EdgeAdam Joseph Copeland
- Birthdate: 10/30/1973 (age 41)
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 241 Ib
Copeland was trained by former professional wre...
His reaction about going into the Hall of Fame: "Finding out (I was going into the Hall of Fame) was really surreal. I'm not going to lie. I had big reservations. It was: 'This year? Really? Why not next year or five years from now? Is it too soon?' Then I started getting texts from guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. They were the first. And if these guys were OK with it, then I had no problem with it. Looking back at where I have been ... this is so awesome."
About his decision to retire: "Having doctors make the decision for me actually made it easier," he said. "I didn't have to hem and haw over it, I didn't have to stew about it. Thankfully, I was already emotionally and mentally preparing for it. I wanted to make it to the top and I made it to the top. All that I did, it was selfish, but I needed to get there to make it work."
"I grew up in front of people. And yes, I was emotional when I was forced to retire. I never became my character. I was always able to say: 'I'm Adam and I'm playing the character of Edge. I was never going to be 55 and still wearing trench coats, trying to be a rock star. It can be hard playing a character for 20 years that that character doesn't become you. It didn't for me. I can't imagine Johnny Depp walks down the street and has people saying: 'Hey, Jack Sparrow ... What's going on?' "
Comparing himself to John Elway: "As a fan, I'm loving it. I've been watching Triple H and Undertaker and Rock and Cena. Would it be fun to be in their shoes? Sure. But I will sit up in a box with my family and enjoy the show. There will be no pressure, no dangerous bumps and no mid-air spears from Jeff Hardy. Sure there will be moments that I wish I was in there. I'm sure it was the same with Brett Favre and John Elway where they were watching football and thinking: 'I wish I had made that play.' "
His upcoming DVD: "I'm in an amazing, amazing place. For me to have college buddies and guys that I trained with ... To see them in a WWE DVD is cool for me. And I'm not going to lie, you want to hear what other guys say about you."