One of the mainstays of WWE, Edge completed 25 years in the wrestling business on the August 18 edition of SmackDown. He was in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, but there were no ceremonies for the occasion. Instead, he did what he has done best since 1997, giving the audience a wrestling performance to remember.
The Rated-R Superstar competed against Sheamus in a singles match for the main event. It was their first televised one-on-one match. Both veterans got their A-game in the ring but eventually, a Spear from Edge resulted in a pinfall win. This was his first singles win since defeating 'Demon' Balor at WrestleMania 39.
Last year in a segment on SmackDown, the WWE Hall of Famer claimed that he would announce an end to his career in Toronto. The fight with Sheamus on August 18, 2023, was supposedly his farewell match. However, there was no update from the promotion on the veteran's status.
The question of whether Edge is retiring from WWE was answered by the wrestler himself. During an appearance on Sportsnet’s The FAN Morning Show, the former World Heavyweight Champion revealed that he didn't know what the future holds for him. His contract will expire in September and SmackDown marked his last match of the current contract.
"I realize that I haven’t come to any conclusions. And I’m kind of torn, honestly. Because I don’t want to do this to the point where I don’t feel like I’m able to have the output that I want."
"That’s why I really want to collect myself after this thing. Take just a big ol’ deep breath and just decide what that is. My contract is up at the end of September. This is my last contracted match. So I have a lot of decisions to make."
In the latest good news, Edge might not be retiring from WWE soon. Xero News reported that there is a new contract being discussed for the legend. World Wrestling Entertainment usually has part-time contracts for veterans, stating a limited amount of appearances, and they end up putting over younger stars in key Premium Live Events.
However, it is upto the Rated-R Superstar to decide whether he still wants to wrestle. He addressed his retirement rumors during an appearance on ET Canada, stating how he is getting older and doesn't want to hit the mat unless he brings the best out of him. The legend also stated that he has a lot to process before he makes a final decision regarding his retirement because being a sports entertainer is still his "dream gig."
Edge's legendary WWE career
Adam Copeland started his wrestling career in 1992 at the age of 19. He competed in indie promotions in Toronto and won the MWCW Tag Team Championship and the ICW Street Fight Tag Team Championship twice in his career. Copeland also featured in a few WCW shows.
Copeland made his WWE debut in 1997 as Sexton Hardcastle. He won his first match against current All Elite Wrestling star Christian Cage, his long-time best friend, at a Shotgun taping in a dark match. On June 22, 1998, he debuted his 'Edge' gimmick and this eventually started his rise in the wrestling world.
Winner of the inaugural Money in the Bank tournament, The Ultimate Opportunist cashed-in the briefcase on John Cena and won the WWE Championship. He won the championship again by defeating The Undertaker via a Money in the Bank cash-in. Edge rose to prominence at the end of the 1990s but several injuries halted his multiple title reigns.
The WWE Hall of Famer quit the business in 2012 due to multiple injuries that made him unfit to wrestle. He returned at the 2020 Royal Rumble match during the Thunderdome Era and shared a moment with Christian. Next year, he won the Rumble and challenged Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania but failed to win.
2022 for Edge was mostly based on the creation and destruction of Judgment Day. He founded the stable with Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley but got ousted by Finn Balor, following which the storyline kept getting personal. Beth Phoenix, Adam Copeland's wife, got involved, Dominik Mysterio betrayed Rey Mysterio in favor of Rhea Ripley, and fans eventually got to see 'The Brood' Edge destroy Demon Balor at WrestleMania this year.
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