Eleven-time World Champion. Fourteen-time Tag Team Champion. Five-time Intercontinental Champion. Fourteenth Triple Crown Champion. Two-time Mr. Money in the Bank. King of the Ring. Royal Rumble. Nineteen Years of Professional Wrestling.
“Destiny. It can change in the blink of an eye.”
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. If you haven’t already heard, Adam Copeland, nationally known as EDGE, publicly retired from his illustrious career in professional wrestling. The following is the official statement posted on WWE.com:
Less than a week after his successful title defense against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII, World Heavyweight Champion Edge has been forced to retire from in-ring competition due to injury. The unexpected news brings to an end a storied WWE career spanning 13 years and consisting of 11 World Title reigns.
The Rated-R Superstar had been suffering numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands. This is not the first time Edge has experienced these symptoms of nueropraxia. An MRI in Atlanta last Monday was sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon, a renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at The Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After careful examination of the MRI, it was determined that Edge would never be cleared to compete again, and thus, he is forced to retire.
In 2003, Edge underwent a two level spinal fusion of the discs between his C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae. After being cleared to compete, The Rated-R Superstar returned to the ring, resulting in stenosis of the spine, or a narrowing of the spinal column, above and below the fused discs. This narrowing resulted in less and less of the vital fluid needed to protect the spinal cord. Medical professionals cannot clear Edge to compete ever again in WWE since doing so could result in paralysis or even death.”
On WWE SmackDown, EDGE will surrender his eleventh–and final–World Title. The message heading into Friday night sums up this whole ordeal, “Destiny. It can change in the blink of an eye.”
To EDGE, thank you for opting never to compete again in favor of never ending up in a wheel chair or worse. Throughout your storied WWE career, I loved you. I hated you. I loved you, and hated you, again. And again… Basically, it went back and forth because you knew that no matter what opportunities you had to take, or if you had to be a jerk to get there, we would still love you when all was said and done. I am so incredibly sad right now, wish you could have ended it on your own terms, worked WrestleMania against Christian, and simply had the time to give us more memories.
Your destiny came true. Watching Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, you knew that this is what you wanted out of life. You did it.
Thank you, EDGE. I miss you already.