Edge On TLC Matches: "Part Of Me Feels We Pushed It Too Far"

"The Rated R Superstar" reflects...

In an interview with Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report, Edge reflected back on the impactful Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches made famous by he, Christian, The Dudley Boyz, and The Hardy Boyz close to 20 years ago.

While he acknowledges that the matches are special, he does lament that the matches he took part in may have kicked off a negative trend, especially as matches of that ilk that followed his will take greater risks in order to thrill fans.

"There is that part of me that feels we pushed it too far," Edge said. "At that time, we were young and we were hungry, and we were just champing at the bit to get noticed and to make our mark. And how do you do that when you have Steve Austin firing on every cylinder? When you have The Rock firing on every cylinder? When you have The Undertaker and Mankind and Kane and Triple H—what do you do to stand out, to get noticed, to start creating some kind of a groundswell? Well, we were willing to take risks. And we'd like to think that they were calculated and that they made sense. But I still think we've pushed it so far. 

"And when I look at young talent now and I see matches like, 'Oh, they're doing so much.' But then I have to temper it, remind myself, 'Well, dumbass, you're partly responsible for this because of the TLC matches.' I really would love for it to become more story-driven, more selling and more just that type of thing. But I'm also proud of it, you know? And I'm proud of the work we all did. I'm proud of all those guys. And we'll always share a special bond because of that. Being involved and then on the ground floor of something like that, it's special."

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.