Adam Cole has provided some insight into the surgeries he will need to have done to recover from a broken ankle.
Earlier this year, Adam Cole came back from a serious concussion that kept him on the sideline for about seven months. Since then, he won a lot of matches and has become a main event performer in the company.
Cole challenged the AEW World Champion to a match on AEW Dynamite that ended as a 30-minute draw. From there, AEW held a Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament that “miraculously” put MJF and Cole together as a tag team along with eight other teams.
As it turns out, the former rivals MJF and Cole bonded as a tag team and became “best friends” on their way to earning an AEW Tag Team Title match with FTR. They lost that match to FTR, but they did end up winning the ROH Tag Team Titles on the pre-show of AEW All In.
The AEW All In pay-per-view in London, England saw MJF beat his best friend Adam Cole to keep the AEW World Title.
At AEW Dynamite Grand Slam on September 20th, MJF successfully defended the AEW World Title against Samoa Joe. During the match, Adam Cole ran down the ramp, then jumped down to ringside and in doing so, he broke his ankle. It was a freak accident.
Adam Cole will have two surgeries to repair his broken ankle
On the September 27th episode of AEW Dynamite, Adam Cole confirmed his serious ankle injury saying that he needed to have surgery on it.
While speaking on Twitch to stream with TheCHUGS Army, Adam Cole commented on how he needs two surgeries that will lead to eight screws and a plate being put in his ankle.
“My ankle is broken. When it’s all said and done, When I’m eventually able to get everything all fixed, I’m going to need to get two surgeries, and it will be a total of eight screws and a plate in my ankle. So, not ideal. It’s incredibly painful. It’s the most painful injury I’ve ever had.”
“Speaking to doctors, [it was] just an absolute freak type of thing. No idea how it happened, I’m doing my best to stay as positive as I can. Obviously, this is soul-crushing. it’s really, really a bummer. If anything, it’s more painful mentally and physically, it really really hurts as well.”
There’s no timeline yet for when Adam Cole will return to the ring, but it’s likely going to put him out of action for the rest of this year and into early 2024.
As for the ROH Tag Team Titles, MJF plans to defend them on his own as he did at AEW WrestleDream when he beat The Righteous in a handicap match.