Edge’s return to the ring was going to happen one way or the other and if WWE wasn’t interested, it looks like All Elite Wrestling was an option for him.
During the WWE 24 documentary that is up now on the WWE Network, Edge confirmed that he did indeed talk with AEW about wrestling again. Dave Meltzer reported this several months ago when rumors first got out about Edge returning to the ring. Edge said that AEW reached out to him and he let them know that he would need to let Vince McMahon know about their offer out of respect to the company that has done so much for him over the years. He also noted that the wasn’t looking to start a bidding war.
Edge said, “another company within the industry contacted me and said they were interested and wanted to know if I could wrestle. At this point, I didn’t know if I could. So before I did anything, I decided that I needed to go and find out.”
Beth Phoenix said Edge saw 5 or 6 doctors and they all said his neck was fine.
“So some discussions were had,” Edge said about AEW. “The one thing that I told them through all of this is ‘when you give me your offer, I need to go talk to Vince, he’s done right by me my entire career.'”
“He gave me my chance, he gave me my shot. He trusted me to be able to pull off a lot of things to be able to help pull the cart and be a pillar for the shows [and] to be counted on as one of his generals. That goes a long way with me. I reached out to Vince and I said ‘I need to come talk to you this weekend and it needs to be face to face, I don’t want to do it through text or through phone calls.'”
“So I went and sat down with him and I told him everything. It wasn’t like trying to get a bidding war thing going. It wasn’t any of that. WWE didn’t even know whether this was possible, I didn’t even know it was possible. He said, ‘well, this needs to happen here. Let’s get you up to Dr. Maroon and Dr. Bose so they can look at you and take your impact testing and go through all of the testing.”
Edge noted that he has to adapt his style and fans won’t see him jumping through flaming tables but he also wants fans to know that he’s not returning just to wrestle in short matches. The documentary is up now on the WWE Network.