After Adam Cole dropped some f-bombs, broke a microphone and shoved a guy during an explosive performance on Pat McAfee’s show last Thursday, I immediately said to myself, “self, it’s a work.”
I’m still Team Work. But Cole tweeted an apology a short time ago which has me questioning my stance for the first time.
It’s a curious move if the goal is to do some business between Cole and McAfee. But it’s worth noting the NFL punter-turned-media-personality isn’t the apology’s audience. McAfee is never named, and only alluded to as the cause of the behavior Cole is apologizing for. The longest reigning NXT champion is saying he’s sorry to WWE and the WWE Universe, not Pat.
So they could continue to build heat by having the former Indianapolis Colt All-Pro point that out, and maybe demand a personal apology from Cole. In the meantime, the statement itself creates doubt among those of us who were convinced this was all storyline. Or even if it doesn’t, it at least gets folks talking about the incident again.
The only way we’d know it’s a shoot is if this is the last we hear of the incident. Even then, it could have been a planned work that WWE decided not to continue on with.
Pro wrestling everybody!