WWE legend Edge made his debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on Sunday night in Seatle.
The Rated R Superstar’s appearance in AEW shocked many wrestling fans especially given that the 49-year-old was seen in WWE a few weeks ago.
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Edge, whose real name is Adam Copeland, took to X, formely known as Twitter, to address the fans.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Edge joins AEW after 25 years with WWE
“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,” Edge added.
Edge began his WWE career back in 1998 but only became a major star around 2002 before injury kept him out for over a year. In 2005, the Rated R Superstar went on to win his first WWE title after cashing in his money in the bank contract. Between 2006-2010, he was rated amonst the top five best wrestlers in the company alongside Batista, John Cena, Randy Orton and The Undertaker.
“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,” he said.
In 2011, Edge was forced to retire from wrestling due to a neck injury. While retired, the 49-year-old appeared in a number of films and tv series before returning to WWE in 2020.