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Former Intercontinental Champion Makes Surprise Return On AEW Collision To Face Edge

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Below are a couple of top AEW & WWE news stories of the day.

• Tonight’s episode of AEW Collision kicked off with WWE Hall of Famer Edge aka Adam Copeland holding an open challenge for his TNT Championship.

The open challenge was answered by former WWE Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder, now known as Matt Cardona.

This was Cardona’s return to AEW, as he had a short run in the company back in 2020.

Copeland won this match to retain the TNT Title. After the match, the lights went out and Malakai Black was standing in the ring when they came back on. Buddy Matthews attacked Copeland from behind.

This led to Mark Briscoe coming out to make the save, but Black & Matthews took him out. Eddie Kingston then came out to make the save. Copeland and Briscoe got up to fight as well. The lights went out and House of Black escaped.

• AJ Styles made his official WWE debut at Royal Rumble 2016.

During an interview on Fanatics Live, Styles revealed that Vince McMahon didn’t know who he was when he debuted.

The interesting part here is that Styles referred to McMahon as “redacted name”.

Here’s what The Phenomenal One said:

“I think I’m 37 when I come to WWE. The redacted name did not know me. He had no clue who I was. I think it was guys who had worked with me, probably with TNA and whatnot, that were able to say, ‘Let this guy come in third at the Rumble’. Finally, he’s like, ‘Fine, let him’.

Then, the reaction happened, but he still didn’t believe it. He was like, ‘it’s a fluke’. The next night, I had a match and it was okay but it wasn’t anything special. He’s like, ‘I have 100 guys who can do what you just did’.

What he was saying was true. I was trying to be something that is trying to be the babyface. I should have just been AJ Styles. He told me what he wanted and I was like, ‘I know that guy’.”

You can watch it below:

As we have noted before, Vince McMahon is now banned from being mentioned on WWE programming due to his sexual assault allegations.

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