Edge Leaves WWE Smackdown; Rumored AEW Debut in 2023



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Edge Leaves WWE Smackdown; Rumored AEW Debut in 2023
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Following his run on WWE Smackdown post-Wrestlemania 39, Edge, one of the wrestling world's most iconic figures, has been noticeably absent from major storylines. His limited appearances were restricted to a handful of standalone matches.

Recent chatter has hinted at Edge's potential move to AEW, with these rumors gaining traction due to recent reports on the wrestler. On the August 18 episode of WWE Smackdown, the Toronto-native Edge squared off against Sheamus, marking what many believe to be his last match under the current WWE contract.

Although the warmth and emotion of his Toronto farewell seemed to suggest a permanent exit from WWE, no new contract has been announced, leaving fans and insiders alike speculating on his next move.

Edge's Roster Shift

In a significant update, renowned wrestling journalist, Mike Johnson from PWInsider, revealed that Edge has been shifted from the active WWE Smackdown talent roster to a "miscellaneous" category.

This list features names such as Braun Strowman, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Titus O'Neil, and Big E, suggesting a nebulous status within the company. Johnson noted, "It's a designation for talent either not actively performing, injured, or whose on-screen roles remain uncertain." Contrastingly, WWE's official website continues to recognize Edge as an active performer.

However, sources confirm the WWE Hall of Famer's contract has expired. With Edge's evident departure from WWE, industry whispers suggest a potential leap to AEW. One factor fuelling these speculations is the opportunity for Edge to reunite with former tag team partner, Christian Cage, and allies, FTR.

Adding to the rumor mill, Ringside News recently reported that despite Edge's appearance in the show's opening sequence, insiders don't expect him to return to WWE Smackdown. Furthermore, Sean Sapp from Fightful has indicated that there's growing anticipation within AEW about Tony Khan possibly signing Adam Copeland, Edge's real name.

In an industry where shifts and surprises are a norm, Edge's next move is eagerly awaited. Whether it's a return to WWE or a thrilling debut in AEW, the wrestling community is abuzz with anticipation.

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