Adam Cole reveals comparison with Finn Balor drove him insane. The two will face each other tonight for the vacant NXT Championship.
Adam Cole has been a significant presence on NXT since debuting in 2017. He became the first North American Champion. Cole was also the first double champion in NXT’s history. He became only the second triple crown champion after beating Johnny Gargano, who ironically was the first triple crown champion.
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Finn Balor on the other hand, was the person at the top of mountain in NXT when the gold and yellow brand began growing in prominence. His 292-day reign was the longest in the promotion until Adam Cole held the title for 403 days.
Both Cole and Balor have long been regarded as the greatest NXT Champions. However, Cole believes that he is undoubtedly better. He admitted hating the comparisons with Balor and how so many people still believe that the Undisputed Era leader is 2nd best despite his list of achievements.
Adam Cole reveals comparison with Finn Balor drove him insane
“100%. That’s why this one is so important to me, because again, even as NXT Champion and having the 403-day reign as NXT Champion, I still constantly heard, ‘Yeah, yeah, Adam Cole is a great champion, but he’s probably number two of all time. Finn Balor is number one’,” Cole told Comicbook.com.
“It drove me insane, because I’m like, ‘I’ve doubled this guy’s reign as far as the number of days, and I’ve done it in one reign.’ There’s no question that I’m the greatest Champion, so to be put in a situation where it’s Adam Cole versus Finn Balor, I mean, finally putting that to rest, who is the greatest NXT Champion of all time, will be a beautiful day for me.”
I want to close this chapter of my career in NXT
Cole claimed that the feeling of being NXT Champion was still fresh to him. Balor on the other hand, had moved on. This he claimed is why he wants the championship more.
“There’s no question that I’m the greatest Champion. So to be put in a situation where it’s Adam Cole versus Finn Balor, I mean, finally putting that to rest, who is the greatest NXT Champion of all time, will be a beautiful day for me,” he continued.
“Also, as far as wanting, I just came off of losing the championship, so that feeling of wanting to be champion is still so fresh in my mind. Finn Balor hasn’t been NXT Champion for so long, so mentally he’s moved on. He may think he wants it really bad, but he doesn’t want it as bad as I do.
“I just lost the championship a couple of months ago. So in my opinion, without question, I want the championship more. Not only do I want it more, but I want to kind of close this chapter of my career in NXT saying that Adam Cole is better than Finn Balor. Adam Cole is a better NXT Champion than Finn Balor.”
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