At the Royal Rumble, Edge did the impossible and returned to the squared circle nine years after being forced to retire.
The Rated-R Superstar will compete in his first one on one match since his return this weekend at WrestleMania 36 as he takes on his former friend Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match. Ahead of the bout, Edge sat down with Tim Fiorvanti at ESPN to discuss his return.
The 11-time world champion explained he tried to keep his return a secret as much as possible, despite it being widely reported that he was set to step inside the ring again. This involved WWE sending him a ring which he put inside a secret warehouse near his home so he could train. He said he was lucky that he had Beth Phoenix because he could get rid of some ring rust with her, but that The Revival would also come down and wrestle with him.
This ultimately gave Edge the confidence to commit to returning to the ring as he realised he was keeping up with active WWE Superstars and would be able to perform at a level he deemed acceptable.
The WWE Hall Of Famer said: "I talked to Triple H and I said 'I can't go to a ring anywhere because people will start seeing me. I can't go to the PC.' So they sent me a ring. I got a warehouse space and I set up a ring and basically had my own personal 'Field of Dreams,' and I just got in there and got to work. Thankfully, I'm married to another Hall of Famer who can pick up and body slam me, which you can't say for a lot of wives. The Revival, they both live in Asheville, so they'd come and they'd get in there with me, and they'd put me through my paces.
"I was keeping up with them. I wasn't tired, and I wasn't sore, and I thought 'OK, this is going to happen, and this is going to happen at a level that I wanted.' I didn't want to come back and be anything less than what I was. I'm going to have to work differently. I'm going to have different limitations... I still want to be able to go in there and be able to go half an hour."