When Edge announced his retirement from wrestling due to a serious neck injury in April 2011, it was the accepted wisdom that he would never compete inside the ring ever again.
While wrestling retirements are notoriously flimsy, it was believed that there was no way back for the man who had sat at the top of the WWE mountain for nearly a decade.
However, not only would Edge perform the most unlikely of unlikely comebacks at the 2020 Royal Rumble, he would win the Royal Rumble match the following year. This put the Rated R Superstar in line to face a world champion of his choosing at WrestleMania.
Following a whole load of Spear’s, steel chairs and chaos, Edge will meet Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37.
Looking ahead to the event on his podcast 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff has revealed that he would like to see Edge take home the gold. Adding that he believes that the Ultimate Opportunist is a better all round performer than he was ten years ago.
“I can tell you what I’d love to see. I doubt it’s going to happen. I wanna see Edge, I wanna see him get it brother. I want to see him be the heel of all heels. I think Edge, based on what I’ve seen so far, has he lost a step of his youth? I don’t know, maybe, maybe. Is he a more powerful character today, and a more experienced character today, and therefore a better performer today than he was ten years ago? I think so. I think so. And I’d love to see that happen. And then the feud between he and Roman.”
Bischoff went on to acknowledge that while it doesn’t make any from a story point of view, as WrestleMania is usually the culmination of stories, he’d still love to see it catch everyone by surprise and “set up a great story.”
Another of the big talking points going into WrestleMania is the involvement of Logan Paul. Eric Bischoff later explained that he was a fan of WWE using the YouTube star, as it will increase the amount of people looking at the product.
“I think that was a good strategic move, it will bring a fresh, a new set of eyes, that typically might not have even thought to experience WWE, to sample the product, and that’s what that kind of move is all about – getting a new audience, a new demographic, a new psychographic if you will, to go ‘hey I’m going to check this out’.
That’s what that’s for, that’s why you utilise influencers and celebrities, because celebrities are influencers in their own way.”
In his previous role as WCW President Eric Bischoff was known for using celebrities to try and increase ratings, bringing in the likes of NBA legend Dennis Rodman.
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