Coming up on the night before WrestleMania XXVIII it's the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony which will be headlined by Edge. Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com spoke with Edge about what he misses from not being in the WWE on a day-to-day basis anymore, the day he got the call from the company that they wanted him, what he would have done if he had not become a WWE superstar, what he would have liked to have done if his career has lasted another year including who he wanted his last match against, the build to the match between The Rock and John Cena this year and how unique it is, the talk that some guys are upset about The Rock returning, what Michael P.S. Hayes will be wearing to the Hall of Fame ceremony, an idea for him and Christian at the induction and more.
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Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What he misses the most about not being with WWE on a day-to-day basis: Honestly, I don't miss anything about being on the road. If there's things I miss, it would be the camaraderie of some of the guys. Being able to see Kane every week or Christian every week or (Dolph) Ziggler, guys I'm good friends with and road with. I miss that. I don't miss the travel. I don't miss being constantly exhausted, constantly sore and feeling like a zombie. I don't miss that at all. I wake up now and my body doesn't hurt. I have some neck days here and there but the rest of me feels great. So I'll get out and mountain bike 35 miles. I wouldn't have the energy to do that when I was working. So, I don't miss much. I miss the guys and the feeling of that crowd reaction when you have a good match but beyond that not a whole lot.
If he starting mapping out his final year in the WWE which he was planning before the neck injury forced him to retire: I wanted to try and build it to Christian and I at a WrestleMania if it was possible. It looked like if I would have stuck around it would have happened before that. I think we would have got to him and I this year. I was kind of hoping that this would be the last year, the last Mania and gauge it from there. If I had another year left in me, sign for another year because my contract is up this month. I thought I'll sit down at this year's WrestleMania and see where I'm at. But if it could have built to where it would have been Christian and I at this year's WrestleMania then I don't think there would have been any other way to go. It's like why bother, so I can do another year just to do another match that won't mean as much to me in the final match. But I had been mentally preparing for it. I knew or assumed that it would be this year.
So, it wasn't that hard to come to terms or grips with. i think it was harder for other people. I've had a lot of grown men come up to me, man, I'm just so bummed, I was crying. I was like thanks but I knew what was going on in my body so it wasn't as much of a shock to me I guess.
His thoughts on the build to The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28: I've really enjoyed it. I like the promos. I like the fact that you can tell they don't like each other. I also like the fact that you have a match that's a year in the making, especially with nowadays schedule and the amount of TV programming that we have. For them to be able to do a match a year out and not touch, nowadays is mind blowing. I think people have lost respect for that aspect of it. You know, everybody goes 'back in the day programs last longer and they didn't get blown off so quick'. Well yeah but there wasn't six hours of programming every week or whatever it is. It's hard to keep guys apart to do Savage vs. Steamboat nowadays. Back when I was a kid growing up, you had Wrestling Superstars or one hour on a Saturday from 11-12 or 12-1. It was easy to keep guys apart. Not any more. It's changed. So the fact that they've been able to do this year-long program without touching is astounding to me. And the fact that if Rock comes back next year, who knows? They could go again next year. Then you essentially have a three-year program with two matches. That's amazing.
There's always going to be people that will complain if they haven't touched this, that or the other but then will complain if they blow it off too quick. You just got to sit back and enjoy this and take it for what it is because it hasn't actually been done before.