Adam Copeland came to AEW with one goal in mind, which was to help elevate younger talent and prepare them for the future. Copeland essentially did just that with his matches against the likes of Griff Garrison and Lee Moriarty in the past couple of weeks. Now, Copeland has defended his decision when it comes to his opponents.

On the January 6th episode of AEW Collision, Adam Copeland hosted an open challenge that was answered by Griff Garrison. In their six-minute match, Copeland emerged victorious, but the encounter highlighted Garrison’s character and wrestling skills.

The Rated R Superstar did the same thing for Lee Moriarty on last week’s episode of AEW Collison. Despite Copeland clearly trying to elevate the younger talent, fans have been critical of his choices.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Adam Copeland shared that he’s still thoroughly enjoying his current role in wrestling. He emphasized that anything he does at this stage of his life must be enjoyable, and wrestling remains his first love.


Copeland expressed that as long as he finds it fun, he will continue to be involved. He highlighted the pleasure he derives from working with a new generation of talent, experiencing matches with performers he hadn’t worked with before. The key factor for him is having fun, and as long as that continues, he sees no reason to step away.

“Anything I do at this stage of life has to be fun or I’m not going to do it. Wrestling was the first love and it always will be. That can never be taken away. I still find so much fun. The minute it stops being fun is the minute I need to be done. Because it was taken away from me the first time, and then to come back, and have this whole new generation of talent that I’ve never performed with or got in there with. It’s fun. I’ve repeatedly said how much fun I’m having. That’s what it boils down to. No matter what I’m doing, I’m having fun, or I wouldn’t be doing it. I wouldn’t be wrestling Griff Garrison if I didn’t find the fun in that. I wouldn’t be wrestling Lee Moriarty if I didn’t find the fun in that. It’s just a blast.”

This may sound like a lie, but I’m at a stage in life where, if it’s not fun, I don’t need the money. I know that sounds really bad, but I was always really smart. I still drive a pick-up truck. I don’t waste my money. It hurt too much to make. If I’m doing it, it’s purely for the joy of it.”

Adam Copeland also busted out some dance moves after AEW Battle of The Belts last week. Copeland made it clear he is in AEW to do business but also to have fun with his peers. Nonetheless, we will have to wait and see what the company has planned for the Rated R Superstar next.

What’s your view on what Adam Copeland had to say? Do you feel he is doing the right thing with his current direction in AEW? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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