WWE Superstar Edge, Adam Copeland, Debuts for AEW at WrestleDream
Adam Copeland, better known by his ring moniker Edge, has joined All Elite Wrestling.
Copeland made his surprise debut at AEW’s WrestleDream pay-per-view in Seattle. He appeared after his former tag team partner and longtime best friend Christian Cage successfully defended his TNT Championship in a two out of three falls match against Darby Allen.
During the post-match attack by Cage, Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne on Allen and Sting, the arena went dark and a video package was broadcast in the arena before Alter Bridges played “Matlingus”, also Copeland’s music in WWE.
Copeland appeared and teased that he would join the beatdown served up by his real-life best friend but turned it on by saving Allyn and Sting from an attack before the pay-per-view aired.
“The Rated R Superstar” wrestled his last match for WWE on the August 18 episode of SmackDown, where he defeated Sheamus in his hometown of Toronto.
Prior to the match, Copeland announced that his WWE contract was expiring and that he was considering a possible contract extension. Copeland has not been seen on WWE television since and surprised fans with his debut a month after his last match.
During the media scrum following the event, AEW founder Tony Khan announced that Copeland would be a full-time talent and would appear on an upcoming episode of AEW Dynamite on Wednesday.
Copeland stated, “I wanted to contribute, and that was more part of why I came here. “I wanted to help and I felt like here I could really do that and have the opportunity to do that.”
Copeland stated that he feels “liberated” to join AEW and is excited to work with talent that he has been looking forward to getting in the ring with for a long time.
He declared, “I see an entirely new roster of faces and so much talent that I’ve never laid hands on before.” “That was the biggest thing for me, as someone who is motivated by challenges.
“I’ve never faced Samoa Joe in the ring. I have never stood in the ring with Sting before tonight. This has never occurred in the industry’s 31-year history. Then I see someone similar to Nick Wayne or Swarv (Strickland). There are just too many possibilities here. For me, at this point in my career, it’s very exciting. It’s very exciting.”
Copeland signed with WWE in 1997 and spent more than 25 years with the promotion. He is a seven-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and has won the WWE World Tag Team Titles a record 12 times.
He had a successful solo career but is perhaps best known for his tag team with Christian Cage. Cage made his AEW debut in March of that year and was last seen in WWE in January of 2021. The two have reunited under the AEW banner but will likely be at odds with each other for the foreseeable future.