Adam Copeland has revealed how he kept his AEW debut a surprise.
At WrestleDream on October 1st, speculation on the future of Copeland – formerly known as Edge – came to an end when he made his first appearance in AEW. The Rated-R Superstar came to the aid of Darby Allin and Sting just as his longtime tag partner Christian Cage was about to hit a con-chair-to on the fallen Icon.
Copeland received a thunderous ovation from the Seattle crowd as he saw off Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne to close the show.
On the post-WrestleDream media scrum, the WWE Hall of Famer explained how he kept himself hidden ahead of his debut, saying he stayed in a “sketchy neighbourhood” 15 minutes away from Seattle.
“Oh man, I was sequestered — I sequestered myself in a hotel room [laughs] I mean, we were in some sketchy neighborhoods. Darby took us to some sketchy places, like ‘ain’t nobody here gonna worry about Adam Copeland here’ kind of thing. So, nobody saw us. And then I went to my hotel room and I would sneak out to get food.”
It was during one of these trips for food that Copeland was recognised, but thankfully the fan that saw him kept quiet about the encounter.
“This one kid, bless his heart, I’m at this burger joint and I just really wanted a cheeseburger because I hadn’t eaten for 14 hours. I was like, ‘I just want to get a cheeseburger.’ So I’m in there and I’m reading my book, because I bring a book everywhere when I eat.”
“I looked up and he went [makes shocked face]. I went [makes shhhh noise and puts his finger to his mouth]. [And the kid says back] ‘OK! OK…’ And that was it! That was the only time I had that encounter because the rest of the time I was [wearing a hoodie] and all that. So that’s what happened. I was out in Redmond.”
Adam Copeland could “plug the gap” in AEW left by CM Punk
Copeland’s decision to join AEW has come at a fortuitous time for the company after the firing of CM Punk.
It has been reported that the former Edge is open to helping out in multiple capacities beyond wrestling for the promotion. This could include filling the gap left by Punk as the star was known to have duties behind the scenes, including helping with the creative direction of Collision.
H/T to WrestleZone for the above transcription.