Adam Cole Kicked Out of Bullet Club – Will He Debut at NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

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At the ROH War of the Worlds pay-per-view, Adam Cole, leader of the “SuperKliq” sub-faction of Bullet Club, was officially kicked out of the group.

Although the Young Bucks were able to defeat Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI earlier in the evening to retain the ROH Tag Team Championships, Adam Cole was unable to defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi in his match.

After the bout was over, fellow SuperKliq members the Young Bucks came out and teased a turn on Cole, However, when he turned around, they stood up from their superkick position and gave Cole a hug reminiscent of the Curtain Call. All of a sudden, Kenny Omega appeared on the jumbo screen and delivered these ominous words.

"“Shhh. This is Adam’s special moment. How touching. What a curtain call. Yes, I really wish I could be there with you right now, Adam. But, unfortunately, I cannot. Young Bucks, I must admit; I’m a little disappointed. The same man that tried to fire you less than two months ago, is now standing in the middle of the ring, being showered with adulation from the crowd. ‘Thank you, Adam. Thank you, Adam.’ Well, you see, I feel like I have to send my special thanks too. Because, let’s face it. Your tenure in Bullet Club, your tenure in professional wrestling, has been long, has been fruitful, has been storied. But just like all fairy tales, Adam, there has to be a hero, and there has to be a villain.”"

The camera then turned to ROH Champ Marty Scurll next to him, then the lights went off. When they came back on, Scurll was in the ring facing Cole. He opened an umbrella that had the Bullet Club logo on it, which gave the Young Bucks the cue to execute a superkick on Cole. Scurll then proceeded to knock Cole out by hitting him with another umbrella, and celebrated with the Young Bucks.

The timing of this moment is very interesting. While it has been widely publicized that Cole was performing as a free agent, and is desiring to explore other options, the magnitude of this departure is eerily similar to the Hardy Boyz in their final match with ROH. While the Hardy’s farewell was not a notorious Bullet Club shift like Cole’s was, it is clear that Cole was written off of ROH television.

Next week, the NXT TakeOver series heads to Chicago. Right now, the only matches that are being promoted are the title matches — Bobby Roode defending the NXT Championship against Hideo Itami, the Authors of Pain defending their NXT Tag Team Championships in a ladder match against DIY, Asuka defending her NXT Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross and Ruby Red, and Tyler Bate defending the WWE UK Championship against Pete Dunn. This leaves much room to create surprises for the NXT audience to enjoy.

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At the last NXT TakeOver event, fans saw the return of Drew McIntyre. This time, another surprising appearance may occur. This time, in the form of Adam Cole.