It's been just over six weeks since Edge stunned the WWE Universe by returning to the ring for the first since 2011.
The R-Rated Superstar had not wrestled since successfully defending the WWE Championship against Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania 27 and few anticipated he would ever compete again before making a shock comeback at this year's Royal Rumble.
Receiving a raucous reception, the Hall of Famer racked up three eliminations and lasted nearly 24 minutes before being the second-to-last man eliminated in his first competition in nine years
Now he is less than a week away from competing again at Wrestlemania where he will face-off against friend-turned-foe Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match to complete his miraculous return.
It’s a phenomenal story for a man who was once told by doctors he should never compete again after a neck injury saw him experience "numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands."
“I don’t know if I have fully wrapped my mind around this whole journey, to be honest, let alone the moments before the Rumble,” said Edge.
“I’ve always said that I’ve never been nervous before a performance because if there’s one place in my life, if there’s one place in the world, where I knew I was fully confident in all of the variables it was inside a wrestling ring, but at the Royal Rumble, that was the first time I ever felt nerves!
“Once the music hit, then it was just… you can’t explain it. You can’t do it justice. You can’t put your finger on it. There is no way to explain this melting pot of things that all came together, after nine years being off and being forced to retire.
“It is a story that has never happened before and to be in the centre of that is just overwhelming, it really is… I don’t know if I have fully wrapped my mind around the whole thing.”
With another Wrestlemania outing on the horizon, the R-Rated Superstar admits his journey from retirement to returning to the biggest stage in sports entertainment has been a bit of a whirlwind.
“For me, I had to very quickly wrap my mind around the idea that WWE and wrestling was done for me in 2011.
“I needed very quickly to find things to do and to move on in life and to try and close off that chapter.
“To go through the whole process of coming back and getting theclearance to come back was such a challenge to me, and I thrive on challenges. That challenge got me through.
“I like to be involved in every process of it all from the ground up. To get back and be in the WWE where I’m given that opportunity and I am trusted with those things, to be involved in every aspect whether it is a camera angle, whether it is my gear, whether it is the music, all of that I am involved in and I love that process.
"Once I got back into the fold, at that night at the Royal Rumble, that’s when it all started becoming real.”
Amid the ongoing Coronavirys pandemic, The Showcase of the Immortals will be held at the WWE's training facility and Edge believes this year's event is one of the most important.
“This year more than any year we are all in the midst of something we have never experienced before, the world really needs outlets. Whether that is books, whether that is movies, whatever it is, just to be able to try and forget and laugh and have fun and remember what it is to be human. That’s why we’re doing this. There’s one reason. That’s the reason.”
“As long we can try and be as responsible and as safe as we can, why wouldn’t we try and do this for everyone? As a performer, that’s what we want to do. If we can do that and if people watch and can have fun for a few hours then our mission is accomplished.
“It’s a privilege, it’s an honor, it’s also a responsibility – and it’s one that I know all of us don’t take lightly. There’s a reason the show is going on. Those are the reasons why.”
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