WWE Monday Night RAW

Season 19 Episode 15

Mon, April 11, 2011

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 2011 on USA



  • Trivia

    • WWE: Did You Know?: WWE has over 5 million Facebook fans, more than : EPSN, Pepsi, Major League Baseball, Gatorade, Nascar and the NFL.

    • WWE: Did You Know?: Last Monday, WWE programming was watched by over 12 million people – more that any show on ESPN, TNT, Fox, Fox News, CW and NBC.

  • Quotes

    • Edge: You may have to bear with me a little bit. I'm probably gonna ramble and not make much sense, but please just bear with me. A lot of people think that the WWE doesn't hurt; that what we do, maybe it's done with smoke and mirrors, and I wish that were true. But anybody in that locker room, anybody who has ever stepped foot in here, laced up a pair of boots, they know that's not the case, which brings me to what I'm about to tell you.
      Eight years ago, I broke my neck. I had spinal fusion surgery, which means they move your throat over, they put a plate in there and screws--it's really in-depth surgery. But because of that surgery, I knew that I was wrestling on borrowed time from that point on. So fast-forward, and the last little while, I've been in a lot of pain. I've been losing feeling in my arms. So I passed the strength tests and all of those things, I made it through WrestleMania, but the WWE wanted me to go get more tests, and thankfully I did, because the MRIs showed that...that I have to retire.
      I mean, trust me, it's not my choice. The doctors have told me that I have no choice, and thankfully they found out because I'm not gonna end up in a wheelchair now. (The crowd starts to cheer and chant "Thank you, Edge") This is a little bit tougher than I thought it was going to be. So...thank you, guys.
      I tell you, this has been an emotional roller coaster of a week for me, and I'm not gonna lie. I felt sorry for myself...until I talked to Christian; and for those of you who don't know, Christian has been my best friend for 27 years. And you see, I was angry, I was angry at myself, I was angry at my body because I felt like there's a lot of people in this company that depend on me, and I felt like I was letting them down. I felt like I was letting you guys down. But then...you know, I was upset too, because I didn't feel like I was ending this on my terms. But he reminded me that I've...I've competed my whole career on my terms.
      You know, I'm still like all of you--I am a huge fan of the WWE. Every month, Christian and I would go to Maple Leaf Gardens and we would watch all of our favorites. We would watch the Legion of Doom, we'd watch Demolition, we'd watch Hulk Hogan, we'd watch all of them and just be enthralled. Then I went to WrestleMania VI, and I watched Hulk Hogan against the Ultimate Warrior and I said, "I'm doing this one day."
      And you know what? Fast-forward a whole bunch of years, and I'm main-eventing WrestleMania against the Undertaker. There's no way I ever would've dreamed of that. There's no way, if you'd told me when I was eleven years old, that I would win more championships than anyone in the history of this company, no way I would've believed you. And if you'd told me that my last match would be at WrestleMania in one of the main events defending the World Heavyweight Championship, and that I'd be retiring as the World Heavyweight Champion? Man, I couldn't dream of a better way to go out, I really couldn't.
      You know, I started in the WWE when I was 23. I mean, I've been doing this for 19 years, 14 of them with the WWE. My first match was May 10, 1996, in Hamilton's Copps Coliseum, and I was 23 years old and I feel like I've grown up in front of all of you. I feel like I've made a whole lot of mistakes in front of you. I've learned from them, and I've become a man in front of you. I've gone from being the silent guy running around the streets of New York with a trench coat that was way too small for him; to a pseudo-vampire in the Brood; to one of the funny goofy guys along with Christian, posing for the benefit of those with flash photography. I became one of the most despised guys in the history of the WWE--as a matter of fact, I got thrown in the Long Island Sound. I have a "live sex celebration"--thankfully with Lita and not Vickie Guerrero. And I would hope that through it all, I've earned the respect of everyone in that locker room, and I hope that I've earned all of your respect, because no matter what, no matter what, I came out here and I tried to give you guys as much as I had every single night; and in turn, you guys gave it right back to me.
      So, I'm gonna miss all of this. All of it--I'm gonna miss that reaction when I hear my music and I come out on the ramp. It's like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart from you guys, and it's amazing--I can't describe it. But that being said, I don't have to wear tights tomorrow, and I am gonna go eat a whole lot of ice cream tonight. But if you would ask me if I would do all of this again, all the way back from getting hired by JR. If you asked me if I'd travel all the roads, log all the miles, hop on all the flights, all the sleepless nights, all the surgeries, all of the injuries, the metal rods in my teeth, all of it--if you asked me if I'd do it again, in a heartbeat. So thank you, thank you very much.

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