Adam Copeland debuted for AEW at last night’s WrestleDream event. Since 1996, Copeland has worked exclusively for the WWE. Him signing with AEW has upset some hardcore WWE fans. They expressed their sense of betrayal on X.
WWE help you for 11 years straight when you were injured and now you betrayed them 🤦🏾♂️
— Wayne (@WayneAlt1) October 2, 2023
I can’t even feel the same no more. Dawg betrayed WWE I thought Edge was a loyal one
— 6X 🦅 (@dmoney6X_) October 2, 2023
Edge you in WWE was a special thing after all this time THEY WANTED YOU and you slap them across the face after all they’ve done for you. I’m just hoping this a year long contract and you finish in WWE next year.
— Sema (@UltimateSema) October 2, 2023
You technically took a step down with AEW
— Rikakoism (@Manakan2397) October 2, 2023
I hope Edge AEW run flops 😂
— 2Tz (@Thereal2tz) October 2, 2023
Adam Copeland issued a public statement in reaction to these and other comments.
“As some of you may now know, I’m no longer with WWE. My new home is AEW. I’m excited. Whole new roster. Some familiar faces that I wanted to work with again and a whole set of first ever matches. New challenges, and if you’ve followed my career, you know that’s what I’ve always been driven by,” he began.
“But first and foremost I want to address my 25 years with WWE. I love WWE and appreciate everything the company did for me. Always have, always will. They put me on the map, gave me amazing opportunities and through hard work on both ends, I’ve been supplied with a wonderful life. Hell, WWE helped me meet the woman I’d start my family with. Sometimes relationships just grow apart and I feel the WWE and I have just outgrown each other. I wanted to do more. They didn’t have much more for me to do. Simple as that. And that’s ok. I’ll still be watching and still be supporting all of my friends there,” he continued.
He then gave his view on modern wrestling as a performer and a fan:
“I don’t buy into this odd mentality of one company or the other. It’s weird. If you took offense to that, take a walk, get some fresh air and soak up some sunshine. It’s wrestling. An amazing gig. But still, it’s wrestling. Relax. It’s supposed to be fun. And it’s just a segment of the fans, not most fans, and definitely not the performers. Within the industry we all know that more choices is better for everyone and pushes us all to be better. As a wrestling fan, which I still am, it’s exciting that there’s viable companies providing wrestling on national and worldwide platforms. If you’re actually a fan of wrestling, and not acronyms, that should make you happy too,” he said.
He then concluded:
“I guess what I’m trying to say is this, if you’ve appreciated my work, you still can, no matter what the initials are. Because I’ll still be bustin my ass everytime I’m out there. This ride isn’t over just yet. Just try to have fun, like it should be. Because trust me I’ll be having fun everytime I’m out there in an AEW ring. Let’s go!“.
Copeland is now part of the full-time roster, appearing every week on AEW television. He will be on Dynamite and Collision this week. He also has his first match already booked. He will be taking on Luchasaurus at the October 10th Dynamite and Rampage tapings in Kansas City.