7. Edge vs. Randy Orton: Greatest Wrestling Match Ever (Backlash)
Edge returned at the Royal Rumble in what was one of the greatest moments of the year, and almost immediately after, his former partner, Randy Orton, looked to put him back on the shelf. They have since had two bouts against each other. The first, a Last Man Standing match, took place at WrestleMania 36, with Edge emerging victorious after over a half-hour of battle.
The second, and more superior, match saw them lock horns in a traditional wrestling match, dubbed with a title that put unsurmountable pressure on both competitors and expressed the ridiculousness going on in WWE’s booking meetings. Was it the “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever”? No chance, Kazuchika Okada wasn’t in it. But was it a really good match? Oh yeah.
I marked out at the return of Edge, one of my favourite wrestlers throughout my childhood. I was gutted when he had to retire and I popped like mad when he returned. Edge had always been able to pull out a classic match, but there were some sizeable doubts cast as to whether he could still perform well after so long on the shelf.
Orton is another good wrestler; he has a slow and meticulous form of wrestling that doesn’t always please the eye, but he is a safe and solid worker, and this melded perfectly for their match.
The booking behind it was fine as well. I enjoy the fact that, following his return from injury, we are probably going to see more of “The Rated R Superstar” against “The Viper”, and I would like it to be for the WWE Championship, if I’m not asking for too much, and the result left room for that.