WWE Hall of Famer Edge’s sudden retirement in 2011 took a lot of people by surprise, including WWE, which had kept the World Heavyweight Championship on him at WrestleMania only days earlier, and was forced to vacate the title immediately. Due to his incredibly serious medical diagnosis, Edge was no longer allowed to take a single bump in the ring, something he has upheld to this day, and according to him, during a recent interview on the popular Sam Roberts Podcast, a major reason why he hasn’t done much work on WWE programming since his retirement, outside of a couple of promos in his hometown of Toronto, and the criminally under-rated Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness on the WWE Network.
“Like, ‘If I’m going to show up, at least have me do something’. ‘Nope, you can’t’. ‘All right, then don’t have me show up, because why bother?’ That’s why I’ve kind of really distanced myself even from watching the product too much. It’s like, ‘Well, I can’t do it’. If you want me to come back and cut a promo on all this stuff, it’s like, I can’t really further stuff along too much because there’s no physical payoff. It’s like nobody’s going to get heat from attacking me because they’re not allowed to attack me.”
That’s actually an incredibly reasonable perspective from Edge, because he’s correct, as great as his promos are, if he can’t take any bumps at all, there’s no reason to use him to build a feud, when that role could go to a healthy wrestler who could actually interact with an opponent. Edge did reveal, however, that even though he hadn’t expected to retire the way he did, at the time he was forced out of wrestling, he was already planning to retire within the next year or so, culminating in a match where he wanted to put over his lifelong best friend, Christian.
“I was already preparing. I really was mentally. I was ready and physically was forcing me to mentally prepare. It was more of a realization, like, okay, mentally, was I tired of travel? Yes, but it was also because physically I was tired of the travel and that lent to the mental tiredness. But it wasn’t like I was like, ‘I’m done. I’m fed up. I can’t stand this anymore.'”
Even though it’s unlikely you’ll see him on Raw or Smackdown in the near future, you can still see Edge in the upcoming straight-to-DVD WWE Studios and Lionsgate film Interrogation, which comes out September 20th.
Interview transcript is courtesy of WrestlingInc.com