Edge Retires & Wrestling Hits Twitter to Pay Respect (w/ Video)

Elliott SaltaresContributor IApril 14, 2011

Edge Retires & Wrestling Hits Twitter to Pay Respect (w/ Video)

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    In one of the biggest shockers in wrestling history, one of WWE’s brightest superstars of the last decade announced his retirement in front of a shocked audience this past Monday night on RAW.

    Adam Copeland, better known to wrestling fans the world over as Edge, told us all that he had wrestled his last match.

    I am sure most of us thought it was part of some sort of storyline or angle. We kept waiting for some other wrestlers music to hit but it never did. We soon came to see it was all true.

    Edge was leaving. 

Edge Tells the World for the First Time ... He's Done

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    I am sure most of us thought it was part of some sort of storyline or angle. We kept waiting for some other wrestlers music to hit but it never did. We soon came to see it was all true, Edge was leaving.

News of Edge's Retirement Spreads, the Industry Pays Tribute

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    Mick Foley - "A sad day for wrestling, but what an amazing career for Edge. I was so fortunate to have been his opponent, his partner, his friend.

    Vickie Guerrero: "I'm so sad to see Edge leave...I'm honored I got to learn so much from him. He will be missed."

    Kelly Kelly: "Thank you Adam for everything.. you've been such a great friend your an amazing person, n inspiration and I had the honor of working with u!"

    Joey Styles: "In wrestling you make many acquaintances and few friends. Edge is a friend. My friend, seeing you was always a pleasure and never a chore."

    Matt Hardy: "Heard Adam is retiring because of physical issues that won't allow him to safely continue wrestling. He'll be missed, we've certainly had our fair share of issues.. Both good and bad. But I tip my hat to Edge who is one of the greatest I've ever been in the ring with. Adam resides in NC now-sure I'll run into him down the road. Glad that him & I are in a good place. We came in as friends, & went out that way."

    Gail Kim: "Thank u Edge for everything u have given to the business and ur friendship. We r sad 2 c u go but grateful 4 ur health.also can't wait 2 c christian induct u to the HOF"

    Howard Finkel: "Thank you Edge for everything that you gave and meant to this industry, and personally speaking, thank you for your friendship!"

    Yoshi Tatsu: "I can't believe it. I'm very sad. But thank you very much Edge."

    Kevin Nash: "the loss of Edge is a sad day 4 the WWE great in ring,but such a special guy out,he still has years left to give."

    Eve Torres: "An emotional night for sure. #ThankYouEdge. One of the most creative, hard working, passionate, & helpful men in the WWE. We'll miss you!"

    Natalya Neidhart: "My thoughts are with Edge, and thank you so much for the wonderful memories. You're a real, true friend and ill never forget it."

    Michelle McCool: "Didn't catch raw but heard about most important part. I love you Edger! Thank you all you've given to a biz I have always loved! Mad respect. Goes out to all you've done not only for your fans, but for us as well. I am so blessed to call u a friend! Thx for always helping me!"

    Chris Jericho: "Edge is a great performer and 1 of my favorite opponents. He's also got an incredible MIND for the business. Congrats on an amazing career"

More Industry Twitter Tributes to Edge

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    Taz: "Edge, 1 of the GREAT guys in the biz. Awesone talent & awesome guy! I live the numbness in arms due to neck issues also, scary.Be well bro."

    Eric Bischoff: "Best of luck to Edge. Class guy and a great talent. He will find success in anything he pursues."

    Wade Barrett: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Edge. A great career and a great human being."

    Howard Finkel: "Thank you Edge for everything that you gave and meant to this industry, and personally speaking, thank you for your friendship!"

    Zack Ryder: "Thank you Edge. You will be missed. Without you, there would be no Zack Ryder. I'll always be an Edgehead. Love you man."

    The Rock - "Edge - you are my brother, an inspiration and define the word "superstar". THANK YOU Adam.. for everything."

    Goldust - "Much rather edge be happy and safe without hurting further"

    Beth Phoenix - "Seeing edge say goodbye was surreal. He is irreplaceable."

    Sinn Bodhi - "Yes it's real about Adam... No comment... Except, love you Fatty!"

    Randy Orton - "Will miss Edge not only in ring, but in the lockeroom even more. He was one of the few who I could call a friend. I learned alot from him."

The Tweet Tributes Continue

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    Gangrel - "Posse up edge! One love. There would be no brood without @christian4peeps and edge was very sad to hear the news but happy to see him start a new life!"

    Rikishi - "EDGE You've done well. Thank you for your friendship my Canadian UCE !!! Enjoy full-time with family NOW "

    Sean Waltman - "Beside's I love the guy & I hope he enjoys his retirement, for how ever long it may be. He deserves everything he achieved"

    Shannon Moore - "Yeah my wife told me about Edge turning in his boots last night. I'm Happy that he knows when the ring is a danger. You guys remember that Wrestling is a Biz to us and luxury to you. Edge will do great in his next steps of Life. Thank you Edge for all the bumps and bruises that you put your body through. You where one of the best in the ring. Hopefully some young guys takes notes. Young man does well for himself =makes money=saves money=retires young=lives ever after a good life. Who knows he might get better and make a big return. You never know!!!!!"

    Jim Ross: "Edge will always be one of my favorites. I'm so grateful I was in a role to help him launch his wwe dream. Dreams do come true. Edge=HOF!"

    John Cena - "CeNation. I am very proud of edge for all that he has accomplished. He is certain to be in the hall of fame. Im proud to have had so many Great moments with him. He is a true wrestling purist and one of the smartest people I've had the pleasure of wrestling with. For your last match to be a championship win at WrestleMania ...is a damn good finish to one helluva career."


Christian Says It All, Short and Sweet

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    Seth Rollins - "It's sad...and scary for me."

    Steve Corino - "I always enjoyed Edge. Good dude too. Always nice (must be the Canadian in him). Good luck to him in his future. Def HOF guy."

    MVP - "You know Edge the performer. I know Edge the person. 1 of the best in ring performers EVER. His mind for our craft is AMAZING! HOF'er!"

    Tara - "Good luck to Edge on his future endeavors. He will be missed. But he is going to love retirement. Enjoy !"

    Blue Meanie - "is shocked at hear that Edge is having to retire from wrestling......While I will miss watching him perform I am glad the diagnosed him in time to spare any further damage......He is a great guy. One of my favorite opponents that I had in the WWF......His success has been well deserved and I wish him I happy and HEALTH rest of his life."

    Shad Gaspard - "I'm extremely sad to hear about edge being forced to retiring. One of the few upstanding guys left in the business and a great locker room leaders. Glad he can leave a champion & on top after a great match at WM. Adam you will be missed. 

    Frankie Kazarian - "True class act. A boy with a dream is now a man who has left behind an incredible legacy. Thank you for all you have given"

    Christian: "I've shed my tears..And from here on out I choose 2celebrate 1 of the greatest careers in WWE history..Cant wait2 induct u in the HOF #Edge."

Edge's S'Down Farewell Speech

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    Saying Goodbye to those in attendance in Albany ... the place he won his first world championship.

The WWE Locker Room Pays Tribute

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    Christian gets the ball rolling

As the Locker Room Shows Respect, the Game Says Goodbye to Edge

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    Even The Game will be sad to see Edge go

Edge, All We Can Say Is ... THANK YOU

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    Thank you Edge for the thrill ride.

    The place won't be the same without you.

    We may "think we know you" but know we will all miss you.

    Here's that intro one last time.



    Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.

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