Below is the full transcript of my interview with Edge that took place on Wednesday. Be sure and check out Edge’s appearance on “Haven” tonight at 10 PM on SyFy:
Richard Gray: Hey Edge, thanks so much for taking my call today.
Adam Copeland: How are you doing?
Richard Gray: Doing great.
Adam Copeland: Good.
Richard Gray: First thing that everyone wants to know (at least all the readers at WrsetlingNewsWorld.com) is there any chance you could end up on back on WWE TV anytime soon? Perhaps a cross promotion on SmackDown to promote your upcoming appearances on “Haven”?
Adam Copeland: I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t know if I’d really want to at this point. I mean I still think it’s too soon. To me it’s one of those deals, I never wanted to be one of those guys that retires and then you see him every week after that.
Initially I stuck around for a little bit to kind of get the culmination of the story with Christian, with the way we had to do it with, you know, my injury and everything, to kind of get that off and running. But I just personally feel like it would be too soon.
Unless it was something, an idea that came across and I was like, “Oh OK yes, that’s perfect.” But I think they also know that too. I just need a break from it.
Richard Gray: So you’re going to be appearing at SummerSlam Axxess a couple hours before the pay-per-view. Any plans for a cameo on the pay-per-view itself?
Adam Copeland: No. No, I will probably be on my way back to the hotel waiting for Christian and [Dolph] Ziggler to go have some sushi.
Richard Gray: That sounds good [sushi].
Richard Gray: Are you in any hurry to shed the Edge character and reinvent yourself as Adam Copeland, kind of like what The Rock did with Dwayne Johnson or are you happy using your alter-ego? I mean obviously you accomplished everything as Edge, do you really want to kind of to embrace the Edge character into acting, or is it something you kind of want to transition and kind of reinvent yourself?
Adam Copeland: You know what? I’ll never shed Edge, never want to. It’s part of what got me to where I am now. That’s how everyone knows me. But I have never introduced myself as Edge, to this day. I always introduce myself as Adam. That’s never going to change, that’s just always the way it’s going to be.
But I understand that that’s how kind of a generation of people and kids have known me. So I think if a show has me on it, they would probably want to promote me as that. And I understand that and accept that.
I guess I don’t think you ever really shed something that’s so ingrained with people. I don’t think Rock will ever shed Rock. I think you know, Dwayne Johnson may be a part of it, but he’s always going to be The Rock to people too.
So that’s kind of the way I look at it. And I’ll have a working relationship with WWE, so I guess it works out for everybody really. It wasn’t one of those things where I was trying to get away from wrestling to become an actor. I’d still be wrestling right now if my neck wouldn’t cause a chance to be in a wheelchair.
So it was one of those deals where it’s like, “Okay, they’re (unintelligible) and now acting opportunities are coming my way, “Okay cool, yes I’ll do that.” But that doesn’t mean I’ll ever be ashamed of Edge or ashamed of my career or try and shed that. I’m proud of that.
Richard Gray: Well speaking along those same lines, would you ever consider a return to WWE in maybe an off-air role, maybe even in a backstage role as a producer or something like that?
Adam Copeland: I don’t think so. I don’t think so. I think to be that close to it and not be able to do it, at this point anyway, it doesn’t seem like something I would enjoy. Maybe 10 years down the road, 5 years down the road, when I’ve moved far enough away from the reactions and things like that then maybe I could do it.
But I also don’t know if I would want to because that would involve just as much travel as I had before. And when I’ve been able to kind of pigeonhole my neck pain down to when I travel, my neck hurts. And I don’t feel like hitting a different town every day anymore.
Richard Gray: Do you keep up with WWE now? Have you been watching the stuff with CM Punk? I know that’s been the big buzz everywhere. You still been following programming?
Adam Copeland: No, actually. I’ve been watching Christian’s stuff. So I’ll DVR SmackDown and then I’ll watch his stuff. But no, I really just wanted to step away from it. And I think maybe it was one of those deals, okay if I can’t do it, so watching it right now still might be a little funky for me, I don’t know. I don’t know what it is.
But yes, I guess what I’m trying to do is step into just everyday life and not have to have wrestling be a part of it all the time or all that I think of. So I never wanted to be one of those guys that has to be Edge 24/7, I always tried to keep a very, very stark separation between the two.
I never wanted to kind of live the gamut type thing. Not that just watching the show would cause that but I don’t know, I’m just not at a point where I really want to sit back and think, “Ah man, it’d still be fun to be out there.”
Richard Gray: You got to go out as World Heavyweight Champion and relinquish the belt on your own terms. Had you have known that your match at WrestleMania against Alberto Del Rio was going to be your last would there be anything you’d do differently or were you pleased with how it went down?
Adam Copeland:Well even that day I wish it had been longer. But that’s just from the wanting to tell the absolute best story that you can.
We had a lot of business to take care of that day though with the car, the long entrance ways, all of those things, and at that point thought going forward that we had a whole storyline to culminate all of this in, kind of not realizing that this would be the culmination. It segued into Christian and where it went.
It didn’t really bother me too much, but I mean sure I would have liked to have taken even just an extra five minutes to really get across the story so that I’ve always been a big false finish guy, and like to really come up with some good false finishes. It’s kind of been one of the things I’ve always done.
So I would have liked to have had an opportunity to maybe get people a little more invested in them with more time. But I was still really happy with all of the reactions and everything. I don’t sit there and – really I hadn’t thought about it until just now.
Richard Gray: Christian went on to Extreme Rules and essentially took your spot and ended up winning the title that night. What was it like watching Christian win the belt with so many emotions [your retirement, his rise to the top] and dropping it to Randy Orton the following Tuesday? Did that upset you or were you aware of the big picture [with Christian now the current World Heavyweight Champion].
Adam Copeland: Well I always look at the big picture. I always try to get a kick out of how people get so worked up about it, and that’s cool because that means they’re passionate and they’re fans of it.
But if they don’t know where it’s going, it’s tough to make that kind of educated, “Okay, well this is bad, this is good.” Well you don’t know if it’s bad or good yet because you don’t where it’s going. I appreciate reactions and things like that, but knowing where it was going I was like, “Well this is going to be great for him.”
Would you rather be, maybe the Number 2 Baby Face on the show or the Number 1 Heel? Me personally; I want to be the Number 1 Heel. And knowing how good he is at being a heel, I thought that it would end up being really good for him — and it has.
Richard Gray:And it has been. It’s nice to see Christian finally break through. Well one more and then I’ll let you go. The WWE Hall of Fame — you’ve accomplished everything, multiple World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion — is it something that you would be interested in if asked? And if asked, who would you have induct you?
Adam Copeland: Sure it’d be cool. Yes, I mean I think it’d be. You look at it and go, “Okay, yes that’s definitely something that, if they ever decide, yes great.” I wouldn’t say, “No.”
And then induction-wise, you’ve got to go with Christian. I don’t know who else besides him you could even contemplate choosing for it. I think he’s the gimme for sure.
Richard Gray: All right, Edge thanks a lot for speaking with me, I really appreciate it. Take care of yourself.
Adam Copeland: Thank you, you too.