Edge's WWE Retirement: Wishful Thinking, Shock and the Boy Who Cried Wolf

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIApril 12, 2011

There are moments that happen in the wrestling world that leave me nearly speechless, and this is one of those moments.

On the April 11 episode of Monday Night Raw, in the second hour, Edge announced his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment.


I feel like holding back on looking at Edge's illustrious career in the WWE, because I don't want this to be real.

Let's face it, a lot of wrestling moves are indeed real, but with the acting and staging of these moves, we know that theatrics of the business is planned.

Edge's sudden announcement that he was going to retire seemed planned to me.

I just didn't like the mood setting in the back, the fact that Christian wasn't there—and you would think Vince McMahon would be on hand for something this big.

It also would've had more power and meaning if some bigger stars were there as well, such as Triple H or The Undertaker.

However, one thing I did notice that made it feel real to me: the World Heavyweight Championship wasn't even around his waist when he was out there.

Ultimately, it is wishful thinking for myself, or anyone to think this isn't real. I am just in a state of shock right now to be honest, and I am not ready to see Edge retire.

I don't want to be selfish, or sound selfish, but it just isn't going to be the same without him.

At 37 years of age, Edge has accomplished more then he could ever imagine in the WWE, and definitely more then I ever imagined.

Edge leaves us as a seven-time World Heavyweight Champion, four-time WWE Champion and a record that will never be broken in my opinion, a 12-time WWE Tag Team Champion.

Part of me wants this to be a work, while part of me wants it to be real, because I don't want a real retirement situation a few years down the road to feel like a "boy who cried wolf" scenario.

"Yeah, sure you are retiring Edge, we've heard that one before!"

Something about Edge's retirement speech was odd. I don't know if it's because I am in denial, but it just didn't seem right.

I am not going to sit here and say that the retirement isn't real, but I don't think it will sink in for me until Friday Night Smackdown comes and he relinquishes the World Heavyweight Championship.

One thing I can sit here and say is that Edge is amazing and there will never be another wrestler like him. He is indeed one of a kind, and it has been a joy watching his career all of these years.

Thank you, Edge.