Since parting ways with WWE in 2020, Matt Cardona has rebranded himself as one of the most versatile talents on the independent wrestling circuit. Not only has he captured multiple championships, but he's also delved into the brutal world of deathmatches, all while claiming the coveted NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title.
Now, he has set his sights on an electrifying dream match—squaring off against AEW’s latest marquee signing, Adam Copeland. The prospect of a showdown between Cardona and Copeland is a nostalgic nod to wrestling aficionados.
The duo, along with Brian Myers, Cardona's long-term tag team partner, initially garnered attention as "Edgeheads" during their WWE stint. This trio served as the supporting cast to Adam Copeland, better known to WWE fans as the "Rated-R Superstar." They played pivotal roles in aiding Copeland during his World Heavyweight Championship defense at WWE's "Armageddon" in 2007.
Surprisingly, despite their close association, Cardona and Copeland have never faced off in a one-on-one confrontation. The two wrestlers only found themselves on opposing sides once, during the 2010 "Royal Rumble" match.
Copeland's brief retirement in 2011 seemed to permanently halt the potential of a face-off, only for the superstar to make a stunning comeback at WWE's "Royal Rumble" in 2020.
But just as fans started to entertain the possibility of the long-awaited showdown, Cardona was released from WWE in April 2020. However, the winds of change may finally be blowing in the right direction. Copeland's recent departure from WWE to join AEW reignites the possibility of this dream match.
Cardona, who briefly wrestled in AEW in 2020, may find the path cleared for this once-unimaginable bout. While there is still no official confirmation, the pieces appear to be falling into place. With both talents now free from their WWE contracts and Copeland making waves in AEW, it seems the wrestling gods might finally bless fans with this legacy-defining encounter.
Time will tell if Cardona and Copeland will clash in an AEW ring, but for now, it’s the dream match wrestling fans didn’t know they needed, but absolutely deserve. Could this be the moment where history comes full circle? We'll have to wait and see. But one thing is certain: the wrestling community is buzzing with anticipation.
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