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NXT‘s move to the USA Network from the streaming service the WWE Network certainly boosted its profile to a mainstream audience. What used to be the “best kept secret in WWE” is now on a global stage. Leading the way on the Wednesday night program is the stable Undisputed Era, a take-charge group made up of Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, and its leader, Adam Cole.
Wrestling stables aren’t as prevalent as they used to be, like during the ’90s when everyone seemed to be a part of a large group, both fans and Cole still find wrestlers joining forces an important part of wrestling. “They’re so, so important,” Cole explained to GameSpot while promoting WWE 2K20. “I’m glad you brought that up because there’s something to a group of people–or even a group of individuals coming together and forming a faction–our fans just latched themselves onto. I mean you’ve seen it time and time again what a group gets together. People just embrace it. They love that unity and team feeling. It’s really cool.
“When a stable it’s done correctly, it’s so important. It’s so huge. It opens up so many different stories that that roster can tell. So many different scenarios that guys can go. It just keeps things very fresh and different. Like you can do a million different tag matches, but at the same time, we’re individuals. Obviously I’m NXT Champion, so I’m going to have a bunch of NXT Championship title defenses, but then the next week we can do a wild eight man tag team match with all of us.
“But I think the big thing for those factions or those groups succeeding is obviously everyone needs to have chemistry and click. With me, Rowdy, Bobby and Kyle, we’ve known each other for 10 years. I was in Kyle O’Reilly’s wedding; I was at Roderick Strong’s wedding. We talk every single day. So I think that kind of translates on screen, and I think that’s a big reason that the fans have really taken to the Undisputed Era.”
With NXT now airing on Wednesdays on the USA Network, more casual WWE fans have been introduced to the Undisputed Era. “We are so focused on making sure that an NXT is just the hottest brand in pro wrestling,” Cole continued. “I’m so proud of the group, that we’ve gotten this far and we ended up on the USA network and I want to stay here, and make sure I’m a part of this wild ride that NXT is on. But you know, of course, eventually someday, the Undisputed Era on Raw or Smackdown just creates a whole bunch of new situations for us, which would really exciting for us and the fans I think.”
Even though the eventual future for this team means heading to Monday or Friday night WWE programming, don’t expect the group to grow. There won’t be a NWO situation with Undisputed Era where the group gets bloated with everyone joining. “As far as adding new people, no, I actually think it’s very important,” continued Cole. “I remember when it was me, Bobby, and Kyle at first. We were convinced it was just going to be the three of us, and then it was brought to us about Roderick Strong joining all of us. At the same time, we’re like, ‘man…’ [but] if anyone’s going to join us, he’s the perfect fit. And now that he’s there, we can’t imagine anyone else being involved either. So I think it’s going to stay with just the four of us. But again, it’s pro wrestling. Never say never.”
You can see Adam Cole and the rest of the Undisputed Era on NXT on Wednesdays at 8 PM on USA. Additionally, you can check out Adam Cole’s entrance for WWE 2K20 above, and that game launches for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 22.