Name: Adam Cole
Nicknames: "The Panama City Playboy", "The Money"(CZW)
Future Shock (w/ Kyle O'Reilly in ROH)
Kingdom (With Michael Bennett, Maria & Matt Taven in ROH)
DJ Hyde & Mia Yim (CZW)
Dojo Bros (With Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards in PWX)
Mount Rushmore (With Kevin Steen & The Young Bucks in PWG)
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Panama City, FL
Wrestling Debut: April 6, 2008
Florida Key (Straight Jacket German Suplex)
Top Rope Cross Body
Figure Four Leg Lock.
Corona Crash (Reverse DDT )
Panama Sunrise (Top Rope Flipping Pile-Driver)
Wheel Barrel Back Stabber
"Get off the Stoves" by The Stoves (ROH)
"Break Anotha" by Blake Lewis (CZW)
"Whatta Man" by Salt N Peppa
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I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about my childhood because to be honest, there isn't much to say. I was born on July 5, 1989, and I had a great upbringing with a very loving family and an awesome younger brother. My parents split before I was ten years old, but before that, I had my first exposure to the sport that I fell in love with...
I grew up right when wrestling, or more specifically the WWF, was beginning it's "Attitude Era." Needless to say, my parents didn't want me watching something that promoted sex and violence, so it was difficult for me to ever watch wrestling. As a matter of fact, the first time that I even saw wrestling was when I was 9 years old. I'll never forget it.
My Mom was cooking dinner for us that summer evening, and my Dad, my brother and I were watching television. As he was flipping through the channels, my Dad came upon an episode of WCW Thunder. I watched as Mean Gene was interviewing The Giant, and my attention was immediately caught.
I begged my Dad to keep it on, and for some reason, he did. He went into the kitchen, and I continued to watch with my eyes glued to the screen. I remember Thunder going to commercial, and coming back with a crusierweight tag match. As I was watching the action, my Dad came back in and turned the TV off, saying it was time for dinner. I knew that I had lucked out, and the chances of me watching wrestling again anytime soon were slim to none.
Little did I know that my life would change drastically within the next couple months...
Like I mentioned earlier. my parents had split up, so I was going back and forth between visiting my Dad and Mom. Within this time frame, I started taking Karate. I had played football the year before, but when I tried to sign up again for the following year, I had signed up too late, so I couldn't play that year. I needed to do something that kept me physically active, and I loved watching Bruce Lee movies with my Dad, so Karate was my next option. I really enjoyed it, and it taught me dicipline from a young age.
I used to arrive early to go over technique, and I would always stay late to work on things that I was lacking in. One day, I had arrived early and my instructor was running on the treadmill, but he was watching something. He had taped WWF Monday Night RAW from the night before, and he and I watched
as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kane put Paul Bearer in a sewer.
He then asked me if I watched wrestling, and I responded with "All the time!" In reality, the only time I had watched it was that 15 minutes of WCW Thunder, and to be honest, I just wanted to fit in with my instructor. He was someone I really looked up to, and if there was anyway I could look "cool" in front of him, I would do it.
He then asked me if I wanted to borrow that years WrestleMania 15 from Philadelphia, because he had taped the PPV. I said absolutely, but he told me I needed a note from my parents first.
I went home and BEGGED my Mom to let me watch the tape, and she figured
that if my Karate instructor was watching it, wrestling couldn't be that bad. I
got the tape, and the rest is history. Initially, I wanted to borrow the tape to fit in, but after watching the show, specifically Stone Cold vs. The Rock in the main event for the WWF title, I was hooked. I became a huge WWF fan, buying all the magazines, the action figures, the VHS tapes. I got to go to a couple WWF house shows in Hershey, PA which was a blast. I just couldn't get enough of the WWF. But it wasn't until Rock vs. Austin 2, that things REALLY got serious...
People had always talked to me about how they got goosebumps when they really liked a song, or a scene in a movie. I never understood what they ment. To me, it was stupid to get goosebumps when you watched something, you weren't tough.
I was just a know it all kid who didn't know what he was talking about. I had bought the WrestleMania X-Seven VHS tape the day it came out, because I wanted to see The Rock vs. Stone Cold one more time. I watched the entire show, and then came the main event. The awesome music video hyping the match featuring Limp Bizkit's "My Way" played, and I couldn't have been more excited. "What? No disqualification when was that, when was that added?" JR said through the headset. When Stone Cold's glass broke, and 67,000 plus exploded, I had goosebumps shoot up my spine. I get goosebumps writing this. At that very moment, I said to myself, "I need to become a professional wrestler."
All through school, I knew that I wanted to be a pro wrestler. Fast forward to high school, and it was time to get ready for graduation. When everyone was deciding what college to go to or what job to get, I was worried about what wrestling school to go to. I had been going to WWE events for years at this point, and in high school, I really got into independent and international wrestling. I have so many memories and so many moments that I had experienced, so deciding where to go was a big deal for me. I had entertained the idea of going to many different schools, but when I went to CZW's Best of the Best 7, the decision was practically made for me. This was the first CZW show that I went to, and I was hanging out behind The Arena hoping to get to meet some of the wrestlers after a great show. In that timeframe, I met DJ Hyde, who ran the CZW Wrestling Academy.
DJ was very friendly, so I built up the courage to let him know that I wanted to train to be a wrestler. He told me that I should come to the school that Wednesday for a tryout. I had explained to DJ that I was still in school (a senior in high school), and I didn't think I would be able to drive 2 hours to Philadelphia everyday during the week, let alone pay the fee for training while I was still in school and barely making any money at my part-time job. DJ, to his credit, told me that if I wanted, I only had to come down once a week, and he would work with me financially. At that point, I was sold. I wanted to get in a ring so bad, and CZW was that opening for me.
So on November 14, 2007, I became an official member of the CZW Wrestling Academy, and my training went underway. DJ Hyde and Jon Dahmer trained me at the CZW Academy, and they were both very helpful in all their teachings. Training was very tough, as it should be. It taught me the respect that needs to be given to pro wrestling, and it made me appreciate every opportunity that I got. DJ was very instrumental in me meeting many different promoters, because anytime he had a show, I was invited along to help set up the ring and meet many different people. I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to do all that I could to become the best wrestler I could be, and DJ saw that too. So he did all that he could to make sure that I got all the experience that I could. I had my first match in The Arena in Philadelphia, PA on April 6, 2008 in a Battle Royal at an MBA show, and it was a complete dream come true for me...
Since then, I have been fortunate enough to wrestle over 250 matches in my 3 year career. I am currently under contract with Ring of Honor Wrestling, I have traveled overseas, and wrestled on National Television and Pay Per View. I even had an apperance on WWE TV!
I have fulfilled more dreams in this short amount of time than I ever imagined, and I know this is just the start. Hopefully in due time, this bio will be filled with lots more exciting news and stories, but until then, I sincerely appreciate any and all support from you fans.
This has been the time of my life, and we are just getting started.
I love PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.
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