In an exclusive interview with PWMania.com, ROH star Adam Cole discussed what it was like during his tryout with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2013, learning from Matt Hardy and so much more.
Here are some of the highlights:
You tried out at a WWE camp in 2013. Can you describe the atmosphere there?
It’s very military style, as it should be. Everyone there is respectful and you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing in there. There’s 3 different rings and you’re doing a lot of different workout drills to keep you going and making sure you’re in shape and making sure you want it. If you want to be a part of the WWE, you’re going to show it. It’s grueling, but it’s a great time and forces you to face challenges.
Do you ever hope to make it back there at some point in your career?
Certainly someday. Someone who says they don’t want to have a Wrestlemania moment is kidding themselves. But also, I am 100 percent focused on making ROH as big as possible and I am also trying to develop a great relationship with NJPW. The independents have done so much for me, so I have to do everything I can to give back. It’s a great job.
How has working for Matt Hardy helped your career?
Matt Hardy came into ROH with open arms. Matt came into ROH ready to learn. He said “Hey guys, I’m here to help you as much as I can.” Plus he knows that ROH and WWE’s styles are different, so he brings a different perspective to the locker room. Wrestling’s in his blood. He was so helpful in guiding me as a villain and presenting myself a certain way. I can’t say enough good things about Matt Hardy.
AJ Styles is currently in his mid to late 30s. Do you think, at his age, that he still brings something to Ring of Honor?
Absolutely. And that actually reminds me of the way ECW guys used to joke about how Jerry Lynn never aged. Watching AJ do the things he does, I think the same could be said about him. He’s just as good as he was 10 years ago. I’m sure his body’s a little beat up, but he’s still a huge asset to Ring of Honor.
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Adam Cole is the total package: He’s skillful in the ring, terrific on the mic and a good-looking young man. WWE would be wise to scoop him up.