Adam Copeland Explains His Intent For Recent Promo On AEW Dynamite

Adam Copeland

Adam Copeland has discussed why he felt the need to do a recent promo about why it’s a great time to be a fan of professional wrestling.

The AEW TNT Champion Adam Copeland started the April 3rd episode of Dynamite with a promo from the heart. He did the promo without the TNT Title and chose to speak to the crowd in a way that made it feel more than a wrestling promo.

Here’s part of what Copeland said in his promo.

“When I thought about my career, because I’m closer to the end than to the start, I knew I needed to end my career in AEW. I will put our locker room against anybody. I can face Will Ospreay. I can face Kenny Omega. Hangman, Swerve, Joe, Moxley, Darby, I can face FTR, the Young Bucks, The House of Black, and by the way, those are all first time ever matches. How crazy is that? That happens in AEW.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the industry. They call me and say, ‘Hey, it looks like you’re having a blast there.’ It’s because I am. This is the most fun I’ve had in my 32 year professional career. So, I celebrate AEW. I celebrate the men who started AEW. That means the Bucks, that means Kenny, that means Cody, that means Tony Khan.”

“These guys are all fans, just like all of you. We love this! AEW has pushed this industry into a better place! It has gotten more people to do what they love for a living, and that should be celebrated. AEW makes pro wrestling better. AEW makes wrestling more fun. And AEW is where the best wrestle!”

While Copeland was praised for the promo, many fans and observers saw it as a response to CM Punk’s interview with Ariel Helwani where he took shots at how Tony Khan runs AEW. It was reported that Khan was very upset about Punk’s interview so having a respected veteran like Copeland, who spent 25 years wrestling in WWE as Edge, put over AEW was seen as a message from the company.

In an interview with CHEK Media, Adam Copeland was asked if he saw CM Punk’s lengthy interview while claiming he was in AEW to have fun and help people.

“I didn’t, no. I just saw clips. I have better things to do. I really do. I have kids. I don’t really care what anybody really has to say.

“However, what I will say is, from the small clips, I realized that our locker room needed a good message. So, last week, I went out and spoke to that. It’s a young locker room, and it’s a young locker room that, for me, because it’s a different time, we try to support each other.

“I came in to locker rooms where it was everybody for themselves and it was a bunch of great whites. I never subscribed to that. I always subscribed to the Bret Hart school of, ‘You can help.’ You can help young people and try and be positive and show that you don’t have to be a d**k. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Adam Copeland Wants To Focus On The Positives

As he continued, Adam Copeland commented on the positive attitude that he has when it comes to pro wrestling.

“For me, I try to focus on the positives. There are so many negatives in the world today. They are both there to find. Why not look for the positives? For me, our young locker room needed to hear the positives. That’s why I went out and did what I did last week. I don’t need to search out the other stuff. I have better things to do, I have kids to put to bed. I have the Maple Leafs to watch.”

This past Wednesday on AEW Dynamite, Adam Copeland successfully defended the TNT Title against Penta El Zero Miedo. While it was a great match, the company also chose to show CM Punk/Jack Perry AEW All In fight footage, which has led to a lot of criticism for a company that can’t seem to stop mentioning Punk even though they fired him over eight months ago.