Edge And Christian Were Nearly Split Up In 2000

Edge and Christian

At WrestleMania 16, Edge and Christian won the Tag Team Championships for the first time, however, Christian Cage has revealed that things almost went in a completely different direction for the iconic duo.

One of the most highly acclaimed matches in WrestleMania history took place at the 16th edition of the event in 2000 when Edge and Christian – now AEW’s Christian Cage – defeated The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in the first-ever Triangle Ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championships. Together, the three teams shone a new light on tag team wrestling and took the Ladder Match concept to a whole new level.

However, on the latest edition of The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Christian Cage has discussed how things almost went a very different way as the original plans would have seen him and Edge go their separate ways following the event.

“I think maybe a few days before we actually sat down to put this together, we didn’t even know what the finish was. At one point, it was somebody else winning, and Edge & Christian, we’re splitting up after this. So then we kind of we started to talk a little bit before this, or after this, when we kind of started talking and then we turned.”

Cage went on to explain that the plans changed following a sit-down interview he did with Edge that showed they still had a lot of layers to show as a tag team.

“They told us to say whatever we wanted and Adam [Edge] and I started dropping F-bombs. We weren’t supposed to — we were supposed to lose and that changed the minds. They were like, ‘Oh, these guys aren’t done yet. There’s more layers, as a tag.’”

“Then they decided to have us win the match and then turn heel because they saw some personality there when we were doing we did that promo. Then, we did a couple of things on commentary and that was kind of the thing that saved Edge and Christian as a team because we were going to split up after this.”

The duo went on to win the WWF Tag Team Champions seven times before finally splitting up in the summer of 2001 when Christian’s jealousy over Edge winning the King Of The Ring led to him turning on his ally.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.