WWE: Could Edge Have a Successful Career as an Actor?

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2012

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They’re at it again.

WWE, in its bid to continue trying to establish itself as force in Hollywood, has churned out another flick featuring a superstar. This time, of course, it’s Edge—the man who was forced into early retirement last year due to no longer being physically able to compete.  

But, that’s not stopping him from stepping in front of the camera once again.

Bending the Rules finds Edge starring alongside Jamie Kennedy in an action comedy. Edge portrays detective Nick Blades, a rebel cop who plays by his own rules.  

Talk about an original concept—never heard that one before, have you?

No, this is not a movie review. The truth is, I have yet to see WWE Films' latest project. And, it’s not to criticize Vince McMahon’s foray into Hollywood. WWE is a business after all, and just like any good company, they want to grow and make money. I understand that.

But is Edge the man who could help make that happen?

I for one believe that Edge is one of the most entertaining superstars in WWE history. His ability to totally inhabit his character, to sell it to the crowd—whether acting as a heel or baby face—set him apart from the rest.  

Edge was supremely confident in who he was, and exceedingly comfortable in his own skin. No matter what the angle or how crazy the storyline could be that he was involved in, Edge was a must-see superstar every time he was on TV.

Being rated R made all the difference in the world.

Be honest, how strong was Edge as a future main-event player? How much did fans actually care about what he said, or what he did? How many fans believed that he would one day not only become a multiple-time WWE and World Champion, but would have a first-class ticket to the Hall of Fame?

But, after his infamous affair with Lita, Edge went from being a mid-card performer with potential to being a headliner in WWE.

Suddenly, Edge’s career took off, and he shot to the top faster than anyone could have expected.

And, once he got there, he took full advantage of it.

Edge proved that he was fully capable of making the best of the situation. It’s not that he became more talented or better at what he did after the Rated R Superstar character was born—the fact is Edge had that in him the entire time.

But the controversial spotlight that he stood in caused more fans to turn his way than ever had before. All eyes were on Edge, and though his first WWE Title was inevitable at that point, I for one was a bit surprised.

I too, like many other fans, thought that perhaps it was too soon for Edge. I believed that the only reason he was getting the gold was because he was still riding the high that began due to an extramarital affair, and perhaps he didn’t deserve the title. But, at the end of the day, the cold hard truth is that in this business, you have to find a way to get over. 

Sometimes it’s due to hard work, sometimes it’s due to luck and sometimes it’s both. You have to seize the moment and do whatever it takes to get to that next level despite what anyone else says if you’re serious about being one of the best in the business.

Edge wanted it. He made it happen and he deserves all the credit for establishing himself as one of the most memorable, most talented WWE superstars of all time.

So, will he make a splash in Tinseltown?

Nothing is guaranteed of course, but Edge has many intangibles, like Roddy Piper, that give him an advantage as he ventures into Hollywood.

Edge is, first and foremost, a natural on the mic and has the power to make you either love him or hate him based upon his words. Sounds like an easy prospect for a professional wrestler, but many have gone before Edge who, despite all the effort from the WWE marketing machine, could not buy a reaction from fans.

He’s also very likeable, a guy fans instantly warm up to and want to see. From the moment he was forced to retire, Edge may have been out of sight, but never out of mind. Fans are still talking about him and are constantly looking for possible ways he could return in some capacity to the company.

And, when it comes to acting, I have to say, he’s not bad. He likely wants to improve at what he’s doing, much like he did as a worker, and with the more roles he has, the better he should become.

No one knows what the future holds for Edge in this new phase of his life, but he undoubtedly has the support from WWE fans as it unfolds. He was one of a kind in the ring, and with some work—combined with a little luck—he will hopefully be one of a kind as an actor.

But, his next movie has got to be rated R. Come on, Vince. Get with the program here.