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Adam Cole On The Original Plan For Undisputed Era, Being Asked About Adding More Members

July 4, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The Undisputed Era reigned as a four-man power group in WWE NXT for some time, but Adam Cole revealed that they were asked about becoming larger than that at one point. Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Roderick Strong ruled the NXT brand from 2017 to early 2021 when they split up. Cole, O’Reilly and Fish are now in AEW, and Cole spoke on the Kurt Angle show about the original three-man plans for the group and how they turned down a chance to add some more members later on. You can check out the highlights below:

On the original plan for the group: “Originally, the Undisputed Era was just supposed to be me, Bobby, and Kyle O’Reilly. That was it, supposed to be the three of us. And they were like, ‘Nope, it’s not gonna be like a group that expands and we add more and more and more.’ And i remember, they came uh to us with the idea of adding Roderick Strong. And the three of us were kind of off to ourselves, and we were sitting there. And we were like, ‘I know we said we don’t want anyone else in the group. But Roderick Strong would be perfect.’ Because we’re all we’re all buddies with them. And it really felt like that’s when the group truly started you know with the four of us.”

On being asked about adding more members after Strong: “But going off of like, different ideas that ended up not happening. I know it was discussed at one point by — I can’t even specifically think of the name, but adding one or two more people to the group at one point. That was discussed, and I know that the four of us were kind of like, ‘Eh.’ We felt like Roderick was like the exception to the rule. And of course all four of us are good in the sense of, if they were like, ‘No, we really want to do this,’ we’re gonna go, ‘Okay, yes sir. Yeah, whatever you want.’ But when they were asking us our opinion it was, ‘No, I feel like just this four-man group is the way to go.’

“So yeah, there was discussion about maybe adding different members to the Undisputed Era at one point, that all of us weren’t crazy about. And it ended up not happening.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit The Kurt Angle Show with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.