WWE Hall of Famer Edge has admitted that he wasn’t keen on going to Saudi Arabia, but feels that along with Seth Rollins and Jessika Carr the trio accomplished something to be proud of.
While the Hell In A Cell match between Edge and Seth Rollins at Crown Jewel provided a brutal final stanza to their rivalry, the bout also made history. The third person in the ring for the violent finale was Jessika Carr, marking the first time that a female referee had taken charge of a match in Saudi Arabia.
The match proved to be a fitting conclusion to a rivalry which started years previously, but came to a head in the summer. Edge gained a win over Rollins at SummerSlam before the former Shield member evened the score on SmackDown, leaving his rival getting stretchered out of Madison Square Garden.
With each man holding a victory to their name, one final meeting was scheduled for Crown Jewel inside the ‘Devil’s playground.’
Appearing on The Kids on the Escalator podcast, Edge explained that he initially wasn’t keen on going to Saudi Arabia for the match, before detailing why he asked for Carr to be the referee.
“I had SummerSlam coming up with Seth, and Charles Robinson wasn’t going to be there. I’m at the stage of my career where I’m a little picky when it comes to who refs because there is a comfort level and you find a zone together. It’s one less thing as a talent that I have to concern myself with because I know that person is going to be there. Charles wasn’t going to be at SummerSlam and I talked to him about Jess, ‘should we give her a shot because I’ve watched her and she’s good. Let’s see how she does.’ He thought it was a great idea.
We took a test run at SummerSlam and she is so confident and really good. She wasn’t shy or timid, she took control of the situation and I always appreciate when someone does that. We had MSG and I said, ‘I think you have to do part two, kiddo.’ When they asked me about blowing off the story in Saudi Arabia, I wasn’t too keen on going, I’ll be honest, but as we talked and they said ‘we need it there,’ I said, ‘Lets get Jess to ref there,’ not knowing if we’d be able to. I just loved the idea of a woman being in control of two men in that country.
If it flew over a lot of heads, whatever, but for me, I can come back to my girls one day and tell them ‘I went over there.’ I think we did something cool. She was right there for everything, not overwhelmed by the moment, and stood up to the challenge. It was really cool to see,”
Since overcoming Rollins at Crown Jewel Edge hasn’t been seen on WWE television. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins has established himself as the number one contender for Big E’s WWE Championship. On a recent episode of Raw Rollins won a Fatal-Four-Way Ladder Match to earn a future shot at the champion.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.