Edge has opened up on how weird it was not to have an audience at WrestleMania 36, describing it as unlike anything he had experienced before.
A decade after being forced to retire from the ring due to neck issues, the ‘Rated R Superstar’ made his triumphant return to WWE at the Royal Rumble in 2020 to a massive reaction from the crowd. By the time WrestleMania 36 came around two months later, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that audiences were no longer able to attend events. Speaking to ViBe & Wrestling, Edge discussed how hard it was as a performer to wrestle with no fans cheering him on.
“We get to WrestleMania and it was probably the strangest for me because it was so empty and it was so quiet and it was so unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced in terms of performance especially within the confines of the world of wrestling. That was a weird one, that was hard.”
The WWE Hall of Famer faced Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match at the event, and he says he is glad Orton was his opponent since that made him believe the situation wasn’t impossible.
“I’m so thankful that I had an opponent like Randy Orton because it made what was fairly an impossible situation seem possible.”
The pair had a lengthy and brutal encounter, culminating in Edge winning the match with a conchairto to Orton. They would face off again at the following pay per view, Backlash, in a match billed as ‘The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’. Orton came out on top on that occasion, and Edge suffered torn triceps which put him on the shelf for the rest of the year.
The multi-time WWE Champion once again overcame injury to return at this year’s Royal Rumble where he entered at number 1 and went the distance to win the event. He threw his nemesis, Orton, over the top rope last to stamp his ticket to WrestleMania 37, where there will be an audience in attendance for the first time since March 2020.
Credit to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.