While writing the WWE 50 book, I had the opportunity to speak with Edge about what it was like being on the roster during the Invasion angle. Only a portion of our conversation wound up in the book, but here’s a large portion of what didn’t end up in the book for your reading pleasure.
When WWE won the Monday Night War and the WCW guys ended up coming in, did you ever fear for your spot with all the new guys being added to the roster?
Edge: I never feared it because I always figured I’d kick ass enough that they’d have no choice but to put me on, and I know Christian felt the same way. I believe we were feuding with the Hardys at that time and I know they felt the same way. We figured we’d be OK because we were bringing something to the table that nobody else was.
I never feared for my spot. But I also didn’t know how it was all going to flesh out. I remember we were all standing there watching, and saying, “Wow, that’s pretty huge.” But we didn’t know who was going to come over. Was Steiner going to come over? Was Goldberg going to come over? Was Sting going to come over? I thought, “This is great; I’m going to get to wrestle Sting.” At the same time, I also thought that no competition is horrible for the industry and that’s kinda what ended up happening.
Did you take any joy in being the one to unify the Intercontinental and United States Championships?
Edge: It was so muddied with the amount of titles that there were that you almost had to do it. It was a shame to see it go because of the history that it had. I was happy to be able to unify them, but at the same time, it was two WWE guys fighting over it. There weren’t any true WCW guys … that’s where it all got watered down and basterdized. It wasn’t truly promotion vs. promotion, or what it could’ve been. Test and I were both WWE guys. I think it lost a lot of steam in the fans’ eyes.
Shortly after that, the Intercontinental Title was abandoned. What did you think of that happening to such a prestigious championship?
Edge: There are some things that get taken for granted. That’s one of them. It’s the IC Title. It means something. To me as a fan, it was the springboard; it was the stepping stone … If you could do it there, you were going to get a shot to do it in the main events. Savage, Steamboat, Bret, Shawn, Perfect, Rude and that era of the IC title, that truly was the match that I wanted to watch. It shouldn’t have gone away, obviously.
What was the overall feeling like backstage during the Invasion angle?
Edge: It felt very unorganized. It was one of those things where it became like the nWo where there were 50 members … it was ECW, it was Shane, it was Steph… It was like, “What it is going on here?” I was one of the performers and I couldn’t understand and follow the thread. It was too confusing. It was just watered down.
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