Edge On Modern Heels in Wrestling

Edge On Modern Heels in Wrestling

WWE Hall of Famer Edge not too long ago sat down for debut episode of the brand new Out of Character with Ryan Satin podcast. Edge mentioned his upcoming WrestleMania triple menace match with Daniel Bryan and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 37.

Edge admitted restoration is tougher for him now, and Satin identified he works that into his promoting and storyline nicely. Edge spoke on the significance of leaning into fan sympathy along with his promoting, and believes that could be a robust element of not solely his personal story, but additionally for storytelling in wrestling generally.

“I think I have to. It’d be silly not to. I see someone take a german suplex and come up fired up, I don’t get that. ‘Cause german suplexes hurt. So why would we desensitize the audience into thinking they don’t? They suck. So sell it like they suck,” Edge defined.


Besides his promoting, Edge is well-known for being probably the greatest heels throughout his earlier run because the Rated R Superstar. Edge thinks that can also be a little bit of a misplaced artwork and that fashionable heels generally is a bit “overpowering” at occasions.

“At some point, there needs to be that heel that is not the overpowering heel,” Edge described. “That is the conniving, that is the manipulating, that is the ‘Oh man if the babyface could get his hands on that guy he would tear him apart.’ But he never gets him because the heel is always two steps ahead. I don’t know who that is right now, or who’s being given that opportunity, to be honest. Somewhere along the way, it became less about heels and faces and just about stars. But in that, I think you lost some of that dynamic.”

He then went on to elucidate that the majority tales have good and evil for a motive and that regardless of getting a response, there are too many wrestlers caught someplace within the center.

“I know the argument is, as long as there’s a reaction,” Edge started. “There’s a reason that stories generally have a good and evil. Now you can have shades of grey in there, but if we all kind of navigate through these shades of grey, then, I don’t know, you can get apathy too. So, I personally love the white hat – black hat…”


Edge additionally spoke again on his now-infamous TLC matches, and if there was any backlash for loading the matches with so many spots. Edge defined that he didn’t get any type of pushback. However, later in his profession, he finds himself giving recommendation to fashionable wrestlers to “slow down and get more mileage” regardless of that being arduous for him to say.

“It was the opposite, at least I didn’t hear any negative, all I heard was the positive. And I remember Mick Foley coming up and saying ‘Guys, my god, like, you just set a new bar and stamped your claim,’ and all of these things. I will go back and say I think we went too far,” Edge admitted. “I’ll return and say I believe we went too far. And that’s why I’ve a tough time now saying to expertise, like, ‘maybe you should pull it back and get more mileage’ and I actually imagine that. And the rationale I imagine that, is that I’m talking from expertise. Having completed these matches…

“But our mindset at the time was, okay we’ve got Austin, and Rock, and Undertaker, and Kane, and Mick Foley, and Triple H, and all of these huge stars firing on all cylinders. How do you get noticed?”

Edge, the winner of the 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble, is ready to face Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns on evening two of WrestleMania 37 on Sunday, April eleventh.

If you utilize any of the quotes on this article, please credit score Out of Character with Ryan Satin with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.