Dave Meltzer initially reported on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that AEW has offered NXT Star Adam Cole a deal and that Adam Cole is also negotiating a new contract with NXT. The report also states that Cole has not yet accepted either offer as of a few days ago and since the NXT Star’s contract with the WWE is set to expire soon, fans have been speculating whether or not he will stay with NXT or sign with AEW as Cole has a number of friends in the rival promotion and Adam Cole’s girlfriend, Britt Baker, is the current AEW Women’s World Champion.
An update would then be provided by Dave Meltzer himself that AEW President and CEO Tony Khan has not made an offer to Adam Cole as Khan denied those rumors and the initial report was incorrect. It would also be mentioned by Bryan Alvarez that Tony Khan has indeed not made an offer to Adam Cole and there were a lot of stories going around that Adam Cole has verbally agreed to a new WWE deal and he was in the middle of negotiations with the WWE, but none of these claims are true.
Alvarez also said that at the moment nothing has changed with Adam Cole as his contract will not come to an end for another two weeks or so, which is why when the time comes, he will definitely have some sort of a negotiation talks with WWE and if that doesn’t happen, then maybe he will go to AEW, but it is not a foregone conclusion that Cole will go to AEEW, so we will just have to wait and see.
This is what Bryan Alvarez said:
“I guess there was a story that got out last night that Adam Cole had been made an offer by Tony Khan. There was another story from a day or two ago that Adam Cole had verbally agreed to a new deal from WWE. There was another story that he was in the middle of negotiations or whatever. Listen, Adam Cole is a very very well-liked guy. I got a bunch of messages this morning from a bunch of people that were very upset about things that had been reported on the internet, that are very close to Adam Cole on both sides.”
“You can make of this what you will but this is what I was told – A few days ago a story came out that Adam Cole’s deal had expired in early July and he had verbally agreed to stay through SummerSlam. Message after message this morning essentially just saying I don’t know where all of these stories are coming from but nothing has changed with Adam Cole. Adam Cole has not been made an offer by Tony Khan. Adam Cole is at the moment, not in negotiations with WWE. He could be at any time, he could be today for all I know. But there are two weeks until SummerSlam and as of today, from both sides, I was told that nothing has changed. There are two weeks before his deal is up. He has two weeks to negotiate with WWE. I don’t know what they are gonna offer him. He’s going to make a decision based on that. If he does not come to an agreement by the time SummerSlam is over, he will then begin negotiating with AEW. I’ve said it before, I know people think it’s a foregone conclusion that he is going to go to AEW but I am here to tell you that I do not think it is a foregone conclusion that he is going to go to AEW. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. At the end of the day and the best of my knowledge from people on both sides, there is nothing new on Adam Cole since the last time we had a report on Adam Cole, which was like a week ago. So we wait and see.”
There is no word yet on where Adam Cole will end up, but updates will be provided once it’s been made available. Adam Cole was reportedly backstage at last night’s SmackDown episode as the NXT Star had a high-level meeting with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
You can check out Dave Meltzer’s tweet below:
Tony Khan said it is incorrect and he has not made an offer to Adam Cole.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 6, 2021