Adam Cole Says His ROH Run Was The Golden Years For Independent Wrestling

The good old years.

For Adam Cole (..BAY-BAY), when it comes to the golden years of independent pro wrestling, those took place in Ring of Honor.

During a recent interview on “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy” podcast, the AEW performer spoke about his run in ROH Wrestling and how for him it was the golden age of the independent wrestling scene.

“Looking back on it now, and even then, it felt like it was a really special time,” said Cole. “The roster, from top to bottom, was just stacked with some of the best talent in the entire world,” stated Cole. “From the opening card match to the main event, every single spot on that card was filled with some of the best guys on the planet. And getting to learn from and work with some of these guys was absolutely incredible for me.”

Cole continued, “When you think about the influence that ROH had — I mean, in many ways, the more recent version of ‘NXT,’ that Black and Gold era of ‘NXT,’ very much was the core of what Ring of Honor was built on in a lot of ways,” he added, looking back fondly on his time in WWE’s third brand. “And that got the chance to be seen under the WWE umbrella. So I think the impact that was made and how special it was did feel very real at the time. But oh my God, now looking back on it, it really was the golden age of independent wrestling in a lot of ways.”

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