Adam Copeland: I Couldn't Think Of A Whole List Of Names In WWE For Me To Wrestle; In AEW, I Could

Adam Copeland discusses his departure from WWE.

Copeland shocked fans when he turned up at the end of the WrestleDream pay-per-view, as many thought that he was going to re-sign with WWE. Copeland had spent over three years with WWE since returning to the professional wrestling industry in early 2020 after being away for nearly ten years.

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Since making his debut for AEW, Copeland has talked about his departure from WWE on a number of occasions, citing that he didn't feel like there was much left for him to do in WWE.

In a new interview with The Ringer Wrestling Show, Copeland was asked if there was any creative differences between him and WWE near the end of his run. In response, the former 'Edge' implied that he felt there was no direction following the conclusion of his feud with the Judgment Day. Copeland also noted that he compared the rosters in both WWE and AEW, where he found that AEW had a number of fresh names for him to compete again.

“Honestly, it was after Judgment Day because okay, that story is done. So, hm? It was nothing from either part, there’s no ill will, there’s no hard feelings at all. I’m actually really happy about that because I love that company, it was just really at a certain point, you’ve been here 25 years — I was contracted for ten matches a year, I offered more because I thought, hey if I’m around more, I can contribute more and we can do deeper storylines but to their point, and it’s a very good point, [if] you’re around more, it feels less special and I know that. I know that can end up being the case with AEW, when it becomes a pattern, people go, ‘Okay, it’s that guy again’. But, I’m trying to look at the positives of that, I can do deeper. I can tell deeper stories this way instead of popping in every three months here and there. So, that’s really all it was, what else was there left to do? Even in terms of wrestling the majority of the current roster, there wasn’t a whole list of names I could think of. I looked at the other roster, and there was. That’s not a knock on anybody, it just means I got to wrestle a lot of really great people in that three and a half, four years I was with WWE on this last run.”

Copeland is set to make his in-ring debut for the company on the October 10 episode of AEW Dynamite. Fans can see the full lineup for that show by clicking here.

Copeland recently put the idea of him competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling out into the universe. Fans can learn more here.

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