AEW: Adam Cole Dropped a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Line While Teasing a Betrayal Against MJF

Adam Cole's latest AEW Dynamite promo took a page out of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's playbook.

Adam Cole and MJF cut promos on each other during this week's AEW Dynamite ahead of their AEW World Championship match in the main event of AEW's All In pay-per-view. The show is shaping up to be the biggest in company history by a wide margin, surpassing 80,000 sold tickets for London's Wembley Stadium last week. Cole started off promo by listing his accomplishments, how he's made it to the top of every company he has ever been in and has set multiple records in various companies with his championship reigns (longest-reigning NXT Champion, the only man in Ring of Honor history to hold the ROH World Championship three times, etc.). He also looked back on the concussions he suffered last year and how there was a very real possibility he'd never wrestle again. But now that he finds himself in this spot, he's willing to do whatever it takes to bring home AEW's top prize. 

"Max, I love you but I need to win this match more than you could ever imagine. And I'm just telling you this as your friend, I'm telling you this out of love — the second that bell rings, I don't know about you, but I will do anything and everything to win that AEW world title," Cole said.

Will Adam Cole Betray MJF at All In?

Cole's line about needing to win drew immediate comparisons to a promo "Stone Cold" Steve Austin cut leading into WrestleMania X-Seven. That show's main event saw Austin turn heel and align himself with Vince McMahon in order to beat The Rock to regain the WWF Championship.

Who do you think will betray who at All In? Will Cole walk out with the AEW title? Will AEW actually stick with MJF as a "scumbag" babyface? Tell us your predictions in the comments!

AEW All In 2023 Card

  • AEW World Championship: MJF (c) vs. Adam Cole
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR (c) vs. The Young Bucks
  • AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Toni Storm vs. Saraya vs. Britt Baker
  • Darby Allin & Sting vs. Swerve Strickland & AR Fox (Coffin Match)
  • Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Hangman Page vs. Konosuke Takeshita, Jay White & Juice Robinson
  • Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk (Not Yet Confirmed)
  • Chris Jericho vs. Will Ospreay 
  • Eddie Kingston, Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & The Lucha Brothers vs. Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta) & TBA
  • (Zero Hour Kickoff) ROH World Tag Team Championships: vs. Aussie Open (c) vs. MJF and Adam Cole