Adam Copeland Thinks He & WWE Had “Outgrown Each Other”

Adam Copeland makes AEW debut at WrestleDream

Adam Copeland has explained why he thinks it was time to leave WWE.

Tony Khan touted the start of a new era in AEW at WrestleDream and it seems the Rated-R era has arrived as the man known for decades as Edge made his debut in the company.

The announcers for the show were silenced as the familiar music – complete with all-new “You think you know me” – echoed throughout Seattle before confirming that he will be known as The Rated-R Superstar Adam Copeland.

Copeland looked at first to be reuniting with his long-time partner Christian Cage and his villainous allies Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne after Wayne helped Cage retain the TNT Title against Darby Allin. Instead, Copeland turned a steel chair on Luchasaurus and Wayne as Cage walked away from the carnage.

Taking to social media, Adam Copeland addressed his switch to AEW and commented on his time in WWE, saying there was simply not much left for him to do there:

“From The Desk of…

“As some of you may now know, I’m no longer with WWE. My new home is AEW. I’m excited. Whole new roster. Some familiar faces that I wanted to work with again and a whole set of first ever matches. New challenges, and if you’ve followed my career, you know that’s what I’ve always been driven by.

“But first and foremost I want to address my 25 years with WWE. I love WWE and appreciate everything the company did for me. Always have, always will. They put me on the map, gave me amazing opportunities and through hard work on both ends, I’ve been supplied with a wonderful life. Hell, WWE helped me meet the woman I’d start my family with.

“Sometimes relationships just grow apart and I feel the WWE and I have just outgrown each other. I wanted to do more. They didn’t have much more for me to do. Simple as that. And that’s ok. I’ll still be watching and still be supporting all of my friends there.

“I don’t buy into this odd mentality of one company or the other. It’s weird. If you took offense to that, take a walk, get some fresh air and soak up some sunshine. It’s wrestling. An amazing gig. But still, it’s wrestling. Relax. It’s supposed to be fun.

“And it’s just a segment of the fans, not most fans, and definitely not the performers. Within the industry we all know that more choices is better for everyone and pushes us all to be better. As a wrestling fan, which I still am, it’s exciting that there’s viable companies providing wrestling on national and worldwide platforms. If you’re actually a fan of wrestling, and not acronyms, that should make you happy too.

“I guess what I’m trying to say is this, if you’ve appreciated my work, you still can, no matter what the initials are. Because I’ll still be bustin my ass everytime I’m out there. This ride isn’t over just yet. Just try to have fun, like it should be. Because trust me I’ll be having fun everytime I’m out there in an AEW ring.

“Let’s go!”

When will Adam Copeland have his first match in AEW?

Adam Copeland last competed as Edge in WWE on the August 18th edition of SmackDown where he defeated Sheamus in what turned out to be his final bout in the company.

Tony Khan has already revealed that Copeland will be live on the October 4th edition of Dynamite and will have his first bout in the company one week later on a special Title Tuesday edition of the show on the 10th of October when he will face Luchasaurus.