In what can only be described as one of pro wrestling’s most anticipated moves, Adam Copeland, better known to the WWE universe as Edge, stunned enthusiasts worldwide by making his debut with Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling (AEW) at the recent WrestleDream event. This move, heralded as one of the worst-kept secrets in pro wrestling, came with significant implications for both WWE and AEW, stirring the pot in the global wrestling landscape.
Internally, within the WWE, there was intensifying belief that Edge was AEW-bound, which later resulted in exclamation after it was reported that Tony Khan was in discussions to secure Adam to an AEW contract. Adam’s decision to leave WWE was founded on his aspiration for more than what his previous company was providing.
Adam, in an exclusive interview with Talk is Jericho, delved into the reasons behind his departure from WWE. Having committed several years of his life to wrestling, he confessed his need for challenges to keep him stimulated creatively. Unhappy with the “same old, same old” routine, he emphasized reinventing himself and finding novel ways to push his boundaries. In particular, he expressed a growing need to work with a diversified roster of talent, which AEW was more than willing to offer.
Despite wrestling powerhouses like Seth Rollings, Roman and AJ, he admitted that both he and WWE had run out of fresh ideas, prompting him to consider branching out. AEW not only presented an opportunity for a much-needed challenge but also a platform to continue contributing to the wrestling industry while still physically capable.
While the WWE stance of sustained relevance by expected limited appearances sounded plausible to Adam, he preferred making the most of the few years he has left as a professional wrestler. His decision was further underscored by the candid advice from his daughters, who encouraged him to join their ‘Uncle Jay’ at AEW. Given Adam’s deep fondness for wrestling fun, the decision inevitably fell in favor of AEW.
The immediate aftermath of the move saw his real name, rather than his character name ‘Edge,’ trending on social media, a clear indication of fans’ awareness of WWE’s Edge name ownership. Now, at AEW, he is back to being Adam Copeland, an identity he carries to the ring while gearing up for an unfolding storyline featuring Christian Cage, his once WWE comrade. Fans and insiders alike are keen to see the chapters that will be written by this new computed rivalry.
As the fervor around his AEW signing continues unabated, one thing is clear – Adam Copeland is invigorated and ready to make his mark at AEW, a sentiment shared by AEW founder Tony Khan, who once idolized Copeland and Christian Cage in their WWE prime.
With all eyes on AEW, only time will testify whether Copeland’s remarkably daring move pans out in his favor. In the meantime, the wrestling world awaits with bated breath to see what new heights Adam “Edge” Copeland will reach in the Land of All Elite. Stay tuned for more updates from Ringside News as we continue to cover everything pro wrestling. Let us know what you think about Copeland’s move to AEW in the comments section below.