‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge has detailed the three different tales with three different champions that could be told in the run-up to WrestleMania.
On January 31, Edge made his return to WWE after an eight-month absence and won the 2021 Royal Rumble Match to earn himself a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 37. Entering number one, the legend went coast-to-coast last eliminating a scheming Randy Orton to claim the main event position at ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All.’
In the week following his victory, the former WWE Champion appeared across all three of WWE’s main brands to tease challenging their respective world champions – with the exception of NXT UK and the colossal WALTER – sparking further challenges to the prizes he will potentially vie for on April 10 or April 11.
While confronting WWE Champion Drew McIntyre on Raw, Edge sparked a heel turn by Sheamus on his best friend. His appearance on NXT confirmed the NXT Championship Match between Finn Balor and Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day on February 14, and his face-to-face with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns on Friday Night SmackDown seemed to continue the never-ending rivalry with Kevin Owens following a stunner.
Now, Edge has sat down with After the Bell to talk about the three potential stories that could be told with each champion ahead of making his historic decision:
“It’s an embarrassment of riches. I look at the champions and think oh my god, oh what I could tell with Drew, oh what I could tell with Balor, oh what I could with Reigns. It’s really exciting. I look at all 3 of those talents and I love what they’re doing. I love the level they’re on and I love the cylinders they are firing on all in different ways.
I look at Drew McIntyre and the story, it’s about respect, it’s about taking a similar road. The fact that when I was World Champion, Drew was trying to find his way and I tried to help him through some of those times. Leaving and coming back and respecting the man he’s become. So there’s that story.
Then, there’s a guy like [Finn] Balor who I’ve never laid hands on. Never been in the same place at the same time and I see what he’s doing in the ring and the way he’s wrestling and making everything earned. You’ve got to fight to get it in terms of a match, that’s extremely appealing because that’s the type of wrestling I want to do.
Then I look at [Roman] Reigns and I truly look at this generational thing. This guy that’s finally allowed to be what he is. The handcuffs are off, everyone realized we need to let him do what he can do. He is like Randy [Orton] in that when you get those 2nd and 3rd generation talents, they do things that they don’t even know, it’s just instinctual because it’s in their DNA. I see Reigns, I see the layers of Heyman, it’s such a great character that has so much real to it. That’s exciting to me.”
As of writing, Edge has yet to officially choose his WrestleMania challenger but is widely expected to pick Roman Reigns and the WWE Universal Championship to headline the thirty-seventh edition of professional wrestling’s Super Bowl.
Credit for the interview: WWE After the Bell
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.