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Edge Returns To WWE SmackDown In Toronto

Edge with Money in the BankAs most wrestling fans are aware, the great WWE wrestler, Edge was forced to retire on April 11, 2011 due to spinal stenosis in his neck. Since then, he taped several episodes for SYFY’s “Haven” where he portray’s “Dwight Hendrickson.”

A couple of the episodes he appears in have already been aired. Edge also signed autographs at SummerSlam 2011 Fan Axxess, and made an appearance at the PPV as well. Christian who introduced him as his backup in his World Heavyweight Title match against Randy Orton got a surprise when Edge pretty much turned on him. Christian, who was the champion at that point, lost his belt to Orton. Edge said later in an interview with the Miami Herald that he felt “closure.” when he did the spot at SummerSlam.

Well, there is great news for wrestling fans, and especially for Edgeheads like myself. Tonight in his hometown of Toronto (technically his hometown is Orangeville, ON), WWE will be taping the September 16, 2011 edition of SmackDown which will be the go home show for the Night of Champions 2011 PPV, and will also serve as “Edge Appreciation Night.” Edge will conduct a “Cutting Edge” segment feature the two competitors for the World Heavyweight Championship: the champion, Randy Orton, and the challenger, Mark Henry. It should be interesting to say the least. Too bad Edge can’t take bumps or do his spear due to his health because I would love to see him spear Mark Henry. It will be good to see him.

I do wonder though with Smackdown’s sagging ratings, and attendance being down at Smackdown shows in particular, if WWE’s calling on Edge (who is still contracted to WWE ) to come to the Toronto tapings is a slight sign of desperation on WWE’s part. Edge just did an interview on The Score with Arda Ocal on Monday, and he seemed quite content with his retirement. He said that if Summerslam was the last time he stepped into a WWE ring, he would be very happy. Edge said that he is a point where he is just glad to be called Adam, and actually felt uncomfortable with the idea of the “Edge Appreciation Night.” He joked that when he was called by WWE to do the show in Toronto, he said they had to get him Pearl Jam tickets.

All this being said, as of this writing, Edge is apparently being advertised to appear at the Smackdown tapings at the EJ Nutter Center in Dayton, OH next Tuesday, September 20, 2011. From watching the interview, Edge wants to just be Adam Copeland again, and move on with his life (even though he said in the Ocal interview he was open to an occasional appearance to help the younger guys or whatever), however, it seems that WWE is in a bind, and if they get him to come to Dayton, I am guessing they are in a bind as far as attendance, and need a boost.

As one of Edge’s biggest fans, I am ecstatic about his appearance on Smackdown this Friday. Ever since he has retired, and I am not going to lie, I honestly haven’t been all that interested in wrestling. I watch still because deep down, I am a wrestling fan. However, just about everyone I really enjoyed watching either is taking a sabbatical like Chris Jericho, semi-retired from being a full time wrestler like Triple H, and Undertaker , or retired completely like Batista, Shawn Michaels, and now Edge. I really enjoy some of the current wrestlers like Sheamus, Orton, Del Rio, Rey, and Morrison, but Edge was the last of the big name wrestlers who was full time in WWE that I just loved watching.

I knew his retirement was imminent, and I even noticed he was in quite a bit of pain during , and after his matches, but I really was blindsided by his sudden retirement. It will be great to see him again. That being said, I want him to be happy, and I don’t want WWE to take advantage of him just because they are having problems drawing an audience to their shows. He wants to move on with his life, and I hope WWE will allow him to do so.

Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/missedgehead

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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