Edge broke down in tears after Vince McMahon asked him to retire from WWE

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  • After his WWE exit, Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland is now an AEW wrestler.
  • In a recent interview, Copeland opened up about his interaction with Vince McMahon in which the latter asked him to retire.

The WWE Hall of Famer is one of the most influential superstars in the industry and is well known for his heel persona in the company. Edge was an impressive heel during the Brutal Aggression era and was one of the top-tier talents during this time due to feuds with John Cena, Batista, The Undertaker and many other veterans.

During his 25-year illustrious career in WWE, he held several championships and won the Royal Rumble twice in 2010 and 2021. He entered 2021 at the number one spot and won the Rumble match, beating 29 Superstars to do so. His career has seen many ups and downs but the Ultimate Opportunist has remained consistent in terms of his dedication and pa*sion for pro wrestling.

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One of his all-time lows occurred in 2011 when he was forced to retire due to several injuries. After making a surprise return at the 2010 Royal Rumble, The Rated R Superstar suffered a series of injuries to his neck that ultimately saw his exit. Fans were shocked to see Edge retire in such fashion at just 37 years old, leaving behind his legacy.

It seems Edge had the same experience when he first learned of his retirement. The 50-year-old received a phone call from Vince McMahon who checked Edge’s reports and informed him of his retirement. During his podcast with Chris Van Vliet, Edge talked about his immediate reaction after receiving a call from Vince in 2011.

She said how she felt sorry for herself and cried after hearing the news. “I was surrounded by my four dogs and I just sat down and felt a bit sorry for myself. There was a cry because it was the only thing I ever wanted to do.”, said the AEW Superstar.

Adam 'Edge' Copeland
Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland (Credit-X)

No one expected Edge to retire at such a young age and Edge was at the peak of his career when he retired in 2011. He was the World Heavyweight Champion at the time and had just defeated Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27. Unfortunately, his career took a long hiatus where he experienced severe pain due to his triple fusion neck injury.

A series of neck injuries forced Edge to retire from WWE in 2011

When Edge announced his retirement on the April 11, 2011 airing of RAW, it shocked the entire WWE Universe. The Ultimate Opportunist revealed that despite undergoing surgery for a broken neck, he was still in pain and could not feel his arm. The rated R superstar underwent several more tests, and after the results, medical professionals advised him that one more bump could lead to paralysis or even death.

Edge retires at his peak (Credit-X and The Sun)
Edge retires at his peak (Credit-X and The Sun)

These reports forced Edge to retire from in-ring competition. The rated R Superstars told how he realized he had no choice but to retire after receiving Vince’s phone call. “It wasn’t easy but fairly quickly I realized that if I didn’t have a choice in the matter, I had to wrap my mind around it.”said the 50-year-old superstar.

The series of surgeries that followed his retirement were painful for the WWE Hall of Famer. During the podcast, Edge revealed that a hot water bottle was being left inside his head after surgery. During this time, Edge starred in many more films and series in his legendary career. However, his pure focus and dedication has done the unthinkable in 2020.

Edge 2020 WWE Royal Rumble makes a stunning return to PLE

The rated R superstar was absent from professional wrestling for over nine years after retiring in 2011 due to neck problems. But at the 2020 Royal Rumble, Edge unexpectedly returned to the Stamford-based promotion.

Edge returned to WWE in 2020
Edge returns to WWE in 2020 (Credit-X)

He returned, entering the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match at number 21. Fans were excited to see Edge perform again, and his return to the event featured one of the best pop performances in recent memory. Despite finishing in the top three and throwing vicious spears throughout the match, Drew McIntyre won the match.

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By eliminating Randy Orton in the 2021 Royal Rumble match, the Rated R Superstar was able to make up for his loss in the 2020 edition. Along with Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, Edge headlined WrestleMania that year. Without question, Edge had an incredible final run in WWE. Edge really couldn’t have asked for anything better.

But the R-rated superstar called it quits on his 25-year tenure with the Stamford-based organization shortly after his last match with Sheamus in WWE. There were rumors that he would eventually quit professional wrestling and many people speculated about it. Notably, he debuted for AEW at WrestleDream in 2023 to the surprise of fans.

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