WWE Hall of Famer Edge has been retired from wrestling for over five years now, and whilst speaking on a podcast, he has revealed why he chose to distance himself from the company altogether.
Back in 2011, one night after defending his World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 27 against Alberto Del Rio, Edge was forced to retire due to long-running problems with his neck.
He delivered one of the most emotional speeches the WWE Universe have witnessed on the episode of Monday Night Raw and then left the ring with the attendance chanting 'Thank You Edge'.
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The former champion revealed extensively the surgery he had to undergo and how WWE sent him for tests following his 'Mania match, and it was then he was told he could be paralysed if he continues wrestling.
Despite making brief cameos ever since, Edge has decided against being a regular with the WWE, whether that be as a commentator or a backstage figure, and he's now revealed why he made that decision.
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Edge was speaking on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, and when asked about why he chose to distance himself from the company, the Rated-R Superstar said it was because officials wouldn't let him do anything at the shows.
He said, via WrestlingInc's transcript: “Like, ‘if I’m going to show up, at least have me do something’. ‘Nope, you can’t’. ‘Alright, 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.”
Several superstars in the past have been forced to retire early due to injuries but have stayed active within the company. Most recently, Daniel Bryan and Corey Graves have taken up non-wrestling roles with the company, with Bryan the new SmackDown LIVE general manager, and Graves on commentary for Monday Night Raw.
That was clearly something that didn't interest Edge, however, and he's now making a new name for himself in TV and movies.
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