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5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
We previously addressed why Edge should turn heel before WrestleMania 37. WWE seems to have anticipated this. Edge seemed to cement his heel turn right from the start on this week's episode of SmackDown, first attempting to deny Daniel Bryan a spot at WrestleMania before spearing him.

The night on SmackDown culminated with WWE authority figure Adam Pearce announcing that the main event of WrestleMania Night Two will be a Triple Threat battle for the Universal Championship, with Daniel Bryan added to the equation.

Daniel Bryan, Jey Uso, and Roman Reigns were all assaulted by the Rated-R Superstar. Here are five reasons why WWE made the decision to turn Edge back into a heel:

It is the best Edge version

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
Between 2005 and WrestleMania 27, Edge was at the height of his career in WWE as a singles star. Though he had previously challenged for the World Championship, it was his transformation into The Ultimate Opportunist that catapulted him into WWE's main event.

It all began with a Money in the Bank win and finished with 11 World Championships. His best run was as a heel during that time span. Around 2010 and 2011, he vacillated between becoming a face and a heel, but it was obvious where his power lay.

The final segment of this week's SmackDown provides a perfect example. Edge sat in the chair after unleashing all of his ruthlessness, making a few meaningful but strong facial expressions.

That's something he can only do as a heel, and it's just one of many examples of why he's better off in that role.

WrestleMania 37 to be given further attention

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
This year's WrestleMania 37 will feature only two part-time superstars: Edge and Shane McMahon. There will be no Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, or The Undertaker, for the first time in a long time.

Edge will be held responsible for both attracting fans to the stadium and receiving Peacock subscriptions. Edge may not have the same draw as Goldberg or Brock Lesnar, but he'll still be a major part of WrestleMania 37.

The decision to make Edge a heel was likely made to build interest in the match. Although Edge is a fantastic babyface who will always be applauded, a heel turn brings even more attention to the match. It's just like WrestleMania 30 when Batista and Randy Orton were the ultimate babyfaces to Daniel Bryan.

Despite the fact that the situation is completely different, Daniel Bryan can recognize something about it. However, since this will be the main event of WrestleMania 37's second night, there must be as much excitement and exposure as possible.

A quality match for Edge is guaranteed

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
Although we have no doubt that Roman Reigns vs. Edge will be a great match, adding Daniel Bryan to the mix makes it even better. The main events at WrestleMania last year were a little different.

in a pre-taped cinematic match, the undertaker on night one confronted AJ Styles (which was a huge success). Drew McIntyre beat Brock Lesnar in a match that lasted less than 5 minutes on the second night.

For the first night, Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre is supposed to be a high-octane main event, but it might not last long. Adding Daniel Bryan to the match was a brilliant idea if WWE wants a long WrestleMania main event that delivers.

Daniel Bryan has been performing at a high level for some time and will be competing in his second WrestleMania main event and fourth World Championship match after making his debut at The Show of Shows.

WWE is definitely hoping for this to be the most talked-about match after WrestleMania, and Daniel Bryan's involvement is a winning recipe.

Edge's future in WWE for the long term

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
Although Edge said that he is unsure which match will be his last, WrestleMania 37 is unlikely to be that match. That isn't what Edge is suggesting, but the truth remains that every match might be his last.

We don't know who WWE wants to put him up against after WrestleMania, but if he doesn't win the Universal Championship, he'll be expected to return by SummerSlam 2022 or later.

Edge, on the other hand, seems to want to be more involved, which means he will finally face many of today's top superstars. The edge must become a heel if he is to advance, and WWE is well aware of this. It opens up a lot of possibilities for him in the future.

Edge will also be able to continue to assist and elevate younger superstars. They don't have to beat him, and he doesn't have to go on a Dudley Boyz-style losing streak as he did in 2015-16.

The future of Daniel Bryan in comparison with Edge

5 Reasons why Edge switched on SmackDown
Prior to Edge, Daniel Bryan miraculously recovered from his career-ending injury and returned two years later in 2018. Daniel Bryan has stated that his professional wrestling career is winding down and that he will likely move to a part-time job.

The match's plot suggests that this may be Daniel Bryan's last WrestleMania appearance. If that's the case, it's difficult to think of two better opponents than Edge and Roman Reigns. We don't know if Daniel Bryan will win, but many will say that he should because it could be the last time he wins a World title.

The Rated-R Superstar is a perfect example of this. Given Daniel Bryan's status as a babyface, a heel turn is justified, particularly because Edge is almost certain to return to WrestleMania in the future.

Daniel Bryan became an even bigger babyface after being mistakenly excluded from the Universal title image and then attacked by Edge. At WrestleMania 37, it'll be fascinating to see if the fans boo or cheer Edge.