Recently, former WWE Superstar Edge was interviewed by Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas, of The Score. In the interview, Edge spoke about a range of topics including having to retire, how long he felt he would have competed before he retired if he didn’t receive the unfortunate news, his work on the show ‘Haven’, the Hall of Fame and much more. He even shared a few stories including Christian as well as his thoughts on Christian’s rivalry with Randy Orton and in his opinion why it took so long for Christian to be considered a main event superstar. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
…I still loved getting in front of the audience, I still loved having matches. Especially when it was with guys [like] Ziggler, I really enjoyed working with Ziggler, which was my last match in Toronto, because he’s exciting, he’s young. I really thought I could help teach him things, to kinda help him step up to a next level, like guys did for me. Then on the horizon, the stuff with Christian, I knew that was looming, so I was excited about that and that’s a disappointment. But the way everything worked out and him basically kinda stepping into my slot, I think it worked out really cool. It would have been awesome if we could have teamed then eventually feuded and then gone from there. But it actually might have worked out even cooler.
…I guess one name that’s chantable is Christian, and you’re buddy now the World Heavyweight Champion, for a second time, you talked about this actually on the media call of Haven, since you’re retirement, his ascension and being there for him in that moment when he first won the title. Here’s my question to you though, in all honestly, because for guys like myself who have met him before and have talked to him, Jimmy Korderas as well, this is a long time coming for him to be in this main event spot. So, in your opinion, why has it taken so long and why did it take this unfortunate circumstance, for him to finally be propelled to a main event spot?
Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know what the intangibles are, I don’t know what cosmic alignment needs to happen, for things to happen. I honestly don’t know. Some guys are given the golden ticket straight out of the shoot, for whatever reason, I don’t know, I really don’t. I liken him getting to the top along the lines of Bret, Shawn and guys who really had to pay their dues, they were never pegged to be ‘the guy’, they were never pegged to be World Champions, they did it through hard work, through busting their ass, having great matches and breaking through due to sheer talent, and I think that’s the route that it ending up happening for Christian. I think whether I had to retire or not, I think it was gonna happen, it probably would have gone through him and I going against each other, which would have been awesome. It just took a different path once I had to retire and probably a quicker path for him, which if any positives can be pulled out of the situation with my neck, it’s that. I couldn’t have been more happy to retire and that be the period on the end of the sentence, then that night in Tampa. That really made the whole thing feel really worth while and it felt like a great culmination to the while thing, for both of us.
And you have been watching Christian’s work as of late, what do you think? It seems like he’s really saying ‘hey, I told you so, I am this guy’, to a lot of people.
Yeah, you know it’s one of those deals like I remember there was a big uproar when he dropped the title so quick and everything, and I even remember Jericho texting me saying ‘What’s the deal?’ and I was like, look at the whole picture at the end of the story, we can’t comment yet, nobody knows. I kinda did, I knew where it was going and I thought ‘Man, this could be great’, because to me, I would rather be the number one heel than the number two babyface, that to me is a better place to be, especially with Christian’s talent at being heel. I knew where it was going and I was like ‘Okay, that’s pretty cool’ and there’s always gonna be armchair quarterbacks, where they go ‘oh man, I can’t believe that, that’s bull’. You don’t know where it’s going, you can say it’s bull eight months down the road, if it doesn’t pan out and it didn’t work that way. But that’s one of the great things about wrestling, you don’t know where it’s going and okay I understand that people are passionate and they enjoy it and they love to speculate on things like that, but you can’t fully say whether something’s working or not gonna work, or this or that if you don’t know the whole book. That’s one of the things that I always enjoyed about being a fan, I didn’t know where it was going, but I wanted to watch, to see where it did.