To the delight and surprise of wrestling fans everywhere Adam “Edge” Coplan came out of retirement after nine years away from professional wrestling and was a surprise entrant in January at WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
Edge had one of the best surprise entrances in WWE history and blew the roof off the building. It seemed too good to be true. We finally had our guy back, and sadly just as quickly as he came back, he got taken away again. Though thankfully this time he isn’t going away for good.
During Edge’s match with Randy Orton at Backlash, in what was only his second singles match back since coming out of retirement, the Rated R Superstar tore his triceps during the match. A torn tricep is a nasty injury and can take anywhere from 8-10 months to properly heal. Wrestling fans have all been curious about the progress of Edge’s recovery, and recently during a conversation with Sports Illustrated, he provided a much desired update.
“It’s OK,” said Edge when asked how he was feeling. “You know, I look at injuries and ask myself, ‘How was it compared to the Achilles tear?’ [laughs]. Compared to the Achilles tear, it was nothing. There was surgery, but I know the drill. I know what I have to do, and I know you have to baby it for the first month, then I can start putting the nose to the grindstone. I can still do exercises for the rest of my body, which is good, so it’s just being careful.”
“It’s a learning experience, too. The doctor that did the surgery said that there was a good chance my tricep was already partially torn going into the match, so I look it as a learning experience. My elbow was sore for probably a month, but I thought it was one of those regular aches and pains. I have a bunch of floating chips in my elbow, so I told myself, ‘Of course it’s going to hurt.’ This is a reminder that I need to listen to those things. At 46 years old, my body is trying to tell me something’s up. Now I have that knowledge going forward if something’s aching.”
When the injury occurred it wasn’t something that Edge became aware of after the match, he knew the instant his triceps tore.
“I knew,” said Edge. “I took an RKO, and I felt a little nauseous and I got a cold sweat—not a hot sweat. That’s generally when you know you’ve popped something. It wasn’t all that painful in comparison to my neck pain over the years or compared to tearing both pecs or tearing my Achilles. I just thought, ‘I might have torn it a little bit,’ and then I found out I tore it completely off the bone. I gauge everything to the pain of tearing my Achilles, so not a lot can compare.”
You can watch Edge in his new movie that’s out right now, Money Plane, starring Adam “Edge” Copeland, Kelsey Grammer, and Thomas Jane.
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