The man formerly known as “Edge” shocked the world on the weekend by making a surprising move from WWE to AEW at the latter’s WrestleDream event, aligning himself with the duo of Sting and Darby Allin against former partner Christian Cage, as well as Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne who both ate a spear by The Rated-R Superstar.
Most fans were under the impression that Edge may renew his WWE contract and retire with the promotion where he made his name, retire altogether and sign a Legends deal, or the most pressing rumour as the expiration date drew near, that he will make the switch to AEW.
Sitting down with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Copeland put an end to the rumours that he and WWE were on bad terms, and that was the reason for his departure from the promotion:
I am so thankful for every aspect of my career, and I’ll be forever thankful for the WWE. It was the only place I wanted to work. We reached a place where we’d done all we could do together. And I guarantee you this, they’re not mad. I’m not mad.Adam Copeland on Sports Illustrated 3/10/23
I’ve received so many texts from the office, from the travel department, from the talent relations department, from the music department, from the performers, from the big suits, and none of them are mad. They’re happy for me. And I’m happy. They’re going to continue to crush it, too. And I have more of an opportunity to help the entire wrestling business in AEW.Adam Copeland on Sports Illustrated 3/10/23
I sat with this decision for a while. It wasn’t a quick overnight thing. When I looked at this on paper, it was a no-brainer. But I was thinking with my head and my heart, and those two things don’t always agree. My girls helped me see clearly on this decision. They love the idea that I get to work with Uncle Jay [Christian Cage], who is my best friend. My girls made it all make so much sense for me.Adam Copeland on Sports Illustrated 3/10/23