If everything had gone according to plan, The Judgment Day would have been the second coming of The Brood for Edge.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge was a recent guest on After The Bell with Corey Graves to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked if he ever envisioned The Judgment Day getting to this point, Edge admitted that he didn’t.
“I mean, no, honestly,” Edge admitted. “I honestly thought maybe we would get to this part of the story now. You just have to make due and figure it out. And thankfully, they were given the reins to take this in a different direction. In an entirely different direction than it would have with Edge at the helm. Again, because with Edge at the helm, it’s swimming upstream because we’re trying to get an audience to turn on a character, but they know the backstory to this character.
“They know the real-life story behind this character. They know Adam’s story. So it’s like, well, we don’t really want to hate this guy because he fought back for something that he wanted to get back, and he’s also doing something that nobody’s ever done before. He’s wrestling with a triple fusion in his neck; no one has ever done that. So it can be hard to hate that. And I was trying. Every little like old school heel trick in the book I was trying. Calling them Cheeto-eating bastards and whatever else, but it wasn’t gonna work.
“It might have eventually with more time, but it would have taken a lot more work, whereas [Finn] Balor not being as firmly established, even though he’s established. Not 25 years of equity within the company because this June is the 25-year anniversary of my TV debut. So you got to figure like people have grown up watching me. Now they’re bringing their kids, and they’re saying to their kids, ‘Hey, check this guy out. He was there when I was a kid.’ That’s where I’m at now.
“So you have to look at it and kind of work with what you got. And thankfully, all four of them, with the addition of Dom [Mysterio], have taken this thing in completely different directions. I think they’re being more of themselves, and when you can be more yourself, then chances are it’s going to work because you’re going to inject the actual person behind the character with some reality with some truths with some actual interests with the way you would actually speak and that to me is absolutely key.”
When asked if there was a conscious effort at first for The Judgment Day to be like a second coming of The Brood, Edge revealed that was the template the stable was designed under.
“That was absolutely the template,” Edge confirmed. “When I was first approached with the idea of starting a group, the initial pitch was, ‘Want a new Brood? Who would that be?’ And I said, ‘Well, [Damian] Priest and [Rhea] Ripley.’
“To me, that just visually, but also from a talent perspective, that makes sense, and those three that’s a visual that I can go okay, now I start picturing the entrances and let’s get a spotlight and I got a song it’s called The Other Side, and it’ll fit the story.
“So start putting all those pieces together, and the addition of Dom to this thing, just a stroke of genius, honestly. And I think from it; Dom has been able to grow into such just a major part of making this thing work.”
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