If you did not lose your mind, fall to your knees, clutching your skull in awe when Metalingus hit on Sunday, then you do not have a soul.
After a nine-year forced retirement, the Rated R Superstar returned to WWE as entrant number 21 in the Royal Rumble and we got an unbelievable showing from Edge, showing no ring rust and lasting about 23 minutes before being eliminated by runner-up Roman Reigns.
I was on the side of “he won’t be coming back” but all was revealed on this week’s Monday Night RAW – how he had another neck surgery to get him back into fighting shape and the best shape of his entire career.
The wrestlers he ran into are a bit of a who’s who of WWE currently, mixing it up with old wrestlers who he knows and new superstars he has been watching from afar. This has led all of us to be making dream matches for him if we do indeed get to see him more often and that is what this list is all about.
I will not be including Randy Orton as it seems that will be his first match.
AJ Styles injured himself selling Edge’s spear at the Rumble. That is dedication. We got a brief taste of what their match could be until the injury that took AJ out of the Rumble and that sample was absolutely beautiful. Two veterans of the business who had never crossed paths due to their commitments to specific companies, colliding in an instant classic.
AJ was the face of TNA in the noughties with Edge being one of the WWE’s ‘Mount Rushmore’ in the same decade, and even though both men are in their 40’s, this would be a five-star match. The Spear vs The Phenomenal Forearm, The Edge-cution vs The Styles Clash, a clash of champions. It wouldn’t even be hard to book – AJ can blame Edge for his injury during the Rumble and attack him with the help of the OC or AJ can just call him out and bang, the match is made. This is one of those rare matches in which Edge’s opponent isn’t guaranteed to go over the more experienced man because of AJ’s superstar status but whomever wins will take an additional step up that stardom ladder, if that is even possible.
Long term booking at its finest. Survivor Series 2014, Team Cena defeated Team Authority which caused the Authority’s power over WWE to be relinquished. Their golden boy, Seth Rollins was left without protection or guidance. On the December 29th episode of RAW, Seth was a guest on the Cutting Edge alongside J&J Security and Big Show, held Edge’s head to Seth’s Money in the Bank briefcase, threatening to stomp on his head. Cena came rushing down to make the save but there wasn’t much point because how would he do that? Seth’s one demand was to bring back the Authority. Cena caved and gave the go ahead to reinstate them as he was the only man with that power. Seth still attempted to stomp Edge before Cena ran the ring and took him down.
Six years later, both men were in the Rumble with Edge again being attacked by Rollins crew, who took everyone out the match. After his crew was taken to the back, Seth was left alone to be attacked by Edge, alongside Orton, Reigns and McIntyre. It is a perfect build and now with Seth being the heel that he is, would just set up a brilliant match between the Messiah and the WWE Hall of Famer.
Now hear me out on this one. This would just be two men doing battle for the entertainment purposes: we’d get Spear vs Spear as well as the past vs the future of WWE. Again, the seeds were planted on Sunday with Roman Reigns being the one to eliminate Edge. This is the least likely to happen out of this five, mainly because they are on different brands but hey, the wildcard rule once existed and we could see Edge crop up on the brand he made famous.
That could be the basis of the storyline. Edge was part of the ‘SmackDown Six’ that brought the brand into contention against RAW. Roman’s gimmick is SmackDown is ‘his yard’ so it would be like two cornerstones doing battle for the moniker of SmackDown’s best. You can already expect that Edge will lose this and Roman would go over, probably to a sea of boos but that’s expected; the older wrestler giving more exposure to the younger and current superstar. Roman gets a bad rep but that is purely down to the booking decisions of WWE. He has all that you’d want in a wrestler but the poor storylines and him being pushed down our throats just makes us reject him. This match could hypothetically be the making of him.
Edge’s greatest foe, just one last time. They spent the majority of the early 2000’s at each other’s throats trading wins for the WWE Championship, starting with Edge’s cash in at New Year’s Revolution 2006. It can be set up to tie in with another storyline I want John Cena involved in and that would be against The Fiend, whose mission it is to right everyone that has wronged him. Have Edge call out the roster or something along those lines after his feud with Orton has subsided and get Cena to answer.
It’s a big return, deserving of a big pop, and based on WWE’s recent storylines and signings, they are loving the nostalgia. The good thing about using these two together is that the match will still be good; sometimes we have seen older competitors have matches with the quality being below par, but looking at the shape Edge is in and assuming Cena hasn’t missed a beat in his time off means this would be a pretty decent match.
The thing is this match needs to be on a big stage so it would have to be one of the big four, going back to The Fiend. Have him attack Cena post-match for burying him in 2014. We can even harken back to Edge and Cena’s conversation regarding Brock Lesnar before Summerslam 2014 and have Edge do the same in preparation for Cena’s match against The Fiend.
Another full circle situation. This segment between these two began the whirlpool of rumours regarding Edge’s return as he appeared at Summerslam 2019 in his hometown of Toronto and speared Elias, who was doing his usual heel schtick and berating the host town. It’s easily done to make this match happen, Elias sees Edge back in a WWE ring and attacks him and gets revenge for what happened, leading to a match between the two of them. The best thing about doing the feud would be the exposure for Elias, who has just been floundering in WWE as an attraction who always gets beaten up and hasn’t really gained any momentum.
This match with Edge, especially if Elias wins, means that momentum push would be huge and he may even boost into the main event scene. The Drifter has everything to be star but he needs something to pull the trigger and a win over a WWE Hall of Famer will get him that. Even losing but not being dominated could still give him a push because he deserves to be in a title picture and Edge can give him this. Even if they do it as a face vs a face with Elias just wanting to compete against Edge to prove he is better than we all think he is, it would be a brilliant match between a veteran and a grossly underrated WWE star.
If you couldn’t tell from my countless stupid tweets, podcast introductions and this article, I am beyond ecstatic for Edge to be back in WWE. I can’t wait to see the matches he has, which seem to be five per year based on the rumoured contract. Let the dream matches begin.
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