Exclusive: AEW’s Adam Cole knows Ring of Honor is in good hands with Tony Khan

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Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
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AEW CEO Tony Khan revealed in March that he had purchased Ring of Honor, months after the company had announced it was going on a hiatus.

Khan's purchase of ROH was great news for long-time fans. It led to roster members appearing in AEW and the company's titles being defended on AEW shows.

The news was also very well received by the AEW locker room, with stars such as Adam Cole, CM Punk and Bryan Danielson all having made their names in ROH.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about Khan's purchase of ROH, Adam Cole said: "It's fantastic news.

"The biggest thing is, aside from Tony being a wonderful boss and a wonderful guy, he is a wonderful professional wrestling fan.

"He respects and admires the history of so many different wrestlers and promotions. I feel like Tony understands and appreciates what Ring of Honor really did for the pro wrestling industry.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

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"More than anyone, he gets it. So, I know ROH is going to be in good hands with the fact that Tony Khan is the one in charge of the company now and I was thrilled.

"I would not be sitting here talking to you today if it was not for ROH," he continued. "I owe Ring of Honor so much. So to know that it still has the chance to continue and create this new and different legacy still with just excellent professional wrestling has me so thrilled and so, so happy."

With ROH now owned by Khan, it means there's a chance Cole will make a return to the company, even as just a one-off, an idea that really excites him.

"That'd be really, really cool for me because, I was in Ring of Honor for seven years, and that was the longest I've ever worked for a company," Cole said.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

"I signed my first contract in ROH, I learned so much there. I had a hybrid fighting rules match with Kyle O'Reilly in 2012 in the Hammerstein Ballroom and it was at a point where me and Kyle were still kind of working our way up the ladder and we were still pretty unknown.

"He busted me open and I was bleeding everywhere and that skyrocketed both of our careers," he continued. "So when I look back at ROH and I think about how much fun I had there, the idea of getting to go back and have a match or talk to the fans would be amazing. I would love it."

Catch AEW Dynamite live every Thursday at 1am in the UK and Rampage every Saturday at 3am on FITE with an AEW Plus subscription. US customers can also watch both shows on TNT, and in the UK, Dynamite repeats air on ITV4.

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