During the Men's Royal Rumble Match, Edge shocked the professional wrestling world when he made his return to the ring for the first time in almost nine years as the 21st entrant.
The 11-time world champion will now face his former friend Randy Orton at WrestleMania 36 this weekend in a Last Man Standing match. Ahead of The Showcase Of The Immortals, Edge sat down with Tim Fiorvanti at ESPN.
The Rated-R Superstar said the moment he realised he might be able to return to the squared circle was when Sheamus filmed an episode of Celtic Warrior Workouts with him in the Summer of 2019. Edge explained they went mountain biking, and while doing it he crashed at 25mph and landed on some stones. Despite being cut up and rolling his foot, the former Vikings star realised his surgically repaired neck was fine. This ultimately made him consider whether or not it would be possible for him to wrestle again.
Edge said: "It started dawning on me that this could be a possibility when Sheamus came to town, and we were filming an episode of his Celtic Warrior workout show. He wants to do different challenging things that he hasn't done before, and I love to mountain bike...In the process of doing that, this stupid competitive thing, I'm flying down a mountain, I hit this one jump, and I wiped out.
"It's a pretty gnarly wipeout. I was going probably 20, 25 mph, landed on these stones, rolled right up to my feet. But I'm fine. I was all cut up, but my neck was fine. Couple that with doing all of these fight scenes over the years on sets, some pretty physical stuff, especially with Vikings and I thought 'OK, I feel really good.'"