Adam Cole is one of the fastest rising stars not only in WWE, but in all of professional wrestling. The former ROH standout has been down in NXT for a while now, and in that time he has firmly established himself as someone to be feared on the main roster.
Today, though, we're going to take a look at the other side of the coin, because we don't tend to buy into the idea that he's one of the best wrestlers in the world.
We're going to list reasons why he's so overrated, and not in the sense of picking out his flaws. Instead, we're going to pick apart the actual reasons people give as to why he's the best thing since sliced bread.
10 The Rise Of NXT
One thing that you can always just about guarantee is that guys and girls who come up from NXT are going to be immediately overrated by the majority of wrestling fans. That sounds like we’re generalizing a little bit, but we’re really not.
If you’re put on NXT programming week to week there is this perception that you have to fend for yourself and prove something: but you don’t. If you’re featured regularly enough and you’re a notable name, you’re going to be just fine regardless of what you do in the ring.
The first step towards achieving happiness is this crazy pro wrestling world, apparently, is by having a great catchphrase. We tend to believe that having the whole package is apter, but we digress.
“Adam Cole Baybay!” is unbelievably over, and fair play to Adam for that. However, the fact that it’s over alone surely isn’t enough for him to warrant the kind of adulation he receives on a week to week basis.
It’ll stick with him forever, and for a lot of fans that’s probably a good thing – but we can’t say that we’re quite as confident in that regard.
8 Being The Elite
When you feature on “Being The Elite” it automatically seems to make you popular amongst the internet wrestling community, and Adam Cole was no different. The Young Bucks gave him a platform and they helped to make him feel like more of a star than he previously was.
Sure, he was somewhat amusing in the show, but the diehard fans are going to make him out to be so much more than that. Perhaps that’s deserved, but we need a little bit more in order to fully invest with everything we’ve got.
7 Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens and Adam Cole have had quite the friendship over the years, and Owens has made it known that he believes Cole is one of the best in the business. Regardless of whether or not it’s actually true, that endorsement has taken on a life of its own.
They haven’t really had many if any, interactions on screen, but when they get the chance to have an extended feud with one another, it’s going to take this to a whole new level – which could end up helping Adam massively.
6 His Age
Adam Cole is 30 years of age and in the pro wrestling world, that’s pretty damn young. Because he’s been able to accomplish so much already, a lot of fans tend to be quite surprised when they learn that he’s only just left his twenties and entered his thirties.
Those same fans tend to attach themselves to guys like Cole and dub them to be the “future” of the business, using his age as a sign that he still has so much more to give. Think of that what you will.
5 The Undisputed Era
When you’re surrounded by the kind of talent that Adam Cole is on a week to week basis, you’re going to get a decent rub off of them.
Cole is obviously the leader of the group and has always been viewed as such, but even so, Fish, O’Reilly and Strong have done wonders for helping him to get over with their nWo-esque style of doing things.
It’s not a bad trait to have that sort of back up, of course, but what will happen once he’s left to fend for himself? That’s the real question.
Cole is able to project pretty well with his promos, but we never really feel fully engaged with him because his style doesn’t seem to suit the character he’s portraying. Perhaps that’s just a personal thing because others fawn over his ability to ‘speak the truth’ on the mic.
In comparison to some of his peers in both NXT and the main roster, we’d say he’s about average. If he can continue to showcase himself on a bigger stage as opposed to hiding behind a certain someone, then it’ll start to improve.
3 Triple H’s Endorsement
The certain someone that we’re not so subtly referring to, of course, is none other than “The Game” Triple H. He is the leader of NXT and continues to portray that leadership role in the segments leading up to Survivor Series, and Cole just kind of comes across as his latest pet project.
We want Adam to have his own identity as opposed to having a great endorsement from the future boss. It’s going to be great for his trajectory in the next few years, but it could get him a lot of enemies, too.
2 His Look
One of the most important things you can do to stand out amongst the crowd is to have a great look. From his cheeky smile to his unique physique to his long locks (it sounds like we’re in love with the guy), Adam has that look.
It’s going to make him marketable and it’ll make him feel like a bigger deal than he actually is, but whether or not it’s actually enough to shift tickets is a different matter altogether. Let’s stick the guy in one of the featured matches at WrestleMania and then see how he fares.
1 He’s An Indie Guy
Indie guys are automatically given a head start these days and that much is just obvious. The fans spent so long protesting that they were being given unfair treatment in comparison to the John Cenas and Baron Corbins of the world, and now, it’s gone in the complete opposite direction.
Fans saw Cole competing at a regional level in smaller arenas, and they probably got the chance to meet him once or twice. That leads to a connection, and that connection is soon pretty hard to break – and that’s an understatement.