Ahead of his AEW in-ring debut on this week's Dynamite against "The Elite Hunter" Frankie Kazarian, Adam Cole spoke with Sports Illustrated for an interview.
During the discussion with the popular sports media outlet, the AEW star and member of The Elite spoke about his upcoming match, his debut with the promotion at All Out being kept a secret and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On how he kept his AEW debut a secret: “I didn’t even fly into Chicago [the site of All Out], I flew into a different city the day before,” Cole says, noting that he was thrilled to wear his mask to help hide his appearance on the flight. “I didn’t even stay in the same hotel as Bryan. We showed up to the building while the show was going on, and we waited outside in a trailer. The locker room didn’t even know until the absolute last moment. It was the most secretive debut I’ve ever been involved in, and Tony Khan took every measure to make this as big of a surprise as possible.”
On wrestling Frankie Kazarian on Dynamite: “I’ve known Frankie for a really long time, and he’s someone that is very good,” Cole says. “Somehow, he’s still underrated. But this is my debut match in AEW, so regardless of how great I think he is, I am going to teach him a lesson and let him know why I’m the one in charge here now. I’m excited to start my prime years in AEW, and it’s my time to show the best wrestling roster in the world—and the best wrestling fans in the world—how good I really am.”
Check out the complete interview at SI.com.
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