On the WWE 24 special on Edge, the R-Rated superstar confirmed that prior to his legendary return at this year’s Royal Rumble he was in talks with another wrestling company in the industry who was interested in him. The Hall of Famer admits he never intended to start a bidding war between that company and WWE, and decided to have a face-to-face with Vince McMahon regarding a return.
SummerSlam happened and another company within the industry contacted me and said they were interested and wanted to know if I could wrestle. At this point, I didn’t know if I could. Before I did anything, I decided I needed to find out. Some discussions were had. The one thing I told them through all of this was, ‘When you give me your offer, I need to go talk to Vince.’ He’s done right by me my entire career. He gave me my chance. He trusted me to be able to pull off a lot of things, be a pillar for his shows, be a general. That goes a long way for me. I reached out to Vince and said, ‘I need to talk to you this weekend. It needs to be face to face, not through texts or phone calls.’ I went, sat down with him, and told him everything. It wasn’t trying to get a bidding war going or anything like that. WWE didn’t even know if this was possible. I didn’t know if this was possible. He said, ‘Well, this needs to happen here.'”
Although he never mentions them by name…the indication is that Edge was referencing AEW, as reports from several sources claimed that they were the company who contacted him. Once he was cleared to return he texted his wife, fellow WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, and stated “I’m cleared.” Check out the full WWE 24 special on the WWE Network. (H/T and transcribed by Fightful)