It does not appear as if Adam Cole will be leaving NXT any time soon.
Despite rumors of his contract expiring soon, Mike Johnson of PW Insider reported the leader of the Undisputed Era is under contract for "well over" the next 18 months.
There had been rumors that Cole's contract expires in two months, leading to natural speculation he would join All Elite Wrestling.
Cole's girlfriend, Britt Baker, is under contract with AEW.
Cole defended the NXT Championship Sunday against Velveteen Dream at NXT: In Your House. He has held the yellow brand's top championship for 373 days, by far the longest reign in NXT history.
There has been constant speculation about when Cole and the Undisputed Era would move up to Raw or SmackDown, but they've instead become NXT mainstays with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Cole told Brent Brookhouse of CBS Sports that he remains focused on the NXT brand:
"Right now, and I mean this because a lot of people say, 'Oh, what's next? What are you going to do next? You're NXT champion, what's your next goal?' My goal is to keep the NXT championship. At the end of the day, right now I just broke a full year as NXT champion, I love NXT, I'm proud of what this brand represents and I'm proud of what I've done and the Undisputed Era has done. I see no reason why we have to skip over to the next goal or next thing. I think holding onto the NXT championship for as long as possible and making sure this record can and will never be broken is my end-game goal.
"One of the coolest parts about being in NXT through this transition period is seeing the brand grow and how far it has come even from when I joined in 2017. The brand has grown tremendously. I think, oftentimes, about what NXT is going to be like six months from now or a year from now or two years from now. It's going to keep growing and growing and getting bigger and bigger. I'm very proud to be a part of that. I just want to continue trying to solidify myself as being the greatest NXT champion of all-time."
Cole has spent his entire WWE career in the best creative atmosphere the company provides, so it's easy to see why he would be satisfied with his current lot in life. However, 18 months can make a ton of difference on someone's outlook with their job.