Edge & Christian Comment On Recent WWE Releases


Former WWE Tag Team Champion Edge and Christian recently took to their podcast, E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, to discuss several professional wrestling topics. The pair discussed the recent releases within WWE, the opportunity the recently released talent now have, which releases surprised them, Lio Rush’s joke about Emma’s release, and so much more. You can check out the highlights here:

Christian on the releases of Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae:

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“I guess a few talent got released and people are asking what our thoughts are and whether we’d talk about it on the podcast,” said Christian. “I mean, there’s not really much to say. I mean, obviously, you don’t want anybody to lose their job or their career or anything like that, so you just hope for the best for all the people that it has happened to and that they land on their feet and figure something out. If they truly love wrestling, they’ll continue on and make other avenues and we see that’s a very viable option now with all the other promotions and stuff not only in the U.S., but around the world. So we’ll see what happens.”

Christian on the opportunities the recently released talent now have:

“You look at a guy like Drew McIntyre, right? He was released and it actually helped him. It sucked at the time and I’m sure. We talked to him and if you haven’t listened to that podcast, do yourself a favor and go back and listen to it because it was a great conversation. Yeah, but a guy like him, it really helped him and he came back better than he ever has, so in some respects, it’s almost like, ‘hey, we don’t have anything for you – you’re just kind of spinning your wheels and this is a chance for you to go out and better yourself.'”

Edge on releases being an unfortunate part of the business:

“Yeah, it sucks. I get it,” Edge stated. “It’s a business and at some point there’s going to be a fluctuation in the talent roster and things like that. I don’t know the reasons for anyone [being released]. I don’t know if there necessarily needs to be a reason. It’s just the way the business is sometimes.”

Christian being surprised by Emma’s release:

“[Emma] had a pretty good showing I thought, the last month or so, on TV and on the pay-per-view against Asuka and all those sorts of things.” Christian added, “I feel like she’s the type of performer that will go out and become stronger and do some things, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see her back someday.”

Edge on Emma not getting the right opportunities: 

“If you watch her history of work and her and Paige at the first NXT Women’s Championship. I mean, she can go. And a lot of times, you don’t get the opportunity to necessarily show it.”

Christian on Lio Rush’s comments regarding Emma’s release:

“I guess he had said something kind of [insensitive]. I guess he meant it to be somewhat cool or funny, saying, ‘this is what happens when you’re truly not ready for Asuka.’ And man, it’s like here’s the thing. Yes, the guy made a mistake. He probably regrets doing what he did. And we talked about it before with social media and stuff like that these days, and it’s another reason we should probably do an episode someday about the changing in technology, but just think before you hit the send button. Do you know what I mean? Read it over a couple of times and be like, ‘what am I send out into the internet?’ because once it’s out there, it’s out there. Use your head. That’s all you have to do. Use some common sense.

“Not only that, he’s someone that hasn’t accomplished nearly what Emma has accomplished. Do you know what I mean? It’s not a smart thing to do. And it’s not just for him, for any aspiring [pro] wrestler that wants to step up and make a name for himself and really go places, use your head before you hit the send button.”

Edge on WWE recruits needing social media training:

“Talent and brains don’t always go hand-in-hand, but I don’t know the kid. But definitely not a good idea because you’re now making a joke about someone’s livelihood.” Edge continued, “I think even WWE has classes now on social media and how to deal with this whole new thing. It’s not necessarily new anymore, but there are ramifications, repercussions, that can happen from what you put out there.”

You can listen to E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness by clicking this link here.

H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions