WWE: Does Edge Deserve to Be in the Hall of Fame?
Less than a year ago Edge announced on the April 11th episode of Monday night Raw that due to cervical spinal stenosis he was forced to retire. At the time of his retirement Edge was the reigning World Heavyweight Championship on SmackDown and had been with the company for over a decade.
It was on the January 9th episode of Raw that it was announced that Edge would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The 2012 Hall of Fame class also includes Mil Mascaras, The Four Horsemen and Mike Tyson.
Other wrestlers who have been previously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame include Hulk Hogan, Eddie Guerrero, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.
In April 2011 Edge’s career was going strong when he made the sudden announcement of his retirement. The announcement was such a shock that some of the fans questioned whether this was just another storyline. At the time of his retirement he was only 37 and it seemed as if he had years left to wrestle, but does the sudden and early retirement make him worthy of been entered in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Edge made his WWE debut on the June 22 episode of Raw is War in 1998 as a loner character who would aimlessly walk around the city streets assaulting pedestrians. It was his feud with Gangrel that pushed him up the ladder when he eventually joined Gangrel and Christian to become a stable known as The Brood.
The stable started a rivalry with The Hardy Boyz and went on to wrestle one another at No Mercy 1999 in the first ever tag team ladder match. The match is often considered one of the best wrestling matches of all time and both teams got a standing ovation the following night on Raw.
Edge and Christian had a lengthy feud with The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boys that included many PPV ladder matches, table matches and TLC (Table, Ladders and Chairs) matches until the team split in 2001.
In 2001 Edge won the 2001 King of the Ring, the Intercontinental Championship and the WCW United States Championship. He then went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championship with Hulk Hogan in 2002.
In 2003 Edge broke his neck and was sidelined for almost a year. Upon returning to WWE in 2004 Edge became obsessed with wining the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge went on to win the first ever Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 21, which earned him a contract to "cash in" on a World Heavyweight Championship match whenever he chooses within a year.
It was around this time that Edge’s personal life was turned into a storyline when he and Lita had an affair whilst Lita was in a relationship with one of Edge’s best friends, Matt Hardy. From then on until Lita’s departure from the company she would accompany him to the ring.
Edge cashed in his money in the bank contract at New Years Revolution after John Cena had just successfully defended the WWE Championship. Edge went on to win the match and became the WWE Champion (the briefcase was meant for the World Heavyweight Championship but due to the draft swap the belts changed roster). Edge and Lita decided to celebrate his victory by having a "live sex show" on the following Monday night Raw that was eventually interrupted by Ric Flair and John Cena.
During the second half of his career Edge went onto to have a lengthy feud with John Cena, form a tag team with Randy Orton known as Rated-RKO and become the leader of the stable La Familia.
In June 2009 Edge and Chris Jericho became the new WWE tag Team Champions at the PPV The Bash but less than month later Edge suffered a torn Achilles tendon and was forced out of action. Edge made a full recovery and returned at the 2010 Royal Rumble and went on to win the match.
During his career Edge has held the WWE Championship four times, the World Heavyweight seven times, the Intercontinental Championship five times, the United States Championship once, the WWE Tag Team Championship twice and the World Tag Team Championship 12 times.
His wrestling career may have been cut short due to health reasons but Edge’s wrestling career was anything short of extraordinary. On paper Edge has an amazing career with many Championships and accomplishments under his belt. With an impressive wrestling résumé it is easy to see why Edge deserves to be entered in the 2012 Hall of Fame.
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