Former WWE Superstar William Regal recapped a conversation with Triple H during Adam Cole’s original WWE tryout.
Before signing with WWE in 2017, Cole had a tryout with WWE in the early 2010s. At just 24 years old, The Panama City Playboy was setting the wrestling world on fire.
Speaking on his podcast Evil GentlemanRegal said he was impressed with Cole on his first try, but was later advised by Triple H not to sign him just yet:
“I said, and everyone around, the whole crew, everyone involved in it said, ‘This boy is as proud as can be. He has it all. Triple H made the call, which might seem a bit harsh at the time, and he said to me personally, “Leave him out. He was already working for Ring of Honor and doing all these other things and doing PWG. He said: “Leave him there because in two years the experience he will get will make him 10 times better than he already is.” , if not more than that.'” (H/T: Wrestling News)
When Cole finally made his way to WWE, he worked closely with The Game and William Regal as the face and champion of the company’s third brand, NXT.
Adam Cole on his admiration for Triple H
After working for The Cerebral Assassin in NXT for over four years, the two men bonded beyond a boss and employee relationship.
Speaking to Fightful, Adam Cole shared his thoughts on the recent news that The Game was set to retire after suffering from heart issues and inflamed lungs:
“I’m just glad he’s okay. But yeah, I mean everything he gave to the wrestling industry and the wrestling industry will never be forgotten, whether it’s his career in the ring or the countless people he’s influenced within NXT and the countless people he’s taught within NXT. So I really love, I love Triple H. I admire the hell of him, and I’m glad he’s okay. (H/T: combative)
Although Adam Cole left WWE to join AEW in 2021, his respect for Triple H, one of WWE and wrestling’s most iconic figureheads in the ring and behind the scenes, shows his love for the world of wrestling.