On September 27, 2012, WWE Hall of Famer and “Haven” actor Adam “Edge” Copeland did an approximately 35 minute interview on “The Matthew and Aaron show.” During the interview, Adam discussed his career in WWE and his acting career. Adam also talked about his love for music and his favorite concert, and even named his top three songs by Pearl Jam. The interview was previously recorded, and Edge revealed that he was on his way to a Foo Fighters concert.
Overall, it was a very entertaining interview. Adam came off as intelligent, funny and quite engaging. If you want to check it out, go to http://www.thematthewaaronshow.com/ and the interview is still available on the site’s home page. I think wrestling fans will enjoy it.
Adam “Edge” Copeland said in the interview that he was going to undergo neck surgery on November 8, 2012.
Before I continue, let me remind readers why Edge was forced to retire. As Edge mentioned in the interview, he had neck surgery in 2003. He was out for 14 months (2 other injuries during his rehab at OVW also helped extend the return). Edge had said many times in interviews that he was on “borrowed time.”
In the months leading up to Wrestlemania 27, Edge started having problems with his neck and tingling in his arms. Edge got through Wrestlemania 27 where he successfully defended his World Championship against Alberto Del Rio on April 3, 2011. After an MRI, it was discovered that Edge had a bad case of Cervical (Neck) Spinal Stenosis. This diagnosis forced Edge to retire, and Edge made that announcement on April 11, 2011.
This news came up when Copeland was asked about how his neck was since his retirement. Copeland said that the neck was “OK,” but he had to have the surgery. Copeland then mentioned that he had kept putting the surgery off due to his wanting to do Haven, and his not wanting to be at the WWE Hall of Fame with a neck collar.
Copeland also said that he had neck issues as a kid. Adam said in his book, “Adam Copeland on Edge,” that he had neck problems as kid. Copeland described neck injuries when he was just play wrestling as a youth. He admitted that wrestling was not the best profession to get into, but he loved it so much.
Adam also talked about how he was in the most ladder matches than anyone else. He said if WWE wanted to put someone like Flair in a ladder match, they would pair Flair with Adam.
As for the surgery itself, Adam said that it would be a clean up job to remove the pressure off his spinal cord. He told the interviewer that the doctors told him he’d be out for about four months. Adam then joked that his girlfriend is trying to reign him in now. She told him, “No mountain bike riding.” Copeland then added that he is trying to calm down and realize he doesn’t need to rush back into anything physical.
When asked about doing more acting, and getting an agent, Edge said he would come out to Los Angeles after the surgery.
As one of Edge’s biggest supporters, I admit that even though I have heard from Edge’s lips many times that he was needing to get this surgery, the news hit me a little bit in the stomach.I was hoping that Edge would be able to avoid surgery just being out of the ring. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Neck surgery is no joke, even with the best doctors.
However, his quality of life is of the utmost importance. He has given 20 years of his life to the ring, and he deserves a great quality of life. He has entertained millions of fans like me all over the world, and he has risked life and limb to do it. For that I am eternally grateful.
I just hope and pray for him and for the doctors to get him through this surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.
Edge, I ask you to please keep your chin up. You’ll be back on that mountain bike before you know it.
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/giopontifan
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