Edge tragically had his career in the WWE cut short after an ongoing neck condition forced him to retire after 20 years in the wrestling business.
Many fans remember his emotional retirement speech in the following days after his WrestleMania XXVII where he successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, as this would end up being his last match for WWE.
Despite many memorable matches and feuds, his neck injury was just too severe for him to continue, and doctors would not clear him to compete, as one hard enough fall would run the risk of neck-down paralysis or even death.
WWE recently tweeted out a part of one of their Beyond The Ring stories about Edge, where he recalled the moment where his neck issues began, during a ladder match against Eddie Guerrero on an episode of SmackDown, which aired September 26, 2002.
During this match, Edge took a bump where he landed on the ladder, causing him to feel enormous tingling. He knew that something was wrong, especially when he “heard a crack.” He was also sunset flip powerbombed off of the ladder, which further damaged his neck.
The Rated-R Superstar also said that after this match, he would start feeling a vast deal of numbness in his neck and arm, but he still competed in the ring. It was only when he started losing strength in his arms that he decided to get help, resulting in neck surgery which sidelined him for a year.
Edge would then come back and have a successful career in the WWE, winning numerous titles before he was forced to retire due to being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis following his match at WrestleMania XXVII.
Despite the orchestrated nature of sports entertainment, it is still a very dangerous business and Edge was one of those unfortunate cases where the worst type of injury happened to him.
He still managed to have a very illustrious career though with 11 World Championships, 14 Tag Team Championships, five Intercontinental Championships, a United States Championship reign, a King of the Ring win, a Royal Rumble win, and a Money in the Bank win. This amazing career was capped off with a WWE Hall of Fame induction after his retirement.