Edge Focused On Winning New WWE World Title – “Looks Like Big Gold”
Edge is going into the new WWE World Title tournament thinking about leaving as the champion even though he has a tough challenge ahead of him.
During his incredible WWE Hall of Fame career, Edge won two different WWE World Titles 11 times total. Of those 11 title reigns, he held the WWE Championship four times and the World Heavyweight Title seven times.
When Edge retired in 2011, he was the World Heavyweight Champion. He retired due to a neck injury and never lost the title in an actual match. Since coming back to WWE in 2020, Edge has competed in multiple WWE Title matches including the WrestleMania 37 main event and Money in the Bank 2021, but he didn’t leave with the championship.
This coming Friday on Smackdown, Edge and five other greats from the blue brand are in a tournament that will see three matches take place this Friday.
In one triple threat match, Edge will face former WWE Champions AJ Styles & Rey Mysterio. In the other triple threat match, Sheamus will face Bobby Lashley and the US Champion Austin Theory. Out of the six men, Theory is the only one that isn’t a former WWE Champion, but as the current US Champion he certainly deserves his spot in the tournament.
The winners of those two triple threat matches will then go on to meet each other in the main event in a singles match. The winner of that singles match will go on to Night of Champions on May 27th to face Raw winner Seth “Freakin” Rollins (who earned his spot this past Monday on Raw) to determine the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
During a video posted on Instagram and Twitter, the 49-year-old Edge, who has mentioned possible retirement at some point over the next year, spoke about his big match on Smackdown this Friday.
“Hey, everybody. So this isn’t some kind of mapped-out wrestling promo or anything. I’m sitting in what is my second home, a wrestling ring, trying to get into some reps before SmackDown tomorrow night, where I face Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles/ I can’t say enough about those guys, I know AJ and I have had our differences in the past, and you know the history of me and Rey-Rey.”
“Those two guys are the reason a lot of people are in our industry. I expect to have one hell of a match. I also expect to win it. I have to. Some people have been running around saying they’re going to finish their stories, right and good for them, but it made me think a little bit about my story—the introduction of the WWE Heavyweight Championship. If I look at that thing, it even looks like the title that I never lost. Looks like the big gold.”
Edge would then go on to speak about having to give up the World Heavyweight Title in 2011 and how he plans to win the World Title again.
“Twelve years ago, I was forced to give the thing up. I never had a chance to get it back. Now I have a chance, and it all comes full circle. Now, this ride, it’s going to end sooner than later. Let’s face it, we all know that. I gotta get this done. It’s the last thing to do. It’s the period on the end of the sentence, right? This last sentence in the book. I gotta get that stuff out of the basement. I just gotta do it.”
“You know, all of you that are watching this, I assume you’ve been with me on this ride, and I really appreciate it. It’s going to end soon, and I gotta end it right this time. There’s no better way to finish it than to win the World Championship and then, when I lose it, that’s it. I’m done. So Rey, AJ, bring your best tomorrow. I know you will. I can’t wait to see you in there, to be honest. Let’s tear it up.”
Also on Smackdown this week, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returns, likely to set up something for him at Night of Champions on May 27th.