Adam Copeland and Christian Cage haven’t had a singles match since 2010, back when they were both with WWE and went by “Edge” and plain old “Christian”.
Two months after Copeland joined Cage in AEW, and after weeks of Christian denying his friend a tag team reunion and making numerous attempts to avoid facing him, they did it again in the Dec. 6 episode of Dynamite. If the gravity of the moment was lost on you, we got this great video package on their history and this story:
STILL TO COME later tonight in your #AEWDynamite main event sees the TNT Championship on the line as the challenger Adam Copeland takes on the champion Christian Cage!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 7, 2023
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Come main event time, the Montreal crowd was electric for a match where Cage’s TNT title was on the line. Not that Copeland seemed to care. The Rated R Superstar could barely wait for the bell, and once in rang wasted no time launching a brutal assault on his childhood friend.
Christian threatened to break Copeland’s neck in the build to tonight’s match, and he could have on the move that turned the tide — sending Cope throat first into the turnbuckle — about a third of the way through. The middle portion of the match was largely about how well each man knows the other, as they anticipated moves and countered them with regularity.
It looked like that would be a factor in the finish, with each avoiding a spear from the other. One of those saw fka Edge clip referee Bryce Remsburg with his foot — allowing Cage to hit a more devastating low blow on the official with his back turned.
With Remsburg down, Christian went for the TNT title. Cope dodged that leading to both men connecting with spears simultaneously. With everyone laid out, Shayna Wayne (mother of Cage’s “son”, The Prodigy Nick Wayne) arrived. She didn’t do a great job selling doubt about who to attack, so it wasn’t that shocking when she blasted Copeland with the belt. It certainly made narrative sense, since Cope laid her son out with a Con-Chair-To right before her eyes. Christian’s said some heinous things to and about her & her family, but when a mother saw a chance for payback on a man who tried to cripple her son — she took it.
From there, Cage hit the Killswitch and kept his title... but he wasn’t done. He stomped on Copeland’s neck and talked some trash before he left.
Customarily busy at the end, as The Patriarch’s matches often are. But it was a strong showing all around, which makes the fact a rematch is coming all the more appealing. Next time might be in some kind of structure to prevent interference, and after Copeland takes some time to sell his neck (and/or promote his new Disney+ show).
We’ll be looking forward to it, whenever and whatever it is.
Get complete results and coverage of everything on tonight’s Dynamite here.