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Superstar Scores: EDGE Career Retrospective Ranking

Posted by Anthony Mango Thursday, January 2, 2020
Welcome to another edition of SUPERSTAR SCORES! For entry #24 in this series, we'll be focusing on The Rated R Superstar, WWE Hall of Famer EDGE.

If you're unfamiliar with how the segment works, here is a quick breakdown: Each edition, a wrestler will be put under the spotlight and rated on a 0-100 scale based on 10 categories that have been broken up into 5 umbrella sections: In the Ring Skills, On the Mic Skills, Appearance, Behavior, and Crowd Reaction. The rating scale is as basic as you can get: 0-1-2-3-4 | 5 | 6-7-8-9-10. It follows the Three-Count Critique method of green being the good, yellow being in the middle, and red being the bad. A perfect 100 is the goal.

EDGE

IN THE RING SKILLS

Athleticism: Does the person have a good signature moveset and finisher? Can they perform a wide variety of moves on a regular basis and not botch them?

My Rating = 7
He's had his moments, particularly in hardcore matches, but while he's always been a super capable wrestler in pretty much any match, he's not some cruiserweight doing all the most innovative flips in the world.

Psychology: The wrestler's ability to tell a story in the ring. Do they make you believe it's real or do they forget to sell their injuries properly? Can they make a long match stay interesting and not get boring?

My Rating = 9
This is where his strength was. When Edge was wrestling a match, it was much more about the story and less about a series of spots.

ON THE MIC SKILLS

Charisma: If they get a mic, can they cut a promo without stuttering? Are they repetitive or do they keep things fresh?

My Rating = 9
You give him a mic, he'll knock it out of the park, but he is still one notch below the best of all time types.

Character: Is their gimmick(s) interesting? Can they pull off being both a heel and a face?

My Rating = 8
He was goofy, he was manipulative, he was serious, he was funny and it all worked super well.

APPEARANCE

Physique: Are they in the proper shape for their gimmick or are they out of shape? (note: someone like Mabel isn't supposed to look like John Morrison, but Matt Hardy gaining weight deducts his points).

My Rating = 6
Edge was never the most chiseled person, nor the most muscular, but he also didn't need to be. This is a weaker side of his career, but it never held him back.

Entrance: Their music, the pyro if they have any, whatever taunts or actions they do to make it interesting.

My Rating = 9
Metalingus? The smoke? The pyro? The pose? The intensity? You factor in The Brood and the other ones, too, and he's up there as some of the best.

BEHAVIOR

Backstage Professionalism: Are they a locker room leader or do they cause problems behind the scenes? Are they bogged down in politics? Do they put other people over or screw people over?

My Rating = 7
The Lita and Matt Hardy situation definitely docks him a lot of points. However, other than that, is there anything else that really hinders him? Not that I'm aware, at least.

Public Relations: Does this wrestler project a bad image onto the company with arrests and such, or are they someone that promotes the company well, does charities, talk shows, etc?

My Rating = 8
The guy apparently started his own charity and has done pretty much all the other ones.

CROWD REACTION

Popularity: How loud are the cheers and boos for them? Do they sell merchandise? Are ratings up or down when they're on screen? How many Twitter and Facebook followers do they have?

My Rating = 8
Super super popular, even though he was never "the guy" for any era he was in.

Credibility: Is this person someone you would see as a main eventer and a future legend or are they doomed to forever be a jobber?

My Rating = 9
Royal Rumble. King of the Ring. Money in the Bank. Triple Crown. More championships than he could possibly remember. This guy won it all, basically. I wouldn't give him a 10 because a lot of those reigns were short or he won the belts through nefarious means, but he's worth being in the top echelon just from numbers alone.

TOTAL SCORE: 80/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: Edge is awesome. He's one of my favorites that I think people don't give as much credit to as they should when they are talking about the best wrestlers ever. Major points for someone who deserves it.


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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer, host of Smack Talk, and much more for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, media manager and more. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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