Edge hasn't officially returned to WWE since his latest absence started, but the company already had some plans in order for him months ago.
Fightful Select has learned that as of late November, WWE had Edge penciled in for the first couple of PLE events of the year. As Fightful Select had reported on a Q&A show upon his hiatus, the working plan was for Edge to take on Finn Balor upon his return to pick up their long-running feud, with WrestlingNews.co reporting that they'd be competing at Royal Ruble. Edge's limited dates was a factor in the rivalry being spread out. We can also confirm WrestlingNews.co's report that as of that point (ahead of Survivor Series) it was scheduled to be a Hell in a Cell match.
However, it's not just Edge that was planned for the Elimination Chamber PLE in February. Again, as of November, the tentative plan was for Edge's wife Beth Phoenix to be involved in the Montreal event, teaming with Edge to take on Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor.
It's worth noting that several of the plans that were on the books have been moved up, scrapped, or changed, which can always happens, and these matches can't be considered official until WWE officially announces it themselves.
Edge has been filming a TV show or movie of late.
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