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- Speaking with Newsweek, Edge described his initial thought process regarding his character upon returning in 2020 and his search to find the Rated R Superstar again.
“I was just playing the grizzled veteran. I'm Logan. I'm Rocky Balboa. I'm trying to get through and show that I still got that fighting spirit, but I don't know. It was the addition of Bryan into this that made me realize I can't do that. That's not gonna work now," Copeland explained.
"Now I have to flip the switch and find the Rated R Superstar again. I gotta find the character that's dangerous. I gotta find a different side to this three-man match because Bryan is the perennial underdog. He's that guy who is always fighting from underneath and won't stop fighting, so I can't take that lane now," Copeland continued. " Because nobody's going to do that lane better than him, I had to pivot and figure something out. I just got to dip into that guy again. That guy whose only motivation is the title; not just happy to be back and try and hang, or try and go toe-to-toe with this era."
“I feel the same. There's never been someone that dresses like me, at least not before Paige. Paige leaned into it a little bit, but I feel like I take it a step further in trying to really harness who I am as a person. 'Cause I wear this stuff in everyday life, too. When I'm not going to the gym and I actually dress up for something, I wear this. It's different from everyone else, but it locks into a certain person and crew. It's my crew.”
Elsewhere, she spoke about WWE being an early influence in her music taste.
“Growing up music-wise, I listened to a lot of different genres because I had different friend groups, I listened to different music so I experimented in everything. But I remember watching RAW and hearing Papa Roach for the first time and thinking, "These guys are really cool, like, I really like this song." So I looked them up on YouTube and you know how that goes, you just keep watching the next videos and going through playlists and it's got all different bands. I remember thinking, "This music is sick. It's getting me pumped up." So I started downloading the music and listening more, especially in high school, every time in class I'd either be watching Dragon Ball Z or listening to music. [Laughs] That's pretty much what my schooling years were like, which isn't the best thing to say. Kids, don't follow in my footsteps! But that's what my life was. I remember being in art class and sitting there with my headphones drawing, listening to Suicide Silence and headbanging. I'd start opening mouth like I was screaming. My friend started recording me like, "What the hell is she doing?" I still listen to a bunch of the bands from high school, like, I haven't ventured too far away from that.”
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“I get this question all the time – where do you come up with the Bro. Well, I said bro like in my whole life. I say it a lot. It's just a word. But when I get to professional wrestling the fans want something to chant, something to say, something to do for you. And unlike other sports and entertainment, the fans play a huge part in it. I thought the word would be a great way to get involved. So, when I got to Evolve, I said it in promos and stuff. But more so, when I finish opponents in matches, I would yell bro. So, that’s how it started.”
- Fun facts: Abandon has a pet spider, sleeps zero hours per night, does not have a fav holiday, dead or alive would like to have dinner with herself, spirit animal is a bat.
- RJ City will be on WWE Network as part of 37 hours of WrestleMania content.
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