Summerslam week provided some big news in the world professional wrestling and one of the stories came into fruition at last night’s NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.
During the close of Takeover Brooklyn III, former three-time Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole (Baybay) made his NXT debut. There were numerous reports that Cole signed with WWE. His contract with Ring of Honor expired in May when during that time he was fired from the Bullet Club.
After Drew McIntyre defeated Bobby Roode to win the NXT championship, the Scottish Dragon was confronted by reDRagon - Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly - when Cole made his way through the crowd.
The ROH alumni put the boots to McIntyre and Cole made a statement when he delivered a signature superkick. When it was said and done, the former ROH titleholder held the NXT championship, making it clear he is after McIntyre’s newly won gold.
The stage is set for Cole to challenge McIntyre and if the rumors are true that Roode is heading to the main roster, it’s unlikely the Glorious one will win back the title. McIntyre and Roode had a good match, but it’s cool to see someone new enter the NXT title picture.
O’Reilly and Fish, who made their NXT debuts in singles action prior to Takeover, appeared earlier in the show to challenge newly crowd NXT tag team champions SAnity.
Cole has spent the last few years building his brand and having great matches New Japan Pro Wrestling, ROH and Pro Wrestling Guerilla, including competing at Wrestle Kingdom 11, winning the ROH title from O'Reilly.
The way Cole was brought in was different than previous talents. When well-known wrestlers like Roode, Austin Aries and Samoa Joe came to NXT, they had programs with other wrestlers before they received a shot at the NXT title. The closest might be Eric Young, who faced then-champion Samoa Joe in his NXT TV debut.
Besides McIntyre, there are other potential feuds for Cole, including Roderick Strong, who is seeking another NXT title opportunity. Stars like Aleister Black and Andrade "Cien" Almas, who both picked up victories at Takeover, are rising in the ranks as well.
This is a new stage for Cole to compete on and it will be interesting to see how he, as well as reDRagon, adjust to wrestling a WWE style.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Cole does during his time in NXT.