Edge retired from the WWE in 2011, but he certainly hasn’t completely distanced himself from the company in the five-plus years since. After all, the WWE Hall of Famer did not retire on his own terms but was forced to quit wrestling for medical reasons. Edge has made sporadic appearances in the WWE since stepping away, most recently when he hosted “The Cutting Edge” on the historic 900th episode of SmackDown just three weeks ago.
Edge’s role in that segment was to interview the participants on Team SmackDown for their Survivor Series showdown with Team RAW in a battle for brand supremacy. Joining him in the ring that night, of course, were Randy Orton (Edge’s former partner in Team Rated R-KO), Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Shane McMahon, and James Ellsworth.
Edge’s appearance that evening may have been overshadowed by the return of the Undertaker, but it was still a special, nostalgic moment to see the Rated-R Superstar back in a WWE ring. As noted, it had been more than five years since Edge wrestled his final match, a win over Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 27.
A week after that event, Edge addressed the WWE Universe to announce his retirement in a segment that many suggested provided inspiration for Daniel Bryan’s speech this past February. As it turned out, Edge retired as a world champion, relinquishing the title four days after on SmackDown.
Edge recently spoke to Sports Illustrated, where he revealed that he was only planning on wrestling for one more year, but he had that entire year mapped out so it hit hard when he was told he couldn’t wrestle anymore.
“We did have a tentative plan to go forward once [Alberto] Del Rio and I were through our program. Christian would have cost me the title to Del Rio, and then we would have moved on and done our thing – and I thought he would retire me at WrestleMania. That’s how I wanted to go out. I wanted to do the favor, drop the title, and then have Christian be the cause – then spend the final few months of my career wrestling my lifelong best friend, and really have him go off in a great heel direction once I retired.”
Edge’s prior appearance to #SDLIVE900 came back in September 2015 when he and Christian appeared in a backstage segment with The New Day and The Dudley Boyz. But his last in-ring appearance came in December of 2014 when he and his former tag team partner hosted the first-ever “Cutting Edge Peep Show.”
That memorable segment ended with John Cena reinstating The Authority to power as Seth Rollins threatened Edge with help from The Big Show. From a storyline perspective, Edge agreed that if he were ever to return for one more match, it would make sense to come against Rollins. But if he had his druthers, it would come against a fellow Canadian instead.
“If you put a heel ‘Rated R Superstar’ with Sami Zayn as a babyface, that would be something I would like to do. Seth is already set and already in a position where he’s OK, but if I ever came back, I’d like to wrestle somebody that I feel deserves to be in a top spot and show why. Sami is a guy I look at and go, “Man, that guy is so super talented.” I’d love to get in there as a heel with Jeff Hardy. I loved wrestling Jeff in terms of his selling and all those things, or a match against Christian.”
If you recall, during that segment in 2014, Edge wore a Sami Zayn T-shirt, and this was well before Zayn had made his way onto the main roster, so he’s certainly had his eye on him for a while. And speaking of Hardy, Edge found it amazing that Jeff is still wrestling at a high level after all the punishment he’s put his body through.
As noted, Edge hasn’t kept a big distance from the WWE and will be back for Season 2 of The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness on the WWE Network.
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