Speaking in a new interview, Edge has heaped praise on his former tag team partner and fellow former world champion Rey Mysterio.
Edge and Mysterio captured tag team gold on SmackDown back in 2002, before both men went on to capture WWE’s richest prize on more than one occasion.
On the July 16th edition of SmackDown the two Superstars reunited along with Rey’s son Dominik to take on Roman Reigns and The Usos. At Money In The Bank, two nights later The Mysterio’s came to the ring to help Edge in his bid to the win the Universal Title from Reigns. However, it turned out to be a disappointing evening for all concerned, as Edge fell just short in the main event, while the father and son team lost their SmackDown Tag Team Championships in defeat to The Usos.
The 2021 Royal Rumble winner said that the high-flyer is perhaps underrated by fans and won’t be fully appreciated until he hangs up his boots.
“Rey Mysterio, he gets credit, but it’s still not the credit he deserves,” Edge said. “I think because he’s been so consistent for so long, that he’s not appreciated to his full extent and I don’t know if he will be fully appreciated until he retires. When there’s no Rey Mysterio on the show, they’ll go ‘But wait? We need Rey.’ I think as a writer, as a company, as a fan, as a colleague, although I think colleagues and peers appreciate him more than anyone else because they truly fully grasp and understand it. That dude, for his style and what he’s done, to still even be in there at all let alone at the level that he’s performing at, he just did a Hell in a Cell with Roman Reigns. The term legend is thrown around a lot, dudes a legend. He’s a living legend and one day people will fully fully latch onto how special Rey Mysterio is.”
The WWE Hall of Famer continued, saying that without Mysterio, the likes of Daniel Bryan may not have broken through.
“Think about all the hurdles and obstacles he’s knocked down and how he changed an industry, because without him, I don’t think Daniel Bryan breaks through. And a lot of talents like that, I think Rey Mysterio is the reason that can happen. He proved it can work and people would buy it and pay to see it.”
During the appearance, the former WWE Champion has explained that he feels it’s harder for young talent to “get over” in WWE.
Edge said that he sympathises with the young talent of today who are just starting out, admitting they face very different challenges to himself.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.