In recent months, rumours have been flying around that Edge is set to return to in-ring action for the first time since WrestleMania 27 at the Royal Rumble on Sunday. As recently as January 12, a source within WWE confirmed to Wrestlezone that the Rated-R Superstar would indeed be returning to the company as an entrant in the Men’s Royal Rumble match, and described him as a “lock” for the event.
Despite this, Edge has repeatedly denied he is set to step back into the squared circle. He appeared on the Live On 4 Legs podcast recently in which he again denied he was returning to WWE. The Ultimate Opportunist explained that he hadn’t been to Pittsburgh since 2013 and reiterated that he has not signed a new contract with the company or been cleared by WWE to wrestle again.
Pittsburgh is where WWE’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon is based, and previous reports have indicated he visited the city to get cleared for his return and sign a modified contract with the company.
For the avoidance of doubt, Edge said: “It’s kind of funny to me honestly, all of these rumours happening that I’ve been to Pittsburgh and I’ve been cleared to wrestle again and I’ve signed a new contract. I have no idea where any of it came from. The last time I was in Pittsburgh I had my wrist fused in 2013…I haven’t been there and I haven’t signed a contract. I think I would know. I get this tsunami of comments saying, ‘You’re coming back! You signed a contract.’ I really haven’t.