Adam Copeland admits that retirement was a real option following his match with Sheamus in Toronto.
All Elite Wrestling‘s Adam Copeland recently sat down with Shakiel Mahjouri of CBS Sports. When asked if he had any thoughts of retiring this year before signing with AEW, Copeland admitted that retirement was a real option for him as his WWE deal was coming to an end.
“As I got closer to the end of the deal, retirement was a very, very real option. It was not off the table…” Adam Copeland said. “I really sat with the idea of retirement because I truly thought like, ‘Man, WWE gave me that night. I don’t know how that gets topped.’ And that’s still in my brain.
“But I guess now it’s like, ‘OK, how can I try and top it in this new environment.’ Honestly, that Toronto show was a send-off of that character and it was the perfect way for that character to go out. Wrestling a guy that I’ve never wrestled that I always wanted to. It was just so much fun in there. That night, I’ll never forget it. I’ll always have that night with me. I told Sheamus that too. That will be one of the most special nights in my career, always.”
While Copeland initially told the media that his WWE contract was up at the end of September, it actually expired on September 21 which allowed him and All Elite Wrestling to come together on a deal rather quickly in time for WrestleDream.
“It wasn’t until my contract was up on [Sept. 21]. It wasn’t until then,” Adam Copeland said. “So it was really, really quick to get everything done and get everything dialed in. Figuring out so many things like getting with Alter Bridge and getting the music and doing all of those things. There were nine or 10 days.
“I didn’t know immediately, but I thought that’s where I wanted to go. I really thought that working with Jay again was what I wanted to do and how I pictured it in a perfect world. Beth said, ‘What’s your perfect world? ‘I was like, ‘My perfect world is that I end my career with Jay.’ So suddenly that perfect world looked like it could be there. It’s tough to pass that up.”
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