Edge On Raw: Will It Really Reach The Level It Should?
So its been a couple of weeks since the WWE draft and some new directions are beginning to develop. I may write a future article on other aspects of the Draft's implications but there is one point that is slightly concerning me and I wanted to ask you guys what you think.
Whether Teddy Long likes to admit it or not Raw is absolutely stacked with Cena, Batista, HHH, Edge, Jericho and Sheamus headlining and some interesting possibilities with the likes of The Miz, John Morrison and Ted Dibiase in the upper midcard. Although there is much discussion of retirements and extended breaks for some of these names there will be no lack of star-power on Raw this year.
My concern is that WWE is already underutilising and potentially wasting the possibilities that the Raw main event offers, particularly with regards to one man, one of my personal favourites, Edge! He has made a big impact since the Draft and has some in the IWC going wild about a return to Attitude, his promos have been great, his personality intense and the excitement very real, so what's the problem?!
There are some feuds that have the potential to blow the roof and are usually reserved for Summerslam or Wrestlemania, normally include the belt and have some very personal angle to them. They can form the cornerstone of Raw for months and have the crowd thinking it was all worth the wait!
Two feuds that I would put into this category are Edge vs Jericho and Edge vs Orton, but alas I feel that they will never happen in the way they should. Edge vs Jericho is seemingly now over as a feud and whilst entertaining it never really caught alight, there was never the "sending to hell" or "RKO to Stephanie" moment which encapsulates the feud and will be remembered for a while to come. I can't believe that there are many who think these two legends really explored all of the potential of the feud.
Meanwhile, Edge vs Orton has only just begun, but for me the early signs are not good. These are two of the hottest properties in the WWE, formed Rated-RKO together and have huge fan bases. The potential back-story and buildup to this could have been incredible, and yet it all starts with Edge spearing Orton, "just to make an impact". These two will now face one-on-one at Over The Limit without a championship on the line and with no real personal angle to it, whereas I saw it as a guaranteed Wrestlemania main-event.
The issue is these feuds only have one chance really, if that don't work out this time, then another time a lot of people with just yawn and say "We have already seen this".
Now, this article is unlike me, I usually don't berate the WWE like this but I'm worried that with Edge now back as heel and these two feuds not quite being built in the way I would see as best, that the opportunity for original excellence for Edge is being limited. I look forward to Edge, Orton and the WWE proving me wrong and would encourage feedback and your thoughts, Thanks.
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