Monday, April 11, 2011

WWE Confirms Edge's Retirement

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Less than a week after his successful title defense against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII, World Heavyweight Champion Edge has been forced to retire from in-ring competition due to injury. The unexpected news brings to an end a storied WWE career spanning 13 years and consisting of 11 World Title reigns. (CAREER PHOTOS)

The Rated-R Superstar had been suffering numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands. This is not the first time Edge has experienced these symptoms of nueropraxia. An MRI administered at Atlanta Midtown Diagnostic Imaging last Monday was sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon, a renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at The Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After careful examination of the MRI, it was determined that Edge would never be cleared to compete again, and thus, he is forced to retire.

In 2003, Edge underwent a two level spinal fusion of the discs between his C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae. After being cleared to compete, The Rated-R Superstar returned to the ring, resulting in stenosis of the spine, or a narrowing of the spinal column, above and below the fused discs. This narrowing resulted in less and less of the vital fluid needed to protect the spinal cord. Medical professionals cannot clear Edge to compete ever again in WWE since doing so could result in paralysis or even death.
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Results For WWE Raw 4/11/11

Cole makes his way to the ring and he enters his protective area so Jerry Lawler doesn’t disembowel him.

John Cena comes out to the ring.

Cena says that it is a great time to be in the WWE Universe. He says that it is chaos and excitement. It is energy because an announcement was made that turned the WWE upside down. An announcement that needed a full year for the WWE Universe to digest.

He mentions that a match was made for Wrestlemania 28 that puts icon against icon and generation against generation. It will be the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment. He says that everyone has their calendar’s circled for April 1, 2012 when John Cena faces the Rock.

In a match of this magnitude, it can’t be two competitors fighting for bragging rights. The main event of Wrestlemania 28 will be for the WWE Championship. Cena says that if it is the biggest match, it has to be for the biggest prize in Sports Entertainment.

In order to be for the title, the guy who fights every week has to capture the WWE Title. Cena makes a challenge to the Miz. It is time for another Wrestlemania moment.

Instead of the WWE Champion, Randall Keith Orton makes his way to the ring in near record time.

Orton tells John that with all due respect, he thinks that any business that Cena had at Wrestlemania has been settled. Cena can blame the Rock and make as many matches for next year’s Wrestlemania, but it doesn’t change that Cena lost.

Orton tells Cena that he should step aside and give someone who actually won at Wrestlemania a shot at the title.

Cena is interrupted by John Morrison who makes his way to the ring. John apologizes for interrupting and he says that we would see the two of them arguing about who the number one contender is. Morrison says that is a good show, but not as good now that John Morrison is involved. Morrison says that if there is a discussion of Miz’s next opponent, it must include John Morrison.

Vickie Guerrero interrupts with an Excuse Me and she comes to the ring with Dolph Ziggler and she says that someone new should get a Championship opportunity. Vickie points out that she pinned Morrison a few weeks ago. The next person who should be in line for a WWE Title match is here. Vickie says that she was joking and she says that it should be Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler says that he didn’t come to Raw to waste his time with Snooki. Dolph says that he is the most talented person in the ring. Dolph says that he has never faced the Miz for the WWE Title so the line starts behind him. Dolph says that they will all get their chances.

R Truth’s music plays and he comes to the ring and he wants to know ‘What’s Up’. He says that the truth is that he never got a one-on-one WWE Title match. He says that is the truth and that is what’s up.

They all argue and then we see the lights go out and we hear the dingy dingy before the dingbat reads the e-mail from the General Manager. He says that they have made compelling arguments. He will give them all an opportunity. It is a five man gauntlet match. Two men will start and then the winner advances to the next superstar. The man who goes the distance will be the number one contender at Extreme Rules.

We go to commercial.

We are back with someone playing with a doll where we only see the side of their head. Then the head is flicked off. We hear laughing. [Hello whatever Amazing Kong is going to be called].

Match Number One: Brie Bella with Nikki Bella versus Eve Torres

Eve wants the referee to put a mark on Nikki’s hand so they can’t do the switcheroo.

Brie with forearms to the head followed by an Irish whip and a clothesline to the back of the head. Brie with kicks to Eve followed by a snap mare and then she sends Eve’s head into the mat. Brie with a side head lock. Eve with a running bulldog and then she hits a drop kick followed by a knee and kick. Eve with a clothesline followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Brie backs into the corner and avoids a splash into the corner. Eve puts Brie in the Tree of Woe and then hits a drop kick. Eve kicks Brie and then Nikki pushes Brie out of the ring. Nikki has trouble getting up and Eve with a drop kick and the referee sees the mark on the hand. The referee sends Nikki out of the ring and Brie hits Eve with an X Factor for the three count.

Winner: Brie Bella

Sin Cara is putting his mask on in the back because he will be wrestling next.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that WWE can spin their ratings.

Eve is in the locker room and Gail says that she got the short end of the stick. Eve says that she knows how the Divas Locker Room works because everyone wants their shot at the title. Natalya tries to comfort her and Eve says that she doesn’t want to hear it. Natalya asks Gail if they are like that and then Tamina walks in and out.

Match Numero Dos: Sin Cara contra Primo

Primo dives for Sin Cara’s feet and then they lock up. Primo works on the arm and puts him in a hammer lock. Sin with an elbow followed by a snap mare and Primo rolls to the apron and back into the ring. Primo pie faces Sin Cara and then Sin Cara kicks Primo. Primo with a kick and forearms.

Sin Cara with a flip off Primo’s chest followed by a monkey flip and drop kick that sends Primo to the floor. Sin Cara with a slingshot rana to the floor. He returns Primo into the ring but Primo with a baseball slide when Sin Cara takes too long to return to the ring. Primo rolls him back in and he kicks and chops Sin Cara. Primo with a drop kick and then he gets a near fall.

Primo with a chin lock and he sends Sin Cara to the mat. Primo with a chop and Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Sin Cara with chops followed by a springboard head scissors take down followed by another head scissors take down. Primo stops Sin Cara and then he tries for a power bomb but Sin Cara counters with a sunset flip and he gets a near fall.

Sin Cara with an Irish whip but Primo gets his boots up. Sin Cara with an enzuigiri when Primo tries to go up top. Primo sends Sin Cara to the floor. Sin Cara with another kick and then he goes back up top and Sin Cara hits a C4 from the turnbuckles for the three count.

Winner: Sin Cara

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Slam of the Week: Last week’s face off and attempted attack by The Corre.

The Corre are in the ring and Wade has something to say. Last week, John Cena and the Rock made WWE history when they agreed to a match at Wrestlemania 28. Barrett says that they were going to attack Cena and the Rock, but it was to no avail. Barrett says that was through no fault of his own. Barrett looks at Slater and Gabriel. He says that he saw them as equals, but if they aren’t going to hold up their part of the bargain, there is no need to move on as a group.

Gabriel says that his 450 is what puts everyone out. He is a three time tag team champion. Slater points out that they are three time tag champions. No one is going to take their success. Jackson says that he made them credible by slamming a 500 pound giant.

They are interrupted by Santino Marella who is with Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, and Daniel Bryan. Santino says hello and he presents ‘The Apple’. Allied People Power Loathing Everything (that they stand for). Their implosion will continue because Team Apple, in the name of Vladimir Kozlov challenges them to a fight. This fight will not keep the doctor away.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Santino Marella, Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, and Daniel Bryan versus Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekiel Jackson in a Our team’s name is worse than your team’s name Match

The match is joined in progress and Gabriel and Jackson choke Bryan in the corner. Gabriel tags in and he hits a jumping spin kick followed by a snap mare and drop kick to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Gabriel with a forearm and Jackson tags in and he connects with a forearm and then he slams Bryan. Jackson with an elbow drop for a near fall.

Barrett tags in and he kicks Bryan and punches him. Slater tags back in and then he kicks and slams Bryan. Gabriel tags in and he hits a slingshot senton onto Bryan. Slater tags back in and he puts Bryan in a reverse chin lock. Slater with an elbow to Bryan followed by an Irish whip but he gets his foot up and then he hits a Yakuza kick and both men are down.

Bryan kicks Slater off and Santino tags in and he punches Slater followed by a forearm and reverse atomic drop. Santino knocks Gabriel off the apron. Santino with a split and a hip toss followed by a diving head butt and he gets a near fall. Henry knocks Jackson down and then Bourne with a flying double knee strike on Barrett. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Barrett. Gabriel hits Santino from behind while he tries for the Cobra and Slater with a DDT for the three count.

Winner: Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Ezekiel Jackson, and Wade Barrett

While Cole and Lawler talk about the next match, Jim Ross makes his way to the ring and Michael Cole gets to do his stand up routine. Jim Ross hits Cole with his hat and then it is time to shake the Cole Slaw container. Jack Swagger tries to attack Jim Ross but he misses and Lawler goes after Swagger. Referees make their way to ringside to bring some order.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Jerry Lawler versus Jack Swagger in a What Happens to Michael Cole’s Career Match

They lock up and Swagger with a back body drop and then Swagger does laps for no reason. Cole reminds Lawler to protect the ankle. Lawler with a punch to Swagger and then Lawler runs like Swagger. Swagger with punches and kicks to Lawler. Swagger with a side head lock. Lawler with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold.

Swagger goes for the leg and he tries for the ankle lock and Lawler gets to the ropes. Swagger finally releases the hold before the referee has to disqualify him. Swagger sends Lawler’s knee into the mat. Swagger with a key lock but Lawler gets to his feet. Swagger back Cole into the corner and then he connects with an elbow.

Swagger sends Lawler into the turnbuckles but Lawler gets that Memphis fury going and he takes down the strap and it is time for some Lawler punches. Swagger with a boot to the midsection and then Swagger gets Lawler up for a power slam but Lawler gets free and he hits a drop kick to the back.

Cole gets on the apron and Lawler sees him up there. Cole doesn’t want it to be like this. Swagger recovers and takes Lawler down with a clothesline. Lawler pulls Cole off the apron and Swagger grabs Lawler. Lawler with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: Jerry Lawler

Cole and Swagger argue in the ring. Cole reminds Swagger what the result is. He wants to know if Swagger is an idiot and then he yells at Swagger. He says that he paid him good money and then he slaps Swagger.

Cole gets out of the ring before Swagger can hit him back.

Now it is time to find out what the stipulation for Lawler/Cole II . . . Isn’t that One Too Many at Extreme Rules. Jerry says that he has a good idea for the match. It should be a tag match. Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross against Michael Cole and Jack Swagger. Lawler reminds Swagger that Cole slapped him earlier in the night.

It is time to get comments from the WWE Superstars about the Undertaker/Triple H match from Wrestlemania.

John Cena and Edge are in the back and they shake hands before Edge starts walking to the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for Edge to make his way to the ring.

Jim Ross has joined Jerry Lawler at the announce table.

Edge says that you may have to bear with him because he is going to ramble. Some people think that the WWE doesn’t hurt and what they do is done with smoke and mirrors. Anyone in the locker room or anyone who has laced up the boots know that isn’t true. Eight years ago, he broke his neck and he had spinal fusion surgery. Because of that surgery, he was wrestling on borrowed time. Edge says that over the last little while, he has been in a lot of pain. Edge says that he has been losing feeling in his arms. He passed the strength tests and at Wrestlemania, he was okay. He had some more tests and the MRI and results show that he has to retire. Edge says that it isn’t his choice. Edge says that he has no choice. Edge says that because of that he won’t have to end up in a wheelchair.

The fans in Bridgeport applaud Edge while he shows some emotion.

Edge says that this is tougher than he thought. The fans chant ‘Thank You Edge’. He says that it has been an emotional rollercoaster.

He says that he talked to Christian, who has been his best friend for 27 years. Edge says that he was angry at himself and his body because he felt that he was letting people down. Edge says that he did not like that he wasn’t ending things on his terms. Christian reminded Edge that he has been competing his entire career on his terms. Edge says that he is a huge fan of the WWE. Every month, they used to go to Maple Leaf Gardens to watch their favorites and be enthralled. Then he went to Wrestlemania VI and saw the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan and he wanted to do that. Then he would main event Wrestlemania against the Undertaker. He says that he never would have believed that he would hold more World Titles than anyone else. He never would have dreamt of having his final match as one of the main events at Wrestlemania.

Edge says that he has been doing it for 19 years. His first match was in 1996 in Hamilton. He was 23 years old and he feels like he has grown up in front of everyone. He has become a man in front of everyone. He has gone from being the silent guy in a trenchcoat, to a pseudo vampire in the Brood, to one of the funny goofy guys with Christian who was posing for those with the benefit of flash photography. He was one of the most despised guys and was thrown into the Long Island Sound. He had a live sex celebration with Lita, and thankfully not Vickie Guerrero. Edge says that he hopes that he has earned the respect of everyone in the locker room and everyone in the crowd. He says that he tried to give everything he had every night.

Edge says that he is going to miss all of this. He is going to miss the shot of adrenaline when he hears his music and goes through the curtain. Edge says that he won’t have to wear tights tomorrow and he can eat a lot of ice cream.

Edge says that if he would do it all again with all of the surgeries, injuries, and miles traveled, he would do it in a heartbeat. Edge thanks everyone and he leaves the ring one last time.

He walks up the ramp and to the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know WWE has a lot of Facebook friends.

We see Edge walking through the Gorilla Position as everyone applauds his speech.

Jerry talks about the show of respect that everyone showed for Edge. Jim Ross says that he never thought he would have heard Edge retiring when he was on his way to Raw tonight.

Miz comes to ring with Alex Riley and he joins Jerry, Josh, and Jim at the announce table.

Match Number Five: #1 Contender Gauntlet

Segment Number One: Randall Keith Orton versus Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero

They lock up and Ziggler with a fireman’s carry. Orton with a European uppercut for a near fall. Ziggler with a Fameasser and then he punches Orton and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Orton falls to his knees because Ziggler knows how to apply a reverse chin lock. Orton with an arm drag and clotheslines followed by a power slam. Ziggler tries to get to the apron but that only means it is time for the IEDDT and Orton hits it.

Orton turns into the push ups and that can only mean RKO time. Ziggler get so his feet but Nexus appears and Ziggler gets the three count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga attack Orton and then Mason Ryan comes into the ring and he connects with a big boot to the head. They yell at Orton and then Ryan picks up Orton and hits a power bomb.

We go to commercial.

Segment Number Two: Dolph Ziggler versus R Truth

Ziggler attacks Truth and punches him in the corner. Ziggler with more punches and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a snap mare and a leaping elbow drop. Ziggler with an arm bar and chin lock on Truth and he turns it into a side head lock. Ziggler sends Truth to the mat and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Ziggler returns to the reverse chin lock.

Truth with punches but Ziggler with a knee and Irish whip. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and Truth with an uppercut followed by jabs. Truth with a kick and sit out gourdbuster for a near fall. Ziggler sends Truth into the turnbuckles and then Ziggler continues to work on the neck with a neck breaker and he gets another near fall.

Truth with a leaping flatline for the three count.

Winner: R Truth

Segment Three: John Morrison versus R Truth

Truth with punches to Morrison and he gets a near fall with a sunset flip but Morrison with a near fall. They exchange covers and get near falls. They shake hands and Morrison tries for a rollup. Truth with a kick but Morrison with a flapjack and then Morrison kips up and hits the pommel horse leg drop for a near fall.

Morrison with a reverse chin lock. Truth with a punch but Morrison with a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Truth with a punch and then Morrison clotheslines Truth over the top rope. Truth pulls Morrison to the floor. They each go for clotheslines and both men are down. They both get in at nine. Truth with a double sledge followed by punches. Morrison with clotheslines followed by a leg lariat for a near fall. Truth with a suplex into a stunner for a near fall.

Morrison holds on to the ropes and then he connects with an elbow. Morrison with a springboard round kick and then he pulls Truth into the corner while Miz wonders why he didn’t go for the cover. Morrison shows that he should have gone for the cover and misses the split legged corkscrew moonsault. Truth with the leaping flatline for the three count.

Winner: R Truth

Segment Four: John Cena versus R Truth

Cena goes for the arm followed by a gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Cena with a drop kick for a near fall. Cena waits for Truth to get to his feet and Cena with a kick and suplex for a near fall. Cena with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Cena with a power slam for a near fall.

Truth tries to get to his feet and Cena with another suplex and he gets another near fall. Cena goes to the turnbuckles and he waits for Truth to get up and he hits the Rocker Dropper for a near fall. Cena cannot believe that Truth has fought through this so far.

Truth with a punch and both men go down. They get to their feet and Truth with a few clotheslines followed by a hip toss and he hits the flying twisting forearm and he gets a two count.

Truth waits for Cena to get to his feet but Cena with the two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle as we finish the Legendary sequence, but he tells Miz that he can’t see him. Cena gets Truth up and then Miz and Riley attack Truth and Cena and the referee calls for the bell.

Double Disqualification

Miz and Riley survey the damage as we wonder what this means about the title match.

Miz says that means that both Truth and Cena are losers.

Miz says that they can both go to the end of the line because there is no number one contender.

We go to dingy dingy land and Jerry decides to read from the laptop of doom.

There is no number one contender for the WWE Title. There are now two number one contenders for the title. Extreme Rules will see a Triple Threat Match with Miz facing R Truth and John Cena. Truth and Cena attack Miz and Riley. Cena gives Riley an Attitude Adjustment.

Truth and Cena stand in the center of the ring and since there is no Extreme Rules sign to point to they shake hands and then they playfully push each other as it escalates until Truth leaves the ring.

We go to credits.

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Christian Comments On Edge's Retirement

Christian tweeted the following after Edge announced his retirement on WWE Raw: