Following his departure from NXT in August, Adam Cole was considering either re-signing with WWE and moving to the main roster, or joining AEW.
Cole ended up joining AEW, and we have started to hear more about what WWE had in store for the former NXT Champion should he have stayed with Vince McMahon's company.
Fightful Select is reporting that WWE pitched for Cole to cut his signature long hair ahead of a move to the main roster, something he expressed having no interest in doing.
In early talks and pitches to bring Cole to Raw or Smackdown, one of the ideas floated to Cole himself was that he could cut his hair in order to establish a new look. We're told that Cole made it clear that he wasn't interested in that, and the pitch wasn't made again and by the final things thrown his way, that wasn't among them.
The report also addresses the report that the role WWE considered for Adam Cole on the main roster was for him to be the manager Keith Lee.
However, Fightful Select notes that this idea, while it may have been floated around, never actually reached Cole himself:
There's been much made about Adam Cole and pitches that were made to him during meetings in his last stretch in WWE. Ringside News and Wrestling Observer spoke pitches in regards to him being a manager, but as Fightful noted, those never quite made it to Cole himself, which isn't uncommon at all. However, we've learned of one pitch that did.
For what it's worth, Fightful Select also spoke to WWE sources who praised Adam Cole for being incredibly open and honest about what he would and wouldn't have liked to have done creatively:
In speaking with WWE, they continued to praise Cole for being transparent in what he did and didn't like creatively, and how he was to deal with during his WWE exit.
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