As we all know by now, Adam Copeland, better known as WWE Superstar Edge, has been forced to retire from in-ring competition due to injury, bringing to an end his amazing 13-year WWE career.
Copeland had been suffering from neuropraxia, whose symptoms include numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands. The day after Wrestlemania 27, an MRI administered at Atlanta Midtown Diagnostic Imaging was sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon, a renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After careful examination, it was determined that Copeland would never be cleared to compete again, forcing his immediate retirement.
Seven years ago, Copeland underwent a two-level spinal fusion of the discs between his C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae. Copeland's eventual return to the ring resulted in stenosis of the spine, or a narrowing of the spinal column, above and below the fused discs.
This narrowing results in less of the vital fluid needed to protect the spinal cord. If Copeland were to continue to compete, the injury could result in paralysis or even death.
His retirement announcement on Monday Night RAW came at a huge surprise to many. While the internet wrestling community had been swirling with rumors of his retirement, the general consensus was that Copeland would step away from the ring in the next two years.
Who would have thought Copeland, just 37 years of age and still a main-event superstar, would be saying goodbye?
Some might say that the first verse of his theme music may be a bit ironic now.
"On this day I see clearly everything has come to life
Bitter place and a broken dream
And we leave it all behind"
But in my humble opinion the second verse truly says it all.
"On this day it's so real to me
Everything has come to life
Another chance to chase a dream
Another chance to feel
Chance to feel alive"
You proved that dreams do come true, Edge. Good luck on the road to your other dreams, Adam.
Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares