Edge Says He Had Opportunity To Wrestle Outside WWE
Edge has opened up about how when he was cleared to make his wrestling comeback a few years ago, he could have worked for a company outside of WWE.
Since 1998, Edge has been one of the most successful WWE superstars in the history of the company. From the start of his career as a tag team with Christian to his main event singles run from 2006 to 2011 and his comeback in 2020, he has been a WWE guy for the past 25 years.
After retiring due to a serious neck injury in early 2011, Edge found other things in life to keep him busy like getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, marrying Beth Phoenix, having two daughters, taking on acting roles and so on.
At the SummerSlam 2019 event in his hometown of Toronto, Edge hit Elias with a Spear to a huge pop from the crowd. That would lead to tests and doctor trips that would set up Edge’s in-ring return.
Edge made his eventual WWE return at the 2020 Royal Rumble in one of the greatest Rumble moments ever. A year later, he won the Royal Rumble and headlined WrestleMania 37.
Prior to his return to the WWE ring, there were reports that other wrestling companies including All Elite Wrestling might have been interested in bringing him in. According to Edge in an interview with Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Edge confirmed there were opportunities to wrestle elsewhere, but he was loyal to WWE.
“There was an opportunity to (go elsewhere outside of WWE). Again, it’s where I’ve spent my entire career outside of the indies, right? So, this year will be my 25th year with the WWE since my television debut, and having been there so long and understanding how it works and understanding just the machine that it is, there’s something to be said for that.”
“There’s also something to be said for trying something new and exciting and a new set of faces and a new way of the way things work. I’ve always been a loyalist though in terms of that company. It’s what I grew up watching and it’s where I always wanted to get to.”
“What it boils down to I guess is where I think I can have the most fun honestly. That’s where I’m at in life. It’s not like I’m grinding to get to WWE anymore so I’ve been there and I’ve done it and I’ve done everything and then some so, now it’s just a matter of what I enjoy the most and I think it’s there (he laughed).”
At WrestleMania 39 on April 1st or April 2nd, Edge will face his rival Finn Balor in a Hell in a Cell match.