In the previous episode of WWE SmackDown, an engaging segment featured Edge and Sheamus, strategically arranged to set up their upcoming match for this week’s show. Additionally, plans were in place to celebrate the 25-year journey of the WWE Hall of Famer.
During this segment, both wrestlers engaged in dialogue and even showcased footage of Edge’s bike accident involving Sheamus on the trails. This incident sparked Edge’s realization that he might be capable of returning to the ring after the fall. Subsequently, he received medical clearance to compete again in 2020.
Last year, Edge expressed his intention to conclude his wrestling career this year at an event in Toronto, a coincidental connection with the upcoming SmackDown on Friday.
However, Edge’s recent statements during the WWE Elimination Chamber post-show press conference introduced a slight shift in his perspective. When questioned about his prior remarks, Edge displayed uncertainty regarding the specific timing of his retirement, humorously mentioning his uncertainty about tomorrow’s breakfast. He maintained clarity only about his retirement match occurring in Canada.
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Addressing this matter on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer highlighted insights from Edge’s trainer. According to Meltzer, Edge’s trainer indicated that the forthcoming match could very well be Edge’s last. Interestingly, Meltzer speculated that Edge might choose to keep his retirement plans private, opting not to heavily promote it as a farewell match.
Meltzer: “So there’s a big thing here. You know, a year ago, Edge had said that he would retire at the summer show in Toronto, and Ron Hutchinson, who is Edge’s trainer and has maybe known Edge for 30 years. Yeah. 30 years-ish, I would say. He said that this is Edge’s last match.”
Bryan Alvarez: “Well, he certainly didn’t build it up like it was the end.”
Meltzer: “They certainly did not. No. Makes sense. No, but it was interesting when you said, like, it’s probably it’s most likely Edge’s last match. Wow. This is interesting because, and I mean I didn’t, you know, like watching the tv, I didn’t think it at all. No, but I remember a year ago when Edge said, you know, because I think that the idea was that Edge thought that maybe Summer was going to be in Toronto, and he was hoping for that. And then that would be where he would retire. Yeah. Because he wants to retire in Toronto. And this is the year he was talking about retiring for real. You know, the second retirement, and this is the last Toronto Show for a while. There’ll be another one, but I don’t know if they’re not billing it as such if this is retirement. But his trainer said that it’s probably his last match.”
Alvarez: “Well, honestly, if you look at the story they told where, you know, Seamus is here because of Edge, and Edge is here because of Sheamus. This would be a great match to go out with if you can do it in front of your hometown, get a main event, get some time, and have a great match; I guess we’ll see.”
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Meltzer: “So maybe it could be one of those things where, you know, of course, they’re going to do what Edge wants to do, where Edge doesn’t want anyone to know. But there, we just talked about it.”
Alvarez: “We’ll know ahead of time. It’s your fault, not mine.”
Meltzer: “It’s, I guess it’s my fault. Okay.”