Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What If Wednesday: Edge Doesn't Retire

Edge retains the title at Wrestlemania 27
Photo courtesy: My 1-2-3 Cents
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents

When I attended Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta back in 2011, I had no idea when Edge retained the World Heavyweight Title that it would be the last time we'd ever see the superstar wrestle.  A week later on Raw, sighting a serious neck injury, Edge retired as the champion.  It was a noble move, one that surely was difficult, but I'm glad Edge put his health and future first.

But what if the Rated R Superstar would have stayed active? Obviously, I'm writing this under the assumption that Edge is healthy.  I think that he would have continued his feud with Alberto Del Rio, having defeated the Mexican superstar at Mania.  I believe the two would have traded the championship throughout 2011, helping Del Rio reach his "destiny".

With that idea though, I don't think that Christian would have had the opportunity to win the World Title.  In turn, that would have put the championship reigns of Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan in jeopardy.  Instead of Randy Orton getting the program with Christian, Edge would have regained the title from Del Rio and then dropped it to Mark Henry.  Daniel Bryan would have still been able to cash in his briefcase and win the belt too.

Christian and Edge about to do some damage on Del Rio's car
Photo courtesy: My 1-2-3 Cents
I'd also like to think that Edge and Christian would have reunited at some point for another run as tag team champions.  The division in late 2011 and early 2012 was far from impressive, so I think this dynamic duo would have helped rejuvenate things and allow the next great team to step up and accept the torch.

Edge would likely still be active today (September 2014) at the age of 40.  I would imagine he'd probably be out of the World Heavyweight Title picture by today's standards, but still near the top of the pack.  He'd be helping groom the next generation and get them ready for a five second (or longer) pose.  His induction into the Hall of Fame would be postponed until after he officially decided to call it quits.  

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