WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has revealed that he always expected Edge to be the “breakout star” when he and Christian split up.
Edge and Christian were one of the most successful tag teams of WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’, going on to win the Tag Team Championships a total of seven times and taking part in a legendary feud involving the Dudley Boyz and Hardy Boyz that resulted in the creation of the TLC – Tables, Ladders, and Chairs – a match which now has an annual pay-per-view based around it.
The pair eventually split up in 2001 after Christian became jealous of Edge for winning that year’s King of the Ring tournament and turned his back on his kayfabe brother. After going their separate ways, Edge became the more successful of the two, having a long run in the main event scene and holding the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships a combined total of 11 times. Christian, meanwhile, won the World Heavyweight Championship twice. He left WWE for a time to join TNA, now IMPACT Wrestling, where he had two reigns as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
On an episode of ‘Grilling JR’ looking at WWE Unforgiven 2001, where Christian defeated Edge to capture the Intercontinental Championship, the legendary commentator explained that he always expected Edge to be the bigger star because of the way he connected with the audience.
“I always thought Edge was going to be a breakout star because he connected with the audience, and Jay [Jay Reso, Christian’s real name] was always the clear number two on that team. So I was glad they both got their opportunity to grow on their own, but I always thought that Edge had a little bit of a leg up in that scenario, but that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that Christian wasn’t a very good hand.”
Recently, Christian came out of retirement and made the jump to AEW, where he is known as Christian Cage, and through the company’s current deal with IMPACT Wrestling, defeated Kenny Omega for the IMPACT World Championship. The two would then go on to the main event All Out on September 5thto battle over Omega’s AEW World Championship, this time with the ‘Best Bout Machine’ emerging victorious. JR praised the match, saying it was “outstanding” and that Christian is a “hell of a worker”, but he doesn’t think he has the same charisma as the ‘Rated-R Superstar”.
“The match that Christian had with Kenny Omega in AEW was outstanding. He’s still a hell of a worker. He’s always been a hell of a worker, but he just didn’t quite have the connectable charisma that Adam Copeland, aka Edge, had. That’s very special. It’s not a knock on Christian whatsoever because Adam had specialness about him and I’m just really happy that he’s back in the game at a schedule he can manage.”
Edge and Christian were able to make one final appearance together in WWE in January 2021 when Christian stepped in the ring for the first time since he retired due to medical issues in 2014 to enter the Royal Rumble match. The former champions embraced in the ring, with Edge later saying he was “so proud” of Christian for the work he had done to get back in action.