Former NXT champion Adam Cole was a recent guest on WWE’s The Bump to hype up Takeover XXX, where the Undisputed Era leader will be taking on popular podcast host and former NFL punter Pat McAfee. Highlights are below.
Says he’s sick of people like Pat McAfee:
I think it was a compilation of different things at one time. For example, I’m very aware of what my issue is with Pat. It’s just this idea and attitude where people think they can say whatever they want to say online to whoever they want to say it to. That type of mindset drives me nuts. So, to see Pat, knowing he could poke the bear and think that Adam is not going to do anything or saying anything, I’m sick of that mentality. I’m tired of people who think that they can run their mouths. I’m not going to put up with it anymore.
Says McAfee hasn’t done anything to deserve this spotlight:
He, 1000 percent started this whole thing. I remember being annoyed with him that day. For a guy who is a fan of wrestling, supposedly a fan of NXT, he was walking around [there] very comfortable, like he owned the place. He hasn’t done anything to deserve that spotlight. Pat picked a fight with the wrong guy. Trust me.
Comments on McAfee joining NXT in their invasion of SmackDown at last year’s Survivor Series:
In the moment, I didn’t even really realize it. I had just beaten Daniel Bryan – a guy I’ve idolized, and one of the greatest to do it – on my debut on SmackDown. That whole day was insane,” he began. “So, in that moment, I didn’t think about Pat being in there. About a week later, I remember watching that closing moment, and I remember seeing Pat in that ring and it made me sick to my stomach. Once again, here’s a guy that has done absolutely nothing to help the growth, advancement, or the invasion of NXT leading up to that invasion. And there he is standing in there like he belongs. He’s standing in there like he owns the frickin’ ring – it’s disgusting. He doesn’t belong.
Calls NXT the best brand in pro wrestling:
I’m always taking it seriously. I’m taking this match seriously for a totally different reason, and I know I’ve touched on this previously, but it has to do with respect. The amount of respect I have for NXT is unparalleled. The amount of talent that we have on this roster is the most talented men and women in the entire world. I think NXT is the best brand in pro wrestling. So, I’m taking this one seriously to let Pat McAfee know that he is way in over his head. Like, he can think in his mind that he’s ready to compete at TakeOver, but he’s not ready. I’ve got to teach this a guy a lesson.
Full episode of The Bump can be found below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)