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Edge leaves memories behind
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Reality and storyline are often blurred in wrestling.

That’s just the way it’s gone for as long as grown men have been pulling on enlarged bathing suits and stepping into a wrestling ring.

But there was nothing “fake” about Adam Copeland’s emotional speech on Monday Night RAW.

Copeland, who has rightfully claimed superstar status as Edge and The Rated R Superstar, told a shocked WWE audience he was retiring immediately.

Usually, we have time to prepare for one of our heroes to step away. Not so much this time.

Diagnosed with spinal stenosis, Edge was advised to retire. After a previous neck injury and still with tingling and numbness in his arms, he took the advice, vacating his world heavyweight championship to step aside.

He was humble. He was sincere. And he was thankful.

Thank you Edge. Thanks for the memories.

ABDULLAH: ‘I DREW MONEY’

Abdullah the Butcher is surprised that Superstar Billy Graham doesn’t agree with his inclusion in WWE’s Hall of Fame. Graham, himself a Hall of Famer, wants out in protest.

“I helped Superstar Billy Graham when he was in Calgary. I loaned him money. For him to say I shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame is wrong. I still think he’s a nice guy, but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

“Why shouldn’t I be in the Hall. They put Drew Carey in. What’s wrong with me? I drew money all over the world.”

Abdullah, who never wrestled in WWE, says there was an offer on the table from Vince McMahon Sr. long ago. “The old man wanted me to come to New York. But some guys started telling him, ‘Abdullah is going to kill the territory.’ So he never brought me in.”

Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.