WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has revealed that he always expected Edge to be the “breakout star” when he and Christian split up.
Edge and Christian were one of the most successful tag teams in WWE’s ‘Attitude Era,’ winning the Tag Team Championships seven times and participating in an iconic feud with the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz that put all three teams on the map.
After Christian became envious of Edge for winning the 2001 King of the Ring tournament, he turned his back on his kayfabe brother and the two separated. Edge was the more successful of the two after they parted ways, enjoying a long run in the main event and holding the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships a combined total of 11 times. Christian, on the other hand, has won the World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. He left WWE for TNA, now IMPACT Wrestling, where he wrestled for several years and won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.
On a recent edition of ‘Grilling JR‘ the WWE Hall of Famer said that he always expected Edge to be the greater star because of the way he connected with the audience.
“I always thought Edge was going to be a breakout star because he connected with the audience, and Jay [Jay Reso, Christian’s real name] was always the clear number two on that team. So I was glad they both got their opportunity to grow on their own, but I always thought that Edge had a little bit of a leg up in that scenario, but that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that Christian wasn’t a very good hand.”
Christian came out of retirement in 2021 and signed with AEW, where he is known as Christian Cage. Recently he defeated Kenny Omega for the IMPACT World Championship and the two would then go on to headline All Out on September 5th for the AEW World Championship. This time with the ‘Best Bout Machine’ was victorious. JR said it was an “outstanding” match and that Christian is a “hell of a worker”, but lacks the charisma of the ‘Rated-R Superstar”.
“The match that Christian had with Kenny Omega in AEW was outstanding. He’s still a hell of a worker. He’s always been a hell of a worker, but he just didn’t quite have the connectable charisma that Adam Copeland, aka Edge, had. That’s very special. It’s not a knock on Christian whatsoever because Adam had specialness about him and I’m just really happy that he’s back in the game at a schedule he can manage.”
Edge and Christian made their last appearance together at the Royal Rumble in January 2021 when Christian stepped in the ring for the first time since he retired in 2014. The two hugged in the ring, with Edge later saying he was “proud” of Christian for the work he had done to get back in action.