At WrestleMania, Edge’s incredible redemption story comes full circle as the WWE Hall of Famer will main event WrestleMania to try and win the WWE Universal Championship, almost exactly a decade after relinquishing the World Heavyweight Championship and hesitantly retiring due to injury.
The two men standing in between The Rated-R Superstar and the ultimate redemption story, though, share similar stories, with Daniel Bryan miraculously reversing his own retirement, and Roman Reigns sharing a similar story when his career was in jeopardy due to a battle with Leukemia. While fans will of course be rooting for all three men, the storyline on-screen has been built in such a way that at least one person has to be the bad guy – and the fluid dynamics have made the match one of the best-built and most hotly-anticipated on the Show of Shows!
Ahead of the monumental match, Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy asked WWE Hall of Famer Edge when he found out the match would be a Triple Threat, and whether all three men have discussed the significance of their respective journeys culminating on the Grandest Stage of Them All in the main event of WrestleMania.
“Well, I think in the build to Fastlane is when we were told it was going to change to a Triple Threat.”
Edge, who returned to WWE after nine years at the Royal Rumble in 2020 to one of the greatest ovations in WWE history, would say it’s an “unspoken thing” between the trio – but that the incredible, heart-warming stories can’t play out on-screen, as it simply wouldn’t fit the narrative.
“The three of us have not talked about it. I think it’s an unspoken thing that we all know, obviously. And what’s strange about it is, our stories, our journeys – the journey of Adam, Bryan and Joe – doesn’t help further the narrative and it doesn’t help paint one guy as the villain and one guy as the hero, so it can muddy those waters.”
That said, Edge believes the real-life stories of Adam Copeland, Bryan Danielson and Joe Anoa’i does help the audience become more invested in the characters of Edge, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns.
“All of that being said, if you look at our three stories outside of the characters, I think those stories help you invest in the characters more – because you know that these three men have have fought and clawed and scratched to get back to get back this thing that, at all three separate journeys, I think probably thought that this might be it – or this is it.”
The WWE Hall of Famer recalled his own position, and said the undertones help add “real” to the storyline.
“I know for me, I thought that was it. So I can’t speak for them but I was done and I was told I had no choice. So to have three guys in a position to be able to main event having those stories, I do… I like to think that helps you invest in the characters even more. So it’s this underlying thing underneath it all that is actually kind of bigger than at all, which doesn’t make a lot of sense, but in my mind does. I think that’s helped with the build because there’s a lot of real involved.”
Edge concluded by saying the storyline needed to be rooted in truth in some way, and says the secret to an Edge promo is that you know it comes from Adam Copeland too.
“There’s a lot of truth involved and in order for a storyline to fire on all cylinders, it’s going to have to have some truthful aspects to it for the performers to be able to pull it off and for the performers to have it feel genuine to the audience. I think when you see an Edge promo, you go, ‘Man, a lot of what he’s saying that dude feels and not only does Edge feel it, but Adam feels it,’ and I think that is a difference maker. With these three guys, that’s a pretty easy thing to tap into.”
Edge takes on Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship in the main event of Night 2 of WrestleMania. The Show of Shows emanates from the Raymond James Stadium on April 10th and 11th, via the WWE Network and Peacock.Find out everything you need to know about this year’s WrestleMania here.