Adam Cole turned against another one of his Undisputed Era stablemates in the main event angle of last night's NXT.
Going into last night's show, Cole had promised to explain why he turned against Kyle O'Reilly and attacked NXT Champion Finn Balor. Cole said he had every intention of doing that, but seeing the footage of what he did to O'Reilly made him sick to his stomach. Cole said the NXT Championship is very important to him and he was pissed off that O'Reilly got opportunity after opportunity to go after the title while continuing to fail. But Cole said that doesn't excuse his actions and he's ashamed of himself.
Cole said he was dead wrong for doing what he did to O'Reilly and claimed that he hates himself for it. Cole said he was going to try and do everything in his power to fix it.
Roderick Strong then came out to the ring and questioned why Cole only feels bad now after not letting him know what was going on for 10 days. Strong said Undisputed Era was a brotherhood built on trust and love, but Cole shattered that when he attacked O'Reilly. Strong said O'Reilly is going to heal -- and he doesn't know if he can save Cole from what O'Reilly is going to do to him.
Balor then made his way down to the ring, shoved Strong out of the way, and started brawling with Cole. Strong came to Cole's aid, then Cole gave Balor a superkick while Balor's attention was turned to Strong.
Cole told Strong to listen to him and said that he was sorry, but Strong dropped Cole with a clothesline. Cole again apologized and said he wanted things to go back to normal. Strong said he shouldn't have hit Cole. He called Cole his brother and said he loves him. They hugged -- but Cole then gave Strong a low blow, called him stupid, and said Strong is dead to him. Cole laid out Strong with a superkick.
More coverage from last night --
- WOR: Jocephus, Ric Flair, Big Show to AEW, ratings, Young Rock, AEW vs. NXT! 2/25
- Speak Now: Paul Wight joins AEW, NXT & AEW recaps 2/25
- The Grizzled Young Veterans attack MSK on WWE NXT
- Lance Archer advances to AEW Revolution ladder match
- Casino Tag Team Royale for title shot announced for AEW Revolution
- Nyla Rose advances in AEW Women's title eliminator tournament
- AEW Dark: Elevation to debut March 15, Schiavone joins announce team
- WWE sets date for Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm NXT Women's title match
- Paul Wight appearance, ladder match qualifier set for AEW Dynamite
- AEW Dynamite live results: Fenix vs. Archer Revolution qualifier
- WWE NXT live results: Kross vs. Escobar no DQ match
WWE NXT video highlights --
Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis
A look at MSK's emotional journey to the Dusty Cup
Isaiah "Swerve" Scott attacks Leon Ruff
Io Shirai vs. Zoey Stark, Toni Storm confronts Shirai
Johnny Gargano is sending Austin Theory to therapy
Jax & Baszler and Kai & Gonzalez look ahead to next week's Women's Tag Team title match
Kacy Catanzaro vs. Xia Li
The Million Dollar Man can kiss Cameron Grimes' grits
The Grizzled Young Veterans attack MSK, face Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
No DQ match: Santos Escobar vs. Karrion Kross
LA Knight will debut on his terms
Adam Cole turns against Roderick Strong
NXT fallout: Adam Cole declares that he is Undisputed Era
NXT fallout: Zoey Stark is proud of her performance against Io Shirai