“I Truly Wanted to Be Despised 100%” – Edge Reveals His Motivation Working as a Heel in WWE

Published 07/22/2021, 10:05 AM EDT


From starting his career in WWE as a mid-carder to grabbing a staggering 31 titles in the company, Edge has done it all in the pro-wrestling business. He even became the first person to defeat The Undertaker inside of a Hell in a Cell match.

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Edge was out of action for almost a decade because of a career-threatening neck injury, he made his comeback at the Royal Rumble PPV back in 2020.

Throughout his career he has received a lot of heat because of his cheap antics to get his hands on the World title, it was because Edge loved to play the heel character and lived every second by it.

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Edge says he did not want to be liked by the WWE Universe

In a recent interview with another WWE Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle on his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, Edge was a special guest over there. The Rated-R Superstar discussed his future with Roman Reigns and his future prospects.

When Angle asked him about his heel run in the year 2005 to 2006 while he was facing John Cena for the world title, Edge said that his mindset was to get everyone to hate him, he wanted to be “the Joker to John Cena’s Batman”.

Edge shows he is not shy of making a self-congratulatory gesture during the WWE Raw Superslam event at Acer Arena, Homebush Stadium in Sydney on August 4, 2006. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

“My goal as a heel, I truly wanted to be despised by 100% of that audience. That was my goal. I didn’t want one person cheering me. So I would try and present myself in a way that there were no redeeming qualities whatsoever…  I wanted you to think that I was the worst, sleazy, maniacal, do anything to get to the top. That was really the mantra for Edge at that stage. All he cares about is the world title. That’s it.” said Edge.

This mentality really helped Edge getting more and more heat from the audience, with his cheap antics on the top stars and his Lita storyline really made the WWE Universe despise him.

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Edge recently lost his chance to win the Universal Championship against ‘The Tribal Chief’ at the Money in the Bank PPV this Sunday, thanks to the interference of Seth Rollins.

Edge is most likely to address the crowd this coming Friday night at SmackDown and let his thoughts be known.

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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