Edge Claims He “Wasn’t Keen” On Saudi Arabia Trip

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WWE Hall of Famer Edge admitted that he was hesitant to travel to Saudi Arabia, but believes that the trio of himself, Seth Rollins and referee Jessika Carr, achieved something to be proud of.

While Edge and Seth Rollins’ Hell In A Cell match at Crown Jewel provided a brutal conclusion to their rivalry, it also made history. Jessika Carr was the third person in the ring for the savage finale, marking the first time a female referee had presided over a match in Saudi Arabia.

The bout was a fitting end to a rivalry that began has its roots in a confrontation between the two men in 2014. Edge defeated Rollins at SummerSlam before the former Shield member evened the score on SmackDown, forcing The Rated R Superstar to be stretchered out of Madison Square Garden.

With each man having a victory to his name, Crown Jewel was scheduled for one final meeting inside the steel structure.

Edge revealed on The Kids on the Escalator podcast why Carr ended up being the official for the trio of bouts between Edge and Rollins:

“I had SummerSlam coming up with Seth, and Charles Robinson wasn’t going to be there. I’m at the stage of my career where I’m a little picky when it comes to who refs because there is a comfort level and you find a zone together. It’s one less thing as a talent that I have to concern myself with because I know that person is going to be there.”

“Charles wasn’t going to be at SummerSlam and I talked to him about Jess, ‘should we give her a shot because I’ve watched her and she’s good. Let’s see how she does.’ He thought it was a great idea.”

We took a test run at SummerSlam and she is so confident and really good. She wasn’t shy or timid, she took control of the situation and I always appreciate it when someone does that. We had MSG and I said, ‘I think you have to do part two, kiddo.’”

The former WWE Champion then explained that he wasn’t too sure about making the trip to the Middle East but having Carr officiate the bout over there made the trip more than worth it:

“When they asked me about blowing off the story in Saudi Arabia, I wasn’t too keen on going, I’ll be honest, but as we talked and they said ‘we need it there,’ I said, ‘Lets get Jess to ref there,’ not knowing if we’d be able to. I just loved the idea of a woman being in control of two men in that country.”

“If it flew over a lot of heads, whatever, but for me, I can come back to my girls one day and tell them ‘I went over there.’ I think we did something cool. She was right there for everything, not overwhelmed by the moment, and stood up to the challenge. It was really cool to see.”

Edge hasn’t been seen on WWE television since defeating Rollins at Crown Jewel. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins has emerged as the leading contender for Big E’s WWE Championship. Rollins won a Fatal-Four-Way Ladder Match on a recent Raw episode to earn a future shot at the champion.

H/T to Fightful

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