Edge has admitted that his heel turn as leader of Judgment Day last year was never going to work.
The legend told Corey Graves on WWE's 'After The Bell' podcast that he tried "every little old school heel trick in the book", but had to throw the towel in and admit to himself that fans just didn't want to boo him. Approx 25 years of "equity" with the company, as well as his hyper-emotional retirement then return, made genuine heel heat impossible.
That's why Edge is so proud that Judgment Day reshaped with Finn Bálor as leader, and gave workers like Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley and eventually Dominik Mysterio a platform to get over. Their success was all the 'Rated-R Superstar' really wanted his faction to achieve.
It was never about getting him over, so he had to step aside once it became clear fans just wouldn't shower him with hate.
He admires the "different direction" WWE has taken the faction since then. Judgment Day has gone on to become one of the best acts on company television; so much so that Edge wrestles Finn in a feud-ending Hell In A Cell bout at WrestleMania 39 next month.