Matt Hardy thinks his former fierce rival and WWE Hall Of Famer Edge would have been part of AEW had WWE not medically cleared him to compete.
Edge stepped away from wrestling in 2011 after injuries left him unable to compete after one of the most decorated careers in WWE history. A former WWE, World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, US, and numerous times Tag Team Champion, The Rated-R Superstar also claimed the crowns of Mr. Money In The Bank and King Of The Ring as well as winning the prestigious Royal Rumble match.
After nearly a decade away from the squared circle, Edge made his shock comeback at the 2020 Royal Rumble. He soon found himself embroiled in a blood feud with former Rated RK-Bro partner Randy Orton that saw the two men fight at WrestleMania 36. After several months away during the pandemic, Edge returned to WWE at the 2021 Royal Rumble, entering the men’s Rumble match at number one at outlasting 29 other competitors to reach the main event of WrestleMania 37. At that event in Raymond James Stadium Edge was unable to unseat Roman Reigns as WWE Universal Champion.
According to AEW star Matt Hardy, Edge’s future could have looked very different had WWE not cleared him to compete. Speaking with MCW Pro Wrestling, Hardy thinks Edge could very well have become All Elite:
“That was one of those things too – I think, like, if they hadn’t have cleared Edge and let him wrestle, he was going to end up in AEW. So they kind of had to go, ‘Oh, well, if we don’t want him to go we got to let him have his way.’ Then it’s one of those things where, I mean, I guess because they’re a publicly traded company they have to answer to other people. They just really don’t want to take unnecessary risks and I feel like if you’re a performer there, that sucks in some ways because you might not get the opportunities you really want.”
Edge’s long-time tag team partner Christian Cage joined AEW himself in March 2021 – one year after Matt Hardy debuted for the promotion. Cage has since main evented the All Out pay-per-view with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and captured the IMPACT Wrestling World Title.