In a shocking turn of events at the WrestleDream pay-per-view on October 1, Adam Copeland, famously known as Edge in the world of professional wrestling, made his debut in All Elite Wrestling (AEW). What made this debut even more iconic was Copeland’s entrance to his WWE theme song, “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge, leaving fans wondering how this was possible. In this article, we’ll delve into the intriguing details behind this music choice and Copeland’s continued use of his ‘Rated-R Superstar’ nickname in AEW.
The WrestleDream pay-per-view took an unexpected twist when Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne were assaulting Darby Allin and Sting in the closing moments of the event. Just when it seemed like there was no hope for the targeted duo, Alter Bridge’s “Metalingus” echoed through the arena, and the wrestling world witnessed Edge’s AEW debut, complete with his iconic theme music.
This unexpected use of Edge’s WWE entrance theme in AEW has raised eyebrows and generated considerable curiosity among fans. However, it turns out that there is a straightforward explanation for this surprising development.
Fightful Select, a reputable source for wrestling news, reported that WWE did not hold exclusive licensing rights to the song “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge. This means that there was nothing legally preventing AEW from also licensing the song for use as Edge’s entrance music. This revelation dispels any misconceptions about the song being tied solely to WWE.
Furthermore, the use of Edge’s ‘Rated-R Superstar’ nickname is also intriguing. Fightful noted that WWE had allowed their trademark for this term to lapse and had not renewed it before Edge’s departure. This meant that the nickname was up for grabs, and AEW seized the opportunity to use it for one of their most significant acquisitions.
Interestingly, there were some within AEW who were reportedly surprised by the ease with which they could use Edge’s iconic WWE theme music and nickname. This surprise reflects the ever-evolving landscape of professional wrestling, where intellectual property rights and trademarks can play a significant role in shaping a wrestler’s identity.
Following his memorable AEW debut, Adam Copeland took to social media to share a statement explaining his decision to leave WWE. While the details of his departure remain private, Copeland expressed his excitement about the new chapter in his career, aligning himself with AEW and its rapidly growing roster of talent.
Adam Copeland’s AEW debut with his WWE entrance theme music “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge has been one of the most talked-about moments in recent wrestling history. The revelation that WWE did not hold exclusive rights to the song, coupled with the lapse of the ‘Rated-R Superstar’ trademark, allowed Copeland to seamlessly transition into his new wrestling home. This landmark debut highlights the evolving landscape of professional wrestling and the importance of intellectual property rights in defining a wrestler’s identity. As Copeland begins this exciting new chapter in his career, wrestling fans can undoubtedly look forward to more unforgettable moments in the world of AEW.