Adam Copeland Lays Out Retirement Timetable

Adam Copeland entrance AEW Dynamite

Adam Copeland has revealed when he expects to retire.

After being given a new lease of life and a chance to resume his wrestling career back in 2020, Adam Copeland is keen not to outstay his welcome.

Copeland initially returned to the ring with WWE as Edge but made the switch to AEW in October 2023 to end his career alongside Christian Cage.

During a new interview with Brandon Walker on Mostly Sports the WWE Hall of Famer was asked about the differences between his two runs before giving an update on his retirement plans.

“I’ve lived a lot more life. As strange as that sounds, it actually does add to your utility belt out there. As a performer, any kind of performer, they have to dip into a place to pull the character off. It’s the same with wrestling.

That, more than anything, is what I’ve noticed coming back. Some of the skillset I got in the acting I did during those nine years off, I did over 100 episodes of television when I was retired. You kind of pull those things back with you. I feel that’s the biggest difference. I might not be as fast as I used to be, but I feel mentally I’m better than I’ve ever been.

That is why a guy like Tom Brady goes, ‘Yeah, well, mentally, I’m better than I’ve ever been. I see the game better than I’ve ever seen it.’ I think that’s the struggle. That’s kind of how I feel, but I’m also a realist.

I don’t want to be that guy who sticks around to the point where a young guy looks at the sheet and goes, ‘Ah, okay, I have to wrestle him tonight.’ I don’t want to be that guy.

I want young guys to still be excited if they’re going to hop in there with me. I figure maybe I have a year and a half left, give or take. Hopefully, I’ve gotten all the ‘yeah, yeahs’ out by that point,”

Adam Copeland Thankful Wrestling Has Changed

Speaking elsewhere, the former WWE star reflected on his long and successful career, including some moments he’d probably like to forget.

While discussing his infamous “live sex celebration” with Lita back in 2006, Adam Copeland said he’s glad wrestling has moved beyond those kinds of sleazy segments.

Copeland will be back in action on the April 17th episode of Dynamite when he teams with Willow Nightingale to take on Brody King and Julia Hart.

H/t Fightful