Edge Makes Stunning Return as No. 21 Entrant at 2020 WWE Royal Rumble

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2020

Wrestler Edge attends the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Charles Sykes/Associated Press

Edge made his in-ring WWE return as the No. 21 entrant in the Royal Rumble match Sunday.

He hadn't wrestled since successfully defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII in 2011.

The Rated-R Superstar abruptly retired, telling fans he was experiencing "numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands." He met with a doctor who told him he needed to walk away and wouldn't be able to wrestle again.

Edge appeared at SummerSlam last August and delivered a spear to Elias.

Given his age (46) and injury history, a full-time comeback almost certainly isn't in the cards.

But PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported in December that Edge had signed a new deal with WWE. In addition to competing in the Rumble match, Johnson speculated Edge might "do a few matches on major events."

At the very least, seeing him back was a welcome surprise for fans Sunday.

Related

    Grading Monday Night Raw ✍️

    WWE logo
    WWE

    Grading Monday Night Raw ✍️

    The Doctor Chris Mueller
    via Bleacher Report

    Video: Edge Delivers Powerful Message to Randy Orton Ahead of WrestleMania Match

    WWE logo
    WWE

    Video: Edge Delivers Powerful Message to Randy Orton Ahead of WrestleMania Match

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    WWE Confirms Andrade Suffered Injury, Will Not Compete at WM

    WWE logo
    WWE

    WWE Confirms Andrade Suffered Injury, Will Not Compete at WM

    Ryan Satin
    via Pro Wrestling Sheet | Insider Wrestling News and Reports

    Watch Undertaker's Instant-Classic Promo on AJ Styles

    WWE logo
    WWE

    Watch Undertaker's Instant-Classic Promo on AJ Styles

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report