On September 10, 2013, Adam “Edge” Copeland made a “One Night Only” appearance in his billed hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (He’s technically from nearby Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.)on WWE’s flagship show, RAW.
Edge’s purpose for being on the show was to promote the premiere of the new season of the show, “Haven,” which airs this Friday, September 13, 2013, at 10pm ET, on the SYFY Network, right after Smackdown.
[adinserter block=”1″]As one of Edge’s biggest supporters, and advocates of his Hall of Fame career, it was great to see the “Rated R Superstar” back on WWE TV, even if it was for that “one night only.”
Anyway, Edge kicked off the show, after getting a huge pop during his entrance, with the Cutting Edge segment. Edge talked about how he appreciated the crowd, etc. He said how Triple H wanted Edge’s former partner in Rated RKO, Randy Orton, the reigning WWE Champion to be the guest for his Cutting Edge segment, but Edge said he decided to have Daniel Bryan as his guest.
To summarize, Edge and Bryan were having their segment, when Randy Orton, and then Triple H interrupted. Both Orton and HHH took personal shots at Edge. Edge fired back with some awesome (sorry, CM Punk) pipe bombs of his own.
Triple H then ends the segment by having the Shield bring out Edge’s long time friend, Christian all beaten up. Edge goes to check on Christian.
Edge then has a final confrontation with HHH in Hunter’s office.
Edge said he wished HHH, who is hiding behind the Shield, could clear him to wrestle. HHH then shot back saying he couldn’t, and the WWE doctor’s couldn’t Hunter whined about how the Air Canada Centre was “his building, ” and how Toronto was “his town, ” and he threatened to have Edge physically thrown out.
Edge left, and that was the end of his Raw appearance.
Edge’s interaction with Triple H (who’s no slouch himself, when cutting a promo) , and the way he carried himself showed why he is one of the greats in the business, and why WWE misses his presence.
As everyone knows, Edge was forced into retirement from active competition right after Wrestlemania 27, due to a diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis in his neck. The condition came from years of wrestling after his 2003 neck surgery to fix his broken neck, which took him out for a little over a year.
Edge made the sad announcement on April 11, 2011, and forfeited the World Title, which he retained at WM27 on Smackdown, which aired April 15, 2011.
Since then, he was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame the following year, and then was awarded the Lou Thesz Award for Public Service at the Dan Gables Museum in Waterloo, IA on July 13, 2013.
Right after he retired, he was asked to do a scene for the SYFY show, “Haven.” That one scene eventually became several, and Edge made such an impression on the producers, he has been on the show ever since.
Getting back to Edge’s segment on Raw, I felt the entire show was given a lift, and had a lot more energy.
Edge’s small involvement with the storyline of Daniel Bryan vs HHH-Steph/Orton/Shield gave the storyline a little excitement.
I have felt the “man vs corporation” re-enactment has gotten a little dull. Here was Triple H and his gang of thugs always getting the upper hand on Bryan. The group even have the nerve to play on Big Show’s “personal problems” and Show’s emotions to get what they want.
It appeared to me that Daniel Bryan needed someone to take up for him.
What also is bothering me about this angle is that Triple H is not selling for Bryan.
What I mean is that in the late 90’s, during the Stone Cold vs Vince feud, both sides would take turns getting the advantage over the other. Stone Cold would “win” a couple of battles. Vince would “win” a couple of battles. Stone Cold would win the war, but at least Vince sold.
Here, between Hunter and Bryan, Hunter and his gang are getting all the victories.
Yes. Bryan is incredibly over. Yes, on Raw, Bryan FINALLY gets a shot in on Orton, but I wished he had gotten some shots in a little earlier.
What I liked was that Edge finally takes up for Bryan, and since Edge is not with the company anymore, Edge pretty much dropped a few pipe bombs.
Of course, even then, HHH had to get the “heat” on him (like his character doesn’t have enough heat as it is), as they had HHH’s thugs (the Shield), drag out a “beat up” Christian (who’s still suffering from a concussion).
Regardless, I felt WWE is missing Edge’s smart-alack comments. Edge was always great on the mic. His intensity on the mic, and his character is missing terribly. His ability to interact with other characters is sorely missed.
[adinserter block=”2″]One can tell Edge still loves the business. I know he had planned to retire after Wrestlemania 28, as he had said that in several interviews, but it is a shame that he can no longer wrestle.
That crowd was so into seeing him. Sure, it was in Toronto, but I think he would have gotten that huge pop anywhere, just like many other greats, HHH, HBK, Flair, etc.
Edge was that great, and that special a talent.
Edge is sorely missed in WWE.
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