WWE Hall of Famer Edge has given the clearest indication yet as to when he might hang up his boots for good, and it’s probably sooner than fans would hope.
Edge returned to action on Monday Night Raw in his hometown of Toronto, Canada as he took on friend-turned-foe Damian Priest in the main event. The Rated-R Superstar was able to put away his former Judgment Day protege but he was soon swarmed by Priest’s partners, Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor.
Luckily for Edge, his WWE Hall of Fame wife Beth Phoneix was on hand to keep The Judgment Day at bay with a steel chair.
After Raw went off the air, the eleven-time WWE World Champion took to the microphone to address the Toronto crowd and suggested his days in the ring are numbered.
Edge told the crowd:
“I hope to come back one last time here in Toronto. Looking at the calendar, we usually come here [to Toronto] in August. So, next August, I guarantee each and every one of you [that I’ll be back here]. And in a perfect world, we all say goodbye to each other that night.”
“Hey, it’s OK, man. This is the place for me to do it [retire]. I mean this when I say it — I love all of you, and in case you missed it, I love being Canadian!” [h/t Wrestling Inc]
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer indicated that the show in Toronto in 2023 could well see Edge get a grand send-off at SummerSlam:
“Yeah, he gave the impression the show in August might be SummerSlam and that might be the end of the run. I think he said this could be the end of this run. He signed a three-year deal when he came back but of course, if he wants to retire he can retire. A lot of guys talk retirement and kind of keep going, it’s very hard to walk away from that, he was out for nine years and came back, he may feel that way today but a year from now who knows how he’ll feel.”
“He definitely hinted, I think he would want to retire in Toronto and choose his own way of retiring as opposed to being forced like the last time.”
Edge returned to WWE at the 2020 Royal Rumble after nine years out of the wrestling business due to injuries. Since his return, he has headlined WrestleMania 37, challenged for the WWE Universal Championship, and won the 2021 men’s Royal Rumble match.