Adam Copeland recently appeared on the Not Sam Wrestling podcast, where he discussed various aspects of his wrestling career, the differences between the Attitude Era and today’s wrestling landscape, and his decision to join AEW.
Comparing the Attitude Era to today’s wrestling, Edge acknowledged that the quality of in-ring wrestling has improved significantly in modern times. However, he highlighted a key difference in character development.
During the Attitude Era, every wrestler had a distinct and established character, which resonated with the audience. Edge believes that in recent years, the emphasis on wrestling skills may have somewhat overshadowed character development. He stressed the importance of making fans care about the character, as it enhances the impact of the moves performed in the ring.
Regarding his decision to join AEW, Edge mentioned that he is aware of his limited time in the wrestling business. He sees a two-year window to accomplish as much as he can in this phase of his career. The reduced schedule in AEW allows him to balance his wrestling career with his responsibilities as a father and partner. Edge expressed his desire to contribute to the development of talent and tell compelling stories during this period of his career. He believes AEW offers him the opportunity to achieve these goals while making the most of the time he has left in professional wrestling.
“I can do this for a limited time, because it is all limited. Even though it’s been four or five years back now, it’s not like I got another four or five in front of me. I know I don’t. We’re looking at like a two year window here to be able to get as much done as I can get done, tell as many stories as I can, and try and help talent along the way with that and I need to be there more and to do that and I want to be there more to do that because even still, it’s not like the schedule was back when I was riding 220 or 250 days a year. At most, it’s two times a week and that’s very doable to still be the dad I need to be, to be the partner I need to be. I still have the time and the energy to do that because it’s not as all consuming as it was. I don’t let it be as all consuming as it used to be either. But by the schedule, it just becomes less all consuming. I wanted to be able to do as much as I could while I could and that felt like the place I was going to be able to be allowed to do that. That’s when it really, I was like, that’s where I gotta go.”
Overall, Edge’s interview provides insights into the evolving wrestling landscape and his personal motivations for joining AEW.
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