With this year’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field right around the corner, this fan favorite match is on the minds of many WWE fans including talent.
This includes WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who has competed in several of these matches during his long and successful career with the company. Most notably, he won the match in 2010 when he was the twenty-ninth entrant by last eliminating John Cena, who was the nineteenth entrant.
While doing a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion talked about how he preferred beginning at an earlier entry number in the Rumble.
“I think that’s the key, if you’re one of the pieces of thread through the Rumble, then yeah, it makes for a more difficult, challenging night,” Edge said, “but that’s what you want to be! I always loved if I was gonna get to be #2 and be in there at #22, because that means, at some point every talent is going to go through you and you’re basically going to be in there for the greatest hits as every character rolls through. And hopefully you’re in there when, I don’t know, Jake the Snake comes out, or something, and you can take the short arm clothesline, or Booker T, or take your pick. I always enjoyed the rumble from that aspect.”
Edge would continue by stating that this match is the perfect platform to tell various stories with other stars due to the length of this contest.
“I was always bummed if I was only gonna be in there for 5 minutes,” Edge admitted. “I was like, ‘Man I want to get in there and be one of the [last superstars remaining].’ There are always great storylines throughout. And it generally happens that there’s a talent that’s been in there for a while, or Kofi finds his niche and comes up with some kind of crazy, spectacular, absolutely creative way to be Kofi every year. And now Naomi is doing it! That’s what I love about the Rumble is you get these little stories within the stories, within the story, within the story. I always really really enjoyed that. But it can be tough, for sure. There’s a lot of responsibility if you’re one of those people.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript