Monday, April 11, 2011
Honestly I have mixed feelings about this. My feelings have been known for a very long time now about Edge aka Adam Copeland. I never was a fan and never will be a fan. That's just me. No way in hell should this guy have won 11 World Championships. Five I'd be fine with but not eleven. I've made that point very clear over the last few years. In fact I've gotten into arguments with people about Edge. Why? Because he's the most overrated superstar of all time in my opinion. His matches at the big pay-per-views (Mania most notably) are usually very good but his promos annoy the crap out of me and his televised matches 90% of the time just seem like they are phoned in. He's a pay-per-view superstar. However him constantly being World Champion and winning the title every three months got old fast. Plus his character and promos bored me to be honest. Also I did a little list a few months back entitled "Most Overrated Wrestlers" and he topped it at number one. His promos often came across like a teenager talking after drinking some Red Bull and then talking for ten minutes afterwards. His Mania matches were great with few exceptions. However now that I'm done ranting I can talk about his retirement. This is a HUGE blow to the WWE. As much as I don't like his character the WWE needs star power now in the worst way. With all of the retirements, short work schedules of aging major stars (most notably Taker and Triple-H), and with wrestlers leaving. Edge's promo giving a background on his neck injury, surgery, and what led to him getting tests was really emotional. The fact he was losing feelings in his arms was a warning sign and I'm glad he listened to the WWE physicians because if not, like he said, he'd be in a wheelchair. Edge talking about what happened when he talked to Christian about it and ending it on his terms was great. Edge talking WrestleMania VI was a great reminder that the wrestlers started off as fans. Him talking about his last match being in the WrestleMania main event was a good thing. That might also explain why the match he had with Alberto Del Rio went on first. Edge running down his career in his promo was great. Loved the reference to the Brood. This is probably Edge's best promo ever. This is geniune and has real emotions which is what made it all the more meaningful. I also liked how he thanked the fans at the end of this and got a standing ovation. That was classy. I really liked that aspect of this. After he goes backstage everyone in the locker room is giving him a standing ovation both friends and enemies alike. This is one of the most shocking retirements ever. Josh Matthews summed it up just now in one word: surreal. And yes I typed all of that while watching his promo live. This is a shocker that will go down in history as one of the most shocking retirements of all time. This came completely out of the blue and it involved a current World Heavyweight Champion. Unreal. I don't think I've ever seen that happen before at least in my lifetime. The only other time involved wrestlers having to drop the title due to injury but they all came back. Nothing ever like this. This RAW has been the most eventful in AGES. First there's Sin Cara's debut, then Brie Bella winning the Divas Title, and then this. Unreal. The big question is what happens to the World Heavyweight Championship? I want a WrestleMania IV style tournament again. That was fun to watch. Anyway this was a sad way for him to go out. Never saw this one coming.