When Tommaso Ciampa suffered his neck injury, the NXT Championship picture was left with a void.
That void was filled by Adam Cole who won a Fatal 5-Way Match to earn the right to face Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: New York in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match to determine a new champion.
In a new interview with ESPN, Adam Cole discusses why he is more than a back-up plan for NXT and what this matchup means for him. Below are some highlights:
Adam Cole on the depth of the NXT Roster:
“That, to me, is one of the things that I’m most proud of with this brand. I feel like there’s a core group of guys, where you can put [them] in the opening match on the card, you can put them somewhere in the middle or you can put them in the main event. A lot of guys are incredibly interchangeable, and I mean that as a compliment, because this roster is just so stacked. It’s the most stacked we’ve ever been.
It’s incredible how much talent NXT currently has, and that’s only continuing to grow as more and more guys are finding themselves or ending up here. No matter what situation you’re put in, you always get exciting, interesting, compelling main-event matches. It’s definitely made me better in every way, because when you’re in situations where you’re competing against guys at the level of the talent on the NXT roster, you can’t help but improve. We all bring the absolute best out of one another, and I think that’s a big reason TakeOver shows are so successful, [and] NXT as a brand as a whole is so successful, because the audience sees that.”
Adam Cole offers final words before TakeOver:
“For us to get the chance on literally the biggest TakeOver that we’ve ever had, I can promise you won’t be disappointed. I know the fans who have followed our careers know they’re in for something special. For people who haven’t, I could promise you it will be. It will probably be the toughest, most exciting [and] the best match of my entire career. I’m ready to show that to the world in New York.”
To read the full interview, click here.