During last night's episode of Monday Night Raw, Edge appeared in a pre-recorded promo, officially announcing his entry into this year's Royal Rumble. News that has not escaped industry insiders, ready to underline the great goal that the Rated R Superstar is about to reach.
As reported by Fightful reporter Sean Ross, in fact, Edge will be the only wrestler to have taken part in the royal brawl in the following decades: in the 90s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Shawn Michaels and Jim Duggan also fought in the Rumble in four different decades, but obviously, they are from other eras.
Edge is back in action, to the shock of the public, at last year's Royal Rumble, proving he can still be able to compete in the ring despite the nine-year absence due to retirement.
What are Edge's plans this time around?
The Canadian wrestler was then involved in a very intense feud with Randy Orton, which culminated in a match at Backlash where he sustained a triceps injury.
It will be interesting to see if the Hall of Famer will be able to replicate the success of the 2010 Rumble, where he won by entering with number 29. The scenarios around the figure of the former champion in sight of WrestleMania are also very nebulous: initially, there was talk of the final chapter of the feud with Orton, even in an I Quit Match, then of an unprecedented clash with The Fiend, currently out of the scene after being "burned alive" in TLC.
Also, this year's edition of WrestleMania will have to deal with the still rampant health emergency and that is why, at the moment, Vince McMahon and associates do not yet have a clear idea of the top matches to propose.
In the meantime, we remind you that the Royal Rumble will air on January 31st at Tropicana Field in St. Petesburg, Florida, again with the help of the ThunderDome. The first WWE event that will see the public return to the arena will be the "Granddaddy of them all."
Edge's return isn't the only surprise given away ahead of time as WWE Backstage returns this Saturday at 8 PM EST on FS1. The show will announce the 30th entry into the Men's Royal Rumble match and the women who drew one and two for their Rumble.
As for the reasoning behind that, Sapp reports that WWE wants to keep FOX happy and hopes that these announcements will drive a big number to Backstage on Saturday night. After the Peacock announcement yesterday, it's probably in the company's best interest to continue to make the people at FOX happy.
With SmackDown being WWE's highest-rated weekly show, a healthy relationship with their broadcast partner is a no brainer.