Just one week after WrestleMania 27 and retaining his World title against Alberto Del Rio, Adam Copeland stepped into the ring at Monday Night Raw and announced to the WWE Universe that because of a persistent neck injury, he was retiring. Most fans were in shock. He had just retained his title; why was he leaving? Moreover, if he wasn't leaving, and this was a storyline, what would WWE stand to gain from this stunt? After all, sports entertainment performers "quitting" or "retiring" from their respective organizations are akin to soap opera heroines "dying" on their shows: they'll be back, either in another form or to begin a new storyline.
But since it's true, then what? Edge's departure, an unscripted development, would immediately vacate the World title, and leave its ownership up in the air. Will this lead to the return of tournament-style matches to decide the title's fate, or might Mr. McMahon return to award a backstage toady? Will the company re-unify the WWE and World titles? Will Edge stay with the company?
Or...will Edge succeed outside the business?
I will attempt to guess at a few angles for this development, as well as a few ideas for his future employment. This is merely speculation on my part, with little more than history to back up my ideas.