WWE legend Edge has revealed he rejected an offer from All Elite Wrestling before coming out of retirement at the Royal Rumble.
The 46-year-old, real name Adam Copeland, was forced to retire in 2011 due to a neck injury but shocked the world in January with a comeback.
The Hall of Famer is now preparing for his first singles match in nearly a decade tonight as he battles Randy Orton at WrestleMania 36.
However, speaking about his situation on the WWE 24 special, Edge revealed he held talks with a rival company before thrashing out a multi-year contract with WWE boss Vince McMahon.
He said: “So, some discussions were had. The one thing that I told them through all of this is, ‘When you give me your offer, I need to go talk to Vince [McMahon]. He’s done right by me my entire career.’
“He gave me my chance. He gave me my shot. Trusted me to be able to pull off a lot of things. To be able to help pull the cart. To be a pillar for his shows. To be counted on as one of his generals. That goes a long way with me.”
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Despite being offered a package with AEW, the star insists he was not trying to up the ante by telling McMahon and WWE.
Edge added: “It wasn’t trying to get a bidding war thing going. It wasn’t any of that.
“WWE didn’t even know whether this was possible. I didn’t fully know it was possible. And [Vince] said, ‘Well, this needs to happen here.’” Click here for the full match card for tonight’s second part of WrestleMania 36.