Adam “Edge” Copeland went wire to wire last night, outlasting 29 other wrestlers to become the 2021 Royal Rumble winner – which in turn has guaranteed him a spot in a WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania 37.
What’s so special about this win? Edge was forced to retire in 2011 due to a severe neck injury, vacating the Heavyweight Championship in the process. He was then inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a year later.
9 years would go by before a shocking and emotional return by Edge in the 2020 Royal Rumble to a massive ovation from the crowd. After feuding with Randy Orton for most of 2020, Edge cut a promo on Monday Night Raw saying he was going to win the Royal Rumble and reclaim the title he never lost at Wrestlemania
Well, he wasn’t wrong about the first part…
Edge was the number one entrant in the Rumble, and he squared off with his rival, and former partner, Randy Orton who came out second. After battling outside the ring with Orton, Edge would eventually hit Randy with a DDT on the table and take a chair to the Viper’s leg that would force Orton to the back with an injury.
About 35 minutes into the match, there was another surprise appearance: Edge’s long time tag team partner, Christian. After Christian cleaned house, there was a stare down between Christian and Edge before both men smiled and hugged in the middle of the ring in an awesome, nostalgic moment. Edge and Christian would work together before Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins would also make their returns as the last two wrestlers to enter the ring.
Strowman would be taken out by both Edge and Christian, and then Christian would be eliminated by Rollins, leaving Seth and Edge in the ring. Edge eventually got the upper hand and tossed the Messiah from the ring, only to have Randy Orton return and hit Edge with an RKO. Randy Orton then tried to throw out Edge, but the Rated R Superstar was able to reverse the move, and finally eliminate Orton to win the Rumble.
This is the second time that Edge has won the Royal Rumble, and this win was 11 years to the day from his first win in 2010. He lasted the entire match that ran just under an hour, and became the 3rd person in WWE history to win the match from the number 1 spot – it’s been over seventeen years since Chris Benoit went the distance in 2004.
Now, all that is left to figure out is who Edge will choose to Challenge at Wrestlemania 37 – will he go after Raw champion Drew McIntyre, or Smackdown champion Roman Reigns? It could be an incredible redemption story if Edge is able to climb back to the top of the mountain after having nine years taken from his career.
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