returned to AEW Rampage on August 3,2022, by making his way to the ring accompanied by The Young Bucks and ReDRagon.


Adam Cole told the audience that he was pleased to be back; while not fully cleared to return to in-ring action, he wanted to celebrate loyalty and address the issue of the upcoming Trios Tournament.


Adam Cole makes appearances in the AEW Games YouTube channel.