WWE has spent the last decade regularly filling up WrestleMania main event spots with part-time wrestlers. With Edge winning the 2021 men’s Royal Rumble match, it looks like that trend will continue this year. That’s because he is working on a contract that reportedly only requires him to wrestle a very small number of matches to get paid huge bucks.
But you wouldn’t be able to tell that Edge is a part-time wrestler based on his busy schedule this week, which included two main event matches and appearances on four different wrestling shows. He certainly didn’t sound like a part-time wrestler when explaining to CBS Sports’ Brent Brookhouse that his return to WWE isn’t about a half-assed nostalgia retread show:
“I didn’t come back to just do a greatest hits tour. That’s not why I came back. I didn’t just want to do regurgitated greatest hits. I wanted to...help the totality of the industry if I can. If that means that this year Edge main events WrestleMania? Ok. I will do my part to make that happen and make it as compelling as I possibly can. But I also want to get in there with loads of talent. My goal is to come back and tell great stories in the main event of WrestleMania or on Raw, whatever it is. I came back committed to this. After my family, this is my top priority. If I’m asked to be in a title program heading into WrestleMania? I’m here every week. That’s the way I operate. I’m not going to be a guy who comes in for one week and floats off for eight weeks. If I’m involved and I’m in the mix, I’m going to be here every week because that’s how I operate.”
That doesn’t sound like a part-time wrestler to me. But considering the wear and tear on Edge’s body, which caused his retirement in the first place, it’s possible that he’s biting off more than he can chew.
Ultimately it’s up to Edge to determine what kind of workload he can handle. But the things he’s saying about working with new stars, telling great stories, and helping the business...well, it all sounds pretty good to me.
Are you hyped up for Edge’s run towards the main event of WrestleMania 37?