(Heartland Newsfeed) — WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland confirms that he was in talks with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) prior to his return. An upcoming WWE Network documentary reveals this discussion.
AEW was not specifically under mention, but Copeland did refer to “another company within the industry.”
He would decide to return to WWE following a generous offer from Vince McMahon and management.
Edge: “Another company within the industry contacted me”
Transcription of a portion of this documentary was provided by Fightful:
SummerSlam happened and another company within the industry contacted me and said they were interested and wanted to know if I could wrestle. At this point, I didn’t know if I could.
I reached out to Vince and said, ‘I need to talk to you this weekend. It needs to be face to face, not through texts or phone calls.’ I went, sat down with him, and told him everything. It wasn’t trying to get a bidding war going or anything like that. WWE didn’t even know if this was possible. I didn’t know if this was possible. He said, ‘Well, this needs to happen here.’
I reached out to Vince and said, ‘I need to talk to you this weekend. It needs to be face to face, not through texts or phone calls.’ I went, sat down with him, and told him everything. It wasn’t trying to get a bidding war going or anything like that. WWE didn’t even know if this was possible. I didn’t know if this was possible. He said, ‘Well, this needs to happen here.’”
Medical clearance and return to action
Following the discussion with McMahon, Copeland received a clearance from WWE doctors to return to the company. He would make his pay-per-return at SummerSlam in August 2019, interrupting Elias during his performance and giving him a spear. His return to action, however, would take place at the Royal Rumble PPV in January. He was a surprise entrant in the titular match.
Copeland started his wrestling career in 1992 on the independent circuit. He would debut in the WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation, in 1996. He would make an announcement to retire in 2011 as a result of a previous neck injury.
The ‘Rated-R Superstar’ participated in a Last Man Standing match against Randy Orton during Sunday’s WrestleMania 36.
Gabriel Schray contributed to this report.
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