In a jaw-dropping revelation, Adam Copeland, better known as WWE's "Rated-R Superstar" Edge, recently delved into the abrupt narrative twist that saw him ousted from his faction, Judgment Day. This shocking development unfolded on WWE Raw following the 2022 Hell in a Cell event.
The night was marked by the betrayal of Edge by his faction members Finn Balor, Rhea Ripley, and Damian Priest—just after introducing Balor as the newest addition to the group. Appearing on the "Talk is Jericho" podcast, Copeland shared that the betrayal was not part of the original game plan.
"The initial storyline was for Balor to join Judgment Day and for all of them to turn on me about a year down the line," he explained. However, the creative team decided to fast-track this year-long arc. "I got to Hell in a Cell, and suddenly, the directive was, 'No, we're speeding up the timeline.
Balor is joining and betraying you—effective immediately.' "
The abrupt change puzzled Copeland and made him question WWE's strategic vision for his character. "We were just beginning to get some traction with Judgment Day.
I truly believed that the faction could have gone far with my guidance. This sudden about-face made me question whether WWE had any long-term plans for me or the group," he lamented. It's worth noting that Edge invested significantly in the Judgment Day storyline.
He updated his appearance by getting 30 tailored suits, trimming his hair, adopting new theme music, and tweaking his wrestling style. But Copeland admitted, "I tried changing every possible aspect of my character to make this work, only to realize that, perhaps, the creative team wasn't fully onboard with this vision." This narrative U-turn has left fans perplexed and raised concerns about WWE's storytelling consistency and long-term planning.
Edge's candid revelations certainly add a layer of intrigue and could serve as a case study for how hastily changing creative directions can impact talent and viewer engagement.