Adam Cole Talks Survivor Series Weekend, NXT’s Continued Growth
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Adam Cole Talks Finding Out About His Survivor Series Title Defense:
I found out about the match at Survivor Series officially when it got announced. For a minute, when I was playing through stuff in my head, I’m thinking as NXT is invading “Raw” and “SmackDown,” maybe I’ll be on Team NXT if they have a “Raw” versus “SmackDown” versus NXT match. And then to see the teams form, (I thought to myself), “OK, maybe I’m not involved in this.” Then hearing some rumblings that maybe I’m defending the championship because the Universal title and the WWE title are on the line. So, finding that out had me even more excited. As much as I would have loved to be on Team NXT and as exciting as that is, the fact that the NXT championship is right there with the Universal title and the WWE title as far as being defended on that show is perfect. And it again solidifies the NXT championship as one of the most prestigious in WWE today. Very, very excited for this.
Adam Cole On Mentally & Physically Preparing For The Weekend:
As far as physically, for me, it’s something that — and I know this sounds like such a generic answer — it’s going to be hard on a weekend like this, but making sure I get as much rest as possible and also doing a lot of stretching and yoga to keep my body warm and loose and the blood flowing. Taking ibuprofen if I need to. Mentally, all I do is remind myself that when I look at this week and I think about how crazy the past few weeks have been and I see how important this week is not only for me but for NXT the brand, it has 9-year-old me so excited that I’m being put in this situation. To be in a high-profile main event on NXT television on USA, then going to War Games with a huge War Games match and then, for the first time ever, defending the NXT championship at Survivor Series, this is why I got into pro wrestling: to be put into situations like this where I can be an important, featured guy. Again, as tough as it’s going to be physically, I have a feeling that I’m going to look back on these past few days and say, “Wow, I’m really proud of that.” That’s kind of my mindset going in.
So, for me, especially with something like this, based on how physically demanding the week is going to be, I absolutely have that big-picture mentality. I’m thinking, again, even before the ladder match, I’m thinking about War Games, I’m thinking about defending the title at Survivor Series. I’m able to think about all three, now the two, left. Definitely, to me, reminding myself of how important the week is and how I’ll look back on it as hopefully something very special. I use that as complete motivation. I don’t have nerves about it. I’m not like, “Oh, god, I hope it goes well.” I’m going in with a ton of confidence, feeling ready to go, feeling ready to be put in this spot. Again, it really helps me prepare and get as ready for this as possible.
Adam Cole On NXT’s Growth Throughout 2019:
I truly think, and NXT has done a lot of cool things, all the TakeOver events that have been really special, NXT finally moving to live on the USA Network, but I personally feel like with these past few weeks and leading up to this event, this is the biggest moment in NXT’s history. We’re right there alongside “Raw,” right there alongside “SmackDown,” and getting to go every week for these past few weeks to “Raw” and “SmackDown,” the vibe and the energy in the building, even at NXT, is different. People are so excited at all these possibilities and all these different matches which, in turn, has just raised NXT’s stock in a lot of people’s minds. Again, I’ve said this before, I’m incredibly proud of what NXT does and what we bring to the table. So to have all of these potential new fans getting to see us and watch us compete against “Raw” and “SmackDown” guys, it’s been great. It really is, to me, the most important weekend in NXT’s history.
Adam Cole will defend the NXT Championship for the first time on WWE pay-per-view at Survivor Series.