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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Edge's Retirement

Mr. Money in the Bank, The Rated R Superstar, The Ultimate Opportunist, Sexton Hardcastle(?!), Adam Copeland or just good old Edge, has had to retire from Pro Wrestling, citing a diagnosis of spinal stenosis.

Uncontrolable shaking and numbness in the hands must be a horrible thing to experience, especially when you know it's precisely because you've been performing at the job you love for over a decade. A broken neck, fractured skull, torn ACL, plus more muscle injuries and stitches than you can count has all added up to a condition that will only get worse the more he pounds his body in the ring.

A retirement from WWE, just when his partnership with Christian was really starting to light up the Smackdown! side of things, is a real blow. Edge going because of injury at any time is disappointing but just when he was getting something of a rejuvenation with his old friend, looking towards the next few PPVs, makes it doubly so. Smackdown, and the WWE in general, is now a much poorer place to be without his performances.

His retirement speech was genuinely heartwarming, especially when the crowd reaction nearly brought him to tears. A real testament to a guy who is, like us, a real fan of wrestling.

On a lighter note, how ludicrous does the long-haired version of Christian look in the old photos? Not a good look for Captain Charisma, not at all.

But, for the Tables, Ladders and Chairs, for the skills on the mic, the promos he cut, the hard work and commitment in the ring, the awesome shades and the laughs, gasps and sighs, there's just one thing to say:

Thank-you, Edge.

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