"On this day, I see clearly..." Watch a sold-out Toronto arena sing a passionate, acapella version of Alter Bridge classic Metalingus with no band in sight in honour of wrestling legend Adam 'Edge' Copeland

Adam Copeland looking on in shock
(Image credit: Copeland: Youtube (All Elite Wrestling); Alter Bridge: Chuck Brueckmann))

Be it nu metal heavyweights like Disturbed and Limp Bizkit penning theme songs for legendary superstars such as 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and The Undertaker, Rhea Ripley incorporating deathcore stomps into her entrance or some of the iconic metal moments that have taken place at Wrestlemania over the years, wrestling and rock music have gone hand in hand for decades.

One of the most beloved combinations of the modern era has been that of Alter Bridge and WWE Hall Of Famer and current AEW star Adam Copeland, formerly known as Edge. Copeland has long had Alter Bridge's hallmark 2004 anthem Metalingus as his entrance theme, and on Wednesday night's episode of AEW Dynamite, which took place from a sold-out Coca-Cola Coliseum in Copeland's hometown of Toronto, Canada, a memorable spectacle took place that even had the thirty-year wrestling veteran blown away.

After Copeland made his entrance for a match against longtime rival and former tag team partner Christian Cage, the star, decked out in special, Toronto Maple Leafs-themed attire, was serenaded by the Toronto crowd with a special, acappela version of Metalingus that left the 50-year-old completely floored.

Watch the memorable moment below.

Copeland has made no secret of his love of heavy metal. In a 2020 interview with Metal Hammer, the then-WWE star voiced his support for the idea of Metallica playing WWE's flagship show, Wrestlemania.

“How has that not happened?” he questioned. “It’s a very good question. Especially when we were in San Francisco. I don’t know, but it feel like it needs to happen. [WWE Chairman] Vince McMahon’s favourite song is America The Beautiful; I would love to hear Metallica scorch America The Beautiful. It’d be so good.”

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.