As you may have heard, WWE icon Edge, real name Adam Copeland, underwent surgery for his neck recently.
Copeland suffered a legitimate neck injury way back in 2003, which also required an operation. He would go on to compete for another eight years until the damage caught up with him. He was forced into an early retirement, told by doctors that he cannot wrestle any longer, else run the risk of neck-down paralysis, or maybe even death.
The Hall of Famer's injury, diagnosed as cervical spinal stenosis, was a shock at first, although he noted in his retirement speech that pain and numbness unlike before had hit him.
A few days ago, Edge underwent surgery to his neck.
To no surprise, this announcement would fuel an array of rumours. It wound up circulating that he was in line for a return to the ring, as a genuine competitor and not just an on-screen personality such as a manager.
However, he quashed those rumours yesterday as he took to Twitter to clarify.
"Doctors told me I'll never wrestle again. I have three plates in my neck. That's a lot."
He would go on to state that the surgery had one simple objective; provide a more comfortable life in his retirement. A post-wrestling life of ease is all he wishes for, nothing more. A potential in-ring return is out of the picture, with the danger of dying, or at the very least quadriplegia, still very high.
Adam Copeland would not rule out a return to WWE whatsoever, but kept his cards close to his chest as to not create hope or excitement. He had this to say when questioned (h/t ringsidenews.com) on it:
"It would still involve lots of travel, which at this point bothers my neck. As I recover more, who knows?"
As much as I would love to see the Rated R Superstar grace my television screen once more, his safety and well being is more of a priority. Best of luck to him in his life and if he does return in some capacity, I will gladly welcome him back.
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