It's finally happened. It's been a sad day for wrestling fans everywhere, and many of us saw it coming. However, I don't think anyone predicted it would happen this soon.
For those of us who have been living under a rock or missed Raw this past Monday, you've missed perhaps the biggest bombshell of the year. Adam Copeland, AKA Edge, has made the painful decision to retire from the squared ring after 19 years of wrestling and 15 years in the WWE.
After numerous injuries, especially considering the nature of his previous neck surgery and the advice given to him, I don't think anyone can or does blame the guy for calling it a day.
I know Edge is unlikely to read the wrestling dirtsheets, let along this site and this post, but I think I say for every other writer and reader on this site how much we will miss Edge, the wrestler, and how much we appreciate what he's done for the WWE and wrestling throughout his career.
However, having said that, although Edge has retired from the squared circle, I think there will always be a place for Edge within the WWE either on-air or backstage. I don't think it would surprise anyone if Edge decided to take a long, well-deserved break from the WWE, but after a few months or a year or two, there would always be a place somewhere in the company for Edge.
Considering the state of WWE losing some big name draws in recent years from Shawn Michaels to Batista and now Edge, the young guys need to be pushed to take over and become the next generation of icons. Edge could come back and play an important part in that process.
Also, considering the recent business goals of the WWE to advance and expand into new fields of entertainment, Edge could become the next Steve Austin in terms of becoming the WWE's action movie star and representative.