WWE legend Triple H tips Edge to challenge for WrestleMania NXT title

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WWE supremo Triple H has told Daily Star there is every chance Edge will end up challenging for the NXT Championship – even at WrestleMania.

The Hall of Fame star has been the talk of WWE since his remarkable comeback at January's Royal Rumble, where he won the men's Rumble match.

That came after seven months out recovering from a torn tricep – an injury sustained just a matter of months after doing likewise in 2020 – after nine years away.

The Canadian has well and truly hit his stride, too, earning plaudits from colleagues and fans alike.

As storylines go, Edge has the chance to pick any of WWE's top champions to challenge at WrestleMania as a reward for a Rumble success.

Likely opponents include Universal Champion Roman Reigns, or WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, two of the company's biggest hitters.

But the 47-year-old raised eyebrows with an appearance on NXT this past week – hinting that he might yet opt to challenge for the NXT Championship instead.

It wouldn't be unheard of – Charlotte Flair did similar last year by challenging NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley at Mania – but it would certainly be something of a surprise.

Fans shouldn't rule it out, though, according to Paul "Triple H" Levesque, the man behind NXT, which had been regarded as WWE's developmental brand before coming more into its own in recent years.

The Game told Daily Star Online that Edge has the ability to make the story of challenging either present incumbent, NXT Champion Finn Balor, or his challenger this Sunday, Pete Dunne, work perfectly.

“I think that Edge’s return has been done really, really well," he said of the legend's comeback

“He really is in a place in his mind where he wants to build young talent and just get them rolling in different directions.

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“He has been talking to me since before coming back the first time at the Royal Rumble over a year ago (about) coming to NXT and not only stepping in the ring and talking, but stepping in the ring and performing.

“Prior to even coming to the Rumble, he gave me a ‘Here’s my list.. I’d like to work with this guy, I’d like to work with him and I’d love to come here and work with this person.’

“It’s just where he’s at. That youth is exciting, that enthusiasm, their passion for this, their desire.

“When he came to NXT a couple of weeks ago and just knowing him as I do, I saw him walking around with that smile on his face all day and was just talking to these guys and girls. It’s awesome to see."

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Balor defends the NXT title this coming weekend at the yellow brand's Takeover: Vengeance Day event against Birmingham-born Pete Dunne.

Whether Edge opts to work with either of those two at WrestleMania remains to be seen, but the King of Kings dropped a hint that if it doesn't happen at the biggest show of the year, it likely won't be far behind.

He added: "I don’t think that any of it is beyond the realm of possibility – we saw it last year with Charlotte, and I think you see it this year with him playing things across the board.

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“Whether that be McIntyre, Roman and/or Pete, Finn, whoever it is; I think all those things are on the table.

“One way or the other, depending on where Wrestlemania goes, I think beyond that there’s ability for him to come to NXT and use his star-power to help them and elevate them, but also for him to have that final few chapters of his career the way he wants to have them and with the people he wants to have them with.”

Watch the stars of WWE NXT compete at Takeover: Vengeance Day on Sunday, 14 February, streaming live on WWE Network. For more details visit wwe.com.

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