Edge On WM 37 Having Less PartTimers, His Character Change Leading Into The PPV

Edge weighed in on the lack of part-time talent at this year’s WrestleMania, his character change and more in a recent interview. The Smackdown star discussed the topics during a media call heading into last weekend’s PPV, and you can check out some highlights below per Wrestling Inc:

On WrestleMania 37 having less part-timers: A large segment of our fanbase always says, Part-timers always clog up. Well, they arent this year, but then youll get people complaining that they arent there. You cant please everybody. Its just the nature of the beast, but I do think its a great opportunity for a lot of talent to really get a chance to step up, and thats exciting. As a talent, personally before, I was always excited when those guys came back. For instance, WrestleMania 18 in Toronto, [Hulk] Hogan Rock, are you kidding me? Im excited about that because Im a fan, and to me, with those guys back, thats more eyeballs and if Im not on the show, then I just got to do more to get on the show. I always took that responsibility upon myself, but this year, the chains are off. Its a fun opportunity to see a Cesaro get the kind of chance hes getting, to see Matt Riddle and Sheamus. Bobby Lashley, after all of these years get an opportunity to walk into this as WWE Champion at 44, thats incredible. Then you got Sasha [Banks] and Bianca [Belair] who are breaking boundaries.

Theres a lot of exciting and fun elements, and it almost feels like, I dont want to say a rebuilding phase, but it almost feels like, okay, heres this group, and were moving forward now. And for whatever reason, my old butt from the past generation is in on this ride too. Thats super exciting because I want to be on this ride with everybody. Thats why I am showing up every week. Thats why Im doing the same schedule as everybody else right now because if Im asked to be in this position, thats what it entails, and at the end of the day, I love doing this.

On his own creative direction being more promo-focused: For me, its more the promos. I write my promos, and Im very very hands-on with those because to me, I got to feel it. And if someone else writes it and Im just reciting it, I cant feel it, and this is a different thing than it is to be on a TV or a movie set. You got a script, and it has to follow all these different narratives. Wrestling is different in that regard because youve played this one character for 20 years, and no ones going to know that character more than you because youve had to live in that skin for that amount of time. So thats one thing that Ive really enjoyed because I love writing.

You have to find something that Adam can relate to so that Edge can pull these things off and hopefully make it something the audience wants to see or for an audience to go, Okay, that feels different, whether its the deliver, or the cadence or the intensity. Sometimes in a promo, my face gets beat red, and Im feeling it and I am in the zone. Those are the good ones. So for me, more so than creative direction or who Im in an angle with, I just want to wrestle everybody so send me whatever direction you want. Im there, but the promos, I like to be super hands-on with that stuff.

On his character turning more heelish after Daniel Bryan was added to the WrestleMania match: When you find out its a triple threat, you go, okay, we both cant play the underdog hero. That Rocky vibe and both pull that off. If you look at the both of us, well, thats Bryan. Thats his thing. No one does that better than him, and Id like to think if I could come at it with that little Rated R vibe back, that gives me an edge that I think our audience was ready to see. I think were past, and heres whats difficult because we dont have the audience to really know, but I think they were past this veteran whos coming back. Can he do it? Hes questioning. They saw that with Randy [Orton], and that worked there. I thought it could continue to work, but I saw that it wasnt, and then you throw Bryan into the mix, okay, hes going to corner that market. Roman [Reigns] is cornering his market.

I have to find a direction to come from here, and to me, its neither heel nor babyface. Its not hero. Its not villain. Its Edge, and Edge wants back what he never lost, and the character of Edge was always driven by the championship. Nothing else. It was so simple. Edge wants the title. Thats it. Doesnt matter who has it. It could have been Batista. It could have been JBL. Thats what Edge wants.

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