Generously, it’s because I’m heartbroken for a very entertaining guy who seems like a legitimately good dude. Cole just returned earlier this year from a career-threatening brain injury. Now he’s faced with rehabbing a reconstructed leg and foot to do it all over again.
Selfishly, it’s because Cole’s Better Than You BAY BAY act with Maxwell Jacob Friedman has been way more fun and interesting than anyone could have imagined when they debuted it back in June. That it could have to be put on pause for months is a real bummer.
Either way, a lot of us are trying to convince ourselves this is all part of that story. Maybe Cole sprained his ankle, we think. But did he really need that cast he was wearing tonight? Couldn’t it be a prop, like Roderick Strong’s neck brace? Maybe it’s misdirection because Adam was the guy in the devil mask at the end of Dynamite (or they’ll later say that was him after his sprain heals in a couple weeks)?
Well, if it’s a work — it’s an elaborate one that Cole’s long-time girlfriend Britt Baker is in on.
This guy broke his ankle in 3 places on a freak accident. He still hobbled around on live tv because as we like to say “the show must go on”. @AdamColePro gives his entire heart and soul to pro wrestling. He’s one tough cookie and this is just a small bump in the road. He’ll be… pic.twitter.com/Aya1JWTTvF— Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (@RealBrittBaker) September 28, 2023
Baker’s pictures leave enough wiggle room that you can still spin a “work” theory around them. But they’ve popped my bubble. I’m back to just being sad for Cole, and bummed for us.
Unless a dirt sheet report tells us differently... get well soon, BAY BAY.