Well, we all saw that one coming.
In a move that has to be described as “less than shocking,” WWE superstar Edge returned to action Sunday night in Atlanta and won the over-the-top rope Royal Rumble to cash his ticket to WrestleMania 26.
The wrestling world has been abuzz regarding the Royal Rumble this year as, for the first time in years, there didn’t appear to be an odds-on favorite to win the Rumble.
That was, however, unless of course Edge could return in time.
For those who have forgotten, Edge went under the knife in July of last year to repair a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in a match with Jeff Hardy.
The injury was reportedly expected to keep Edge out of action for several months, potentially as much as a year.
Fans of the WWE have grown skeptical regarding injury-timelines in recent years as we’ve been given the same grim diagnosis for superstars like Mr. Kennedy, John Cena, and Batista, only to see them make “shocking” returns, months ahead of schedule.
As such, numerous WWE fans were anticipating a possible Edge appearance in the Rumble, and undoubtedly if Edge returned, he would likely win the match.
As expected, the Rated-R Superstar entered the fray at No. 29 and eliminated his former tag team partner Chris Jericho and then John Cena to win the Rumble for the first time in his decorated career.
Edge has a championship dossier that is matched by few, if any, superstars in the business today.
He is a 12-time holder of the WWE World Tag Team Championship, a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion, a five-time Intercontinental Champion, a former WCW United States Champion, a five-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a four-time WWE Champion, the winner of the 2001 King of the Ring tournament, and the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match winner.
Today, Edge can add a new accolade to his already imposing credentials, winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble.
Where the WWE will take the angle from here is anyone’s guess.
Edge seemed to gain a very positive face reaction last night, and the obvious matchup would be the Edge/Chris Jericho match that most of the Internet wrestling community has been salivating over for nearly six months.
With the ridiculous Elimination Chamber pay-per-view only three weeks away, there is still time to put one of the World Titles on Jericho before WrestleMania and give a sufficient build-up for that main event.
As it stands now, Edge would be choosing between the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Undertaker—a feud we’ve seen a few too many times in recent years—or current WWE Champion, Sheamus.
Undertaker/Edge is undoubtedly entertaining, but both currently are faces and after back-to-back years of having the Rumble winner lose at WrestleMania, it seems far more likely that Edge will garner a win at Mania this year.
I just can’t foresee the WWE putting him over ‘Taker and ending “The Steak.”
Sheamus—if there is a God—won’t be the WWE Champion by WrestleMania.
Now that he’s got the gold, I can’t help but wonder if there’s ever been a world champion who was so universally ignored by the audience and—seemingly—the writing crew and front office as well.
When the dust finally settles, I’d anticipate that Jericho gets his mitts on one of the big gold belts between now and Mania and we get the match we’re all dying to see.