Facing and defeating Kevin Steen for the PWG World Championship: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs funny, I think the match up, last minute, which was made into a ‚ÄúGuerrilla Warfare‚ÄĚ match, which means there‚Äôs no rules whatsoever; weapons are into the mix as well. So the interesting part about that is although many people look at that and say ‚ÄėOh, that really benefits Kevin Steen‚Äô, the reality is that it‚Äôs such an unpredictable situation, where I can take advantage of something; he can obviously take advantage of something and I think that‚Äôs exactly what happened. You know, the match was very barbaric; I‚Äôm not going to spoil anything for the ones who want to check it out on DVD as far as what actually happened, but it was one of the most brutal matches I‚Äôve been in in my entire life. So, I feel like I definitely earned my keep that night as far as being able to walk away as PWG World Champion, because it was an absolute war. So I think the unpredictability had a lot to do with that and Kevin Steen is an animal; he‚Äôs a savage. So, he was right in his environment but I think even though I hadn‚Äôt been tested too much in those situations, I think when I am put in those situations, I‚Äôve proven I can hang and obviously that was the case this past weekend.‚ÄĚ
The scene after Joey Ryan‚Äôs last PWG Match this past weekend: ‚ÄúIt was a sad moment, man. You know, Joey not only has given so much to specifically PWG, but he‚Äôs a staple on the independent wrestling scene and he‚Äôs been for so long. Specifically in PWG, you know, that‚Äôs his home; that‚Äôs where he‚Äôs made his name and was and always will be such a big part of that company. The draw that night was unbelievable, you know, the amount of people that were there and I think all credit can be given to Joey Ryan. A lot of the fans wanted to go and wanted to say goodbye; Joey wanted to say goodbye as well and the match was fantastic. And yeah, it‚Äôs cool to see one of us move on to a bigger stage and I know he‚Äôll do everyone proud. I know the fans feel that way and I know the wrestlers feel that way also so ever though it was a sad moment, it was really cool to be a part of it.‚ÄĚ
Talking about Matt Hardy and his comments towards Cole after ‚ÄúDeath Before Dishonor X‚ÄĚ: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a tough situation. I think, mainly, what was going on in my mind was kind of what was shown on my face that night in Chicago, which was shock. You know, Matt Hardy, even though based on the comments that he said, and I still feel that way; He‚Äôs a guy I really respect. All of the stuff he said about what how much he‚Äôs given to pro wrestling and about how people will always remember the name ‚ÄėHardy‚Äô, that is very true. Matt has definitely given his fair share to professional wrestling and he‚Äôll be remembered forever; however, I feel this is certainly a case of him not trying to convince the wrestling fans, him not trying to convince me or the other guys in the Ring of Honor roster; he‚Äôs still trying to convince himself that he‚Äôs still just as good as he was then and he feels like that he wants to prove that against me. Based on the comments he had said, obviously I retaliated. I‚Äôm a very proud athlete, I‚Äôm proud to be in Ring of Honor and I‚Äôm proud to be the Ring of Honor Television Champion and I‚Äôm certainly not going to stand for something like that. So, the last thing that I am is a second-rate Matt Hardy. I‚Äôm the first Adam Cole and I‚Äôm going to show Matt Hardy exactly what I‚Äôm talking about when we go in and do battle in New York.‚ÄĚ
The history of the feud between himself and Sami Callihan in Combat Zone Wrestling: ‚ÄúWell, actually, what had happened was me and Sami, when we both came into CZW at relatively at the same time, we were both labeled as future World Champions of the company. So our careers, even though we never met in the ring, were always on a very similar path whether it be in CZW or in other wrestling promotions. We both were kind of moving up the ladder at the same time, so there was always a comparison there and there was a competitive nature there as well until finally, at ‚ÄúBest of the Best 10‚ÄĚ me and him met in the finals and I won, in the finals of the tournament. And, in turn, it created this rivalry that‚Äôs just continued to go on and on and on. Sami was the guy; I was CZW Junior World Heavyweight Champion for 553 days; I was the longest reigning CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion there ever was; I defended the title all over the world and Sami was the guy that took that away from me. At the time, that was the most important thing to me, so obviously, I had a lot to say about that as well. And even though Sami and I have had battle after battle and match after match, there‚Äôs still always that comparison of who really is the best. And what it‚Äôs come down to (at CZW Cage of Death on iPPV), I‚Äôve decided, because I issued the challenge out to Sami, that me and him face off in a match that I feel he excels the most, which is No Holds Barred. We‚Äôve had wrestling match after wrestling match; it‚Äôs been proved time and time again that it‚Äôs 50-50. It‚Äôs one of those times where I if go in there, maybe I‚Äôll win and if he goes in there, maybe he‚Äôll win. But this is just the ultimate test of two men going into the ring and fighting and seeing who is the absolute best. So, this match is everything to me and I know it‚Äôs everything to Sami so this is definitely going to be the one that settles the score for us and I certainly intend of being the guy to walk away the winner.‚ÄĚ
The biggest accomplishment for his year: ‚ÄúFor me, it‚Äôs got to be winning the Ring of Honor World TV Championship and, for me, the reason is, you know, Ring of Honor being the #3 company in the United States and being a company that I wanted to be a part of for so long; just for them to sit back and say we want to invest stock in you; we want you to be a guy we believe in; we want you to be a guy to help carry the company, is (pun-intended) a huge honor. So, for me to be given that opportunity and given that chance to have, hopefully, a very successful and memorable ROH World TV Title reign is awesome for me and it‚Äôs definitely something that I‚Äôm very, very proud of and intend to keep for a long time.‚ÄĚ
For more information on CZW‚Äôs ‚ÄúCage of Death‚ÄĚ iPPV this upcoming Saturday December 8th, go to czwrestling.com for a full rundown of the card and ordering details. You can also follow Combat Zone Wrestling on Twitter (@CombatZone) and through Facebook (www.facebook.com/officialczw) for the latest information. You can also follow Adam through his personal Twitter (@@AdamColePro) or his website (www.adamcolepro.com) for the latest news and notes concerning Adam. You can also see him through Ring of Honor television and see his upcoming match with Matt Hardy at ‚ÄúFinal Battle‚ÄĚ iPPV on December 16th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Go to the Ring of Honor Twitter (@ringofhonor), Facebook (www.facebook.com/ringofhonor) or visit their homepage (www.rohwrestling.com) for the rundown of the card, ticketing info, iPPV ordering information as well as information on ROH TV through your local Sinclair Broadcasting Group station.