Shawn Michaels is a two-time WWE Hall Of Famer and is one of the best in the professional wrestling business. Many wrestlers were compared to him over the years, but no one quite managed to live up to him.
Adam Cole has accomplished a lot during his time in NXT. Several fans called him the Shawn Michaels of this era. With HBK being one of the main driving forces in NXT creative, the comparisons continue to get stronger.
Cole spoke to TV Insider, where he addressed the comparisons. He revealed that he thinks it is mind-blowing to be compared to him and being in the same category. However, it also puts a lot of pressure on him.
To me, there is no bigger compliment that someone could possibly say. Someone can say there are comparisons to Adam Cole and Shawn Michaels. It’s mind-blowing to me, especially when I’m thinking about nine-year-old me. Our entire generation can share this opinion that Shawn Michaels is the greatest pro wrestler of all-time to ever do it. He is the absolute best. So any time people make these comparisons, it’s incredibly humbling.
It is stressful because you get in your own head that you have to have this perfect match. The best match on the show every night. I have to live up to this expectation. I used to really feel that way. Shawn will agree with you on this as I would say. Now more than anything I’m focused on being the first Adam Cole and not the second Shawn Michaels. It motivates me even more and be the best version of myself. But you can’t ask for a better compliment.
As Adam Cole signed a long-term contract with NXT last year, we will be seeing him in the gold and black brand for a long time. He is currently engaged in a feud with Pat McAfee.