Randy Orton: Being Chosen As Edge's First Opponent In 10 Years Is The Best Compliment I Can Get

Randy Orton says Edge wanting to work with him first after almost a decade out of competition is the greatest compliment he could ever be given in the industry.

After almost a decade out of the ring, Edge returned at the Royal Rumble in 2020 and would have his first feud after 10 years with an old friend, Randy Orton. Both men engaged in a war at WrestleMania 36 in a match that lasted well over 30 minutes.

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Speaking with Corey Graves on WWE After The Bell, Randy Orton candidly spoke about being honored to be chosen by Edge and all of the real emotions that went into their match at WrestleMania.

“As far as who I was able to work with, he was able to wrestle. It couldn't have got any better for me. Edge is one of the guys coming up that took me under his wing. And although the promos and the stuff that we've done, there is a lot of realism to it,” Randy began. “The story I told Beth about when I was first brought backstage [and] Edge was the first guy that approached me and the first guy that wished me luck. Like, all that is true and so I have a lot of history with Edge in the ring and out. We used to drive up and down the road together, that was true. But knowing that I was his top pick to come back and get into the ring after almost 10 years with all the injuries he's had, including the neck surgery, that right there, you know that that's probably the greatest compliment I could ever get.”

Randy continued, “So, knowing Edge considered me to be the safest guy he could work with and also have a story with that. We could capitalize on that. That really made me feel quite well, to be honest with you, I was very honored that Edge wanted to work with me first to kind of see field things out for the first time after 10 years.”

Edge and Randy Orton will work together once again at backlash 2020 and what is being billed as “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.”

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