As soon as Adam “Edge” Copeland came out of retirement back in 2020, it seemed lke he started getting asked about when he would hang up the boots again. It was certainly a hot topic last year as his WWE contract was coming up, with Copeland himself admitting it was a “very, very real option”.
It’s understandable. Copeland walked away from the ring in 2011 on the advice of doctors, who diagnosed him with cervical spinal stenosis and told him if he continued to wrestle he risked paralysis or even death. He was cleared before he returned of course, but he’s also 50 years old now and has said it takes him longer and longer to physically recover after matches.
When talking about how much longer he had left shortly after debuting for AEW, the Rated R Superstar didn’t know if that was one or two years. But in a new interview with Sam Roberts, Cope has settled on a time frame:
“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 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.”
As always, it sounds like Copeland has his priorities in order. He should be able to get a lot done between now and 2026. Heck, he might even be able to beat Christian Cage by then...
Check out the WWE Hall of Famer’s entire conversation with Roberts on the Notsam Wrestling here.