Edge: Somewhere Along The Way It Became Less About Faces And Heels, And More About Stars

Edge returned from his latest setback at WWE Royal Rumble 2021, winning the men's Royal Rumble and punching his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 37.

Ahead of the Rumble and his victory, Edge spoke about regaining what he never lost -- the WWE Championship, which he relinquished in 2011 due to retirement -- seemingly setting him up to be a sympathetic babyface on the road to WrestleMania.

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Since then, the script has flipped as Edge has started to show a heelish side, trying to freeze out Daniel Bryan in the Universal Title picture despite Bryan having a gripe that he was never given a fair shot at the Universal Title after winning Elimination Chamber, and then Edge costing Bryan his Universal Title match at WWE Fastlane.

Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out of Character, Edge discussed the shades of gray that goes into wrestling nowadays and how he misses the more black and white dynamic.

"At some point, there needs to be that heel that is not that overpowering heel," he began. "That is conniving and manipulating. 'Oh man, if the babyface can get his hands on that guy, he would tear him apart,' but he never does because the heel is always two steps ahead. I don't know who that is right now or who is being given that opportunity. Somewhere along the way it became less about heels and faces and just about stars. In that, I think you lost some of that dynamic. I know the argument is, 'as long as there's a reaction,' but there's a reason that stories generally have good and evil. You can have shades of gray in there, but if they all navigate through shades of gray then you can get apathy too. I personally love the white and black hat, but I don't know how realistic that is now with how splintered and fractured everything is with social media changing every form of entertainment."

Edge pointed out that people knew who was good and who was evil in the feud between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, though he admitted that some fans would still cheer for Piper.

Due to Edge costing Bryan his match at Fastlane, WWE official Adam Pearce added Bryan to the WWE Universal Title match at WrestleMania 37, making it a triple threat bout.

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