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As the first-ever NXT North American Champion, Adam Cole is an important part of the future of NXT. He was recently on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast and discussed how he feels about being one of the superstars who will carry the roster for the next few months.

Cole was one of the most popular independent wrestlers in the world before he signed with NXT in 2017. His popularity has only grown since then, and he said he gets recognized a lot more when he’s in public.

“It’s definitely a lot more since starting with NXT,” Cole said. “Even post-Royal Rumble definitely more often that people come up to me asking to take a picture with me and wanting an autograph. It just shows the scale at how many people do watch WWE.”

Cole won a six-man ladder match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans to become the inaugural NXT North American Champion. As a member of The Undisputed Era with Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong, Cole is also an NXT Tag Team Champion under the Freebird Rule, making him the first double-champion in NXT history. With members of the NXT roster getting called up to the main roster after WrestleMania, Cole knows he will be an integral part of NXT’s future and he accepts the pressure of being one of the brand’s cornerstone superstars. He said he’s motivated to be as good as the previous generation of NXT superstars.

“There absolutely is that pressure. Any time guys move to Raw and SmackDown, I think that is what has kept NXT so relevant and has kept the fans so invested because they are now conditioned that whoever leaves or comes in, NXT, as a product, is going to give really exciting sports entertainment every time,” he said. “You do have your different generation of guys, and those generations before did an excellent job, so it does put pressure on guys like me, Aleister [Black], Bobby [Fish] and Kyle [O’Reilly], and everyone else involved in NXT now. I think that is when guys are at their best, when you put pressure and have something to work towards and have something to compare yourself to, or try to best them, it really does make you better.”

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WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, known as The Undisputed Era with Adam Cole, recently spoke with Byron Saxton for a WWE website interview. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Fish on their success before WWE:

“We’ve been the standard in tag team wrestling since November 2012. Our preparation is about precision, timing, sharpening our in-ring ability to its finest edge possible, its science. From there, we game-plan; each team is a new puzzle for sorting, calculating each move, complete with bad intent. Matches are won before the bell rings. First, we let you know the when, where, why and how — the verbal. Then comes the mental, the inevitability of what’s about to happen to you. And finally, the physical, when we put you out of your misery.”

O’Reilly on their chemistry:

“Our team chemistry is something unlike anything else on this planet. Bobby knows what I’m planning to do before I do sometimes. I think that we have such a relentless, unorthodox style, and we have designed a new system of attacking and defending that is very difficult to figure out and prepare for.”

Fish on The Undisputed Era conquering NXT:

“When you delivered at the level Kyle, Cole and I are accustomed to, there are no surprises. It’s a simple ‘if A, then B’ system. The process is in the work. Our work is never left unfinished; it’s always looked after, and, therefore, success follows us like a lost dog searching for a home. Come one, come all. The variety of challenge ensures the entertainment of those who follow our history. Watch as time and time again we prove there is no team walking this planet who can operate on our level. We are NXT, and this is our era!”

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Former ROH World Champion Kyle O’Reilly made his WWE debut at the NXT tapings on Wednesday night at Full Sail University.

Facing Aleister Black in singles action, the Canadian didn’t undergo a name change (ironically unlike his opponent, who was switched from Tommy End upon signing a WWE contract) and was simply billed as Kyle O’Reilly. There was even a huge graphic emblazoned on the tron to confirm the O’Reilly name is here to stay.

There had been rumours that O’Reilly was set to sign with WWE for a few months, but this was his first appearance for the company. His NXT debut comes hot on the heels of his former tag-team partner Bobby Fish also losing to Black on TV, so WWE may be tempted to use the pair as a team.

Collectively known as reDRagon, Fish and O’Reilly held the ROH Tag-Team Titles on 3 separate occasions and are 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champs. In addition, the team also won the 2014 Super Junior Tag-Team Tournament in NJPW.

O’Reilly’s first match for WWE is scheduled to air on the August 2 episode of NXT.