While Edge may have finally snapped on a recent episode of SmackDown, hitting everyone and everything in sight with a steel chair, but we’re still a far cry from his ‘Rated R Superstar’ persona of the mid to late 2000’s.
After initially dubbing himself the Rated R Superstar, Edge went on a tear of destruction defeating the likes of John Cena and Mick Foley before joining forces with Randy Orton to create Rated RKO. There was also the small matter of a now infamous ‘Live Sex Celebration’ with on-screen partner Lita.
In a new interview with Ryan Satin on his Out Of Character podcast, Edge has now revealed the inspiration behind his most controversial persona.
“I always said ‘Rated-R Superstar’ Edge was kind of like an ‘Appetite For Destruction’ era Guns N Roses, or ‘Too Fast For Love’ era Motley Crue,” he explained, “like this sleazy, slimy, pretty horrible person that you could picture crawling under the gutter to try and steal your girlfriend. He was that guy, and that, I always said, when I walked through the curtain, that’s when I became ‘Edge’. And as soon as I walked back through that curtain, I’m going to grab a coffee and I’m right back to being Adam.”
Edge went on to explain that his current character is much closer to who he is in real life, and how that presents a different kind of challenge.
“Now, that has changed, which has been really interesting to play less of a character and play more of me. In a way, it’s kinda scary because now it’s more of me out there, warts and all,” Edge said, “but it’s fun, it really is, with this phase with the character.”
After securing victory at the 2021 Royal Rumble, Edge set his sights on defeating Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship. On the way to Raymond James Stadium and WrestleMania 37, the Ultimate Opportunist has also become embroiled in a feud with the ultimate underdog, Daniel Bryan.
The highly combustible situation finally came to a head on March 26th, when Adam Pearce added Daniel Bryan to the Universal Championship match at WrestleMania.
The show would close with Edge alone in the ring after delivering a Spear to both Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
H/t to Wrestle Zone for the transcription.