Report: Original Plans For Edge Vs. Randy Orton In A WWE Singles Match Revealed
The build could have been very different...
Last night, Edge and Randy Orton continued their rivalry in what was billed as The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. The two Superstars battled back and forth for over 44 minutes and the consensus is that the bout was one of WWE's best matches in the last 10 years and is a candidate for match of the year.
Edge and Orton weren't originally scheduled to go one on one at Backlash, however, as Gary Cassidy at Sportskeeda revealed WWE wanted to have the match at SummerSlam but brought it forward because of a lack of "star power" at the June pay-per-view. WWE is missing numerous top stars at the moment including Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch.
Cassidy tweeted: "Unsure if this is already known, but I've been told Edge vs Randy Orton was brought forward from SummerSlam due to the lack of "star power" available to WWE for #WWEBacklash. The decision was made due to Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch being unavailable."
Cassidy also noted WWE didn't originally plan to bill Edge vs. Orton as The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever but Vince McMahon thought it would be a good way to boost the "star power" of the pay-per-view as a whole.