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Adam Cole


Acrylic, oil and paint marker on 24″ x 24″ wood

Even though he is already a world champion, Adam Cole’s best days are still ahead of him. Born 1989 in Pennsylvania as Austin Jenkins, he began training as a pro wrestler in 2007 while still in high school. His early days were spent in Combat Zone Wrestling, where he still appears. In 2009 he debuted with Ring of Honor, where he soon began a partnership with fellow newcomer Kyle O’Reilly as the later-named tag team Future Shock. The duo had notable matches with the likes of Steve Corino and Kevin Steen, Jay and Mark Briscoe, and The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli/ Antonoio Cesaro). After the team disbanded, he soon began tagging with Eddie Edwards to face O’Reilly and Davey Richards.

In mid-2012 he won his first championship in ROH when he defeated Roderick Strong for the ROH World Television Championship. He defended the title against challengers like Mike Mondo, Matt Hardy, and Eddie Edwards before losing it after 246 days to Matt Taven. In 2011 he also started competing for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, first as a part of Future Shock and later as a singles competitor. There he had memorable matches against El Generico, Sami Callihan, Michael Elgin, and defeated Kevin Steen to become PWG World Champion on December 1, 2012. On September 20, 2013 he won a tournament to win the vacated ROH World Championship. At the time of this writing he currently holds both world titles. I highly doubt they will be the last added to his accomplishments.

About the piece: I started by painting the background with tan house paint, then splattered some acrylic and oil house paint around. I kept these largely lighter as I intended for the figure to be done a little more darkly. I painted the torso then the face, followed by applying the hair with a sponge brush. I used a palette knife to scrape some purple into the edges of the hair, creating a slight bit of glow from the background, and finished off with a little bit of paint marker.

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