On January 26th, at Royal Rumble, Edge made his return to the ring after nine years participating in the match of the same name entering with the number 21, but was eliminated by Roman Reigns after making three eliminations.
The following evening, in Raw, he announced that he wanted to continue his career, and shortly after he was joined by Randy Orton (his ex-partner in Rated-RKO); and after proposing to meet, Orton hit him with an RKO, then repeatedly attacked him with two chairs, injuring him (kayfabe).
Edge then returned to Raw's March 9th episode by attacking Montel Vontavious Porter, who had insulted him while the two were in the ring, and shortly thereafter also Randy Orton with an RKO, taking revenge. In WWE Edge has won the World Heavyweight Championship a record seven times, the WWE Championship four times, the Intercontinental Championship five times, the United States Championship once, the WWF/World Tag Team Championship a record twelve times, and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.
He is WWE's 14th Triple Crown Champion and 7th Grand Slam Champion. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, he recalled his retirement in 2011 due to spinal stenosis: “It wasn’t really walking away. I feel like it was ripped away.
So there was some adjustment, without a doubt. But I also realized that I’d better come to terms and come to grips with it, because I’m told I have no choice. When you’re told you have no choice, it somehow makes it easier because you don’t have to go, ‘Oh, can I still get more out of this?’ No, it’s taken out of your hands.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely limitations. There’s going to be things that you used to see me do that won’t happen now. I want to be able to craft and tell more nuanced stories and tell more stories with my face and my eyes—definitely more than jumping off ladders”.