Beth Phoenix has opened up about her concerns ahead of her husband Edge returning to the ring after retiring as the result of a serious neck injury in 2011.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Phoenix said that she initially thought her husband was nuts for wanting to attempt a comeback.
Edge retired in April 2011 after defending the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 27. At the time, the Rated R Superstar cited cervical spinal stenosis and the neck injury he had sustained years earlier as the reason for his retirement.
However, by late 2019 rumours were regularly circulating suggesting that the former world champion could be attempting a comeback. Despite numerous denials from the man himself, Edge returned to action at the 2020 Royal Rumble.
Reflecting on Edge’s journey back to the ring, Phoenix explained how it was “difficult” to watch as she knew how serious his neck issues had been.
“We talk about this a lot,” Phoenix said. “The documentary (Beth Phoenix: Icons) shows a little bit of it and what you see on the screen is like 2% of it. But it’s been years and years and years of the work he’s put in, pretty much since 2018, trying to get himself physically and mentally ready to do this. But me as a wife? It has been jarring. It has been difficult. Because for ten years, I had almost wrapped my head around the fact that ‘if he gets in a car accident, he could die. If he falls the wrong way, he could die.’ We were told all these things that made me feel terrified for Adam to be in dangerous situation. Even mountain biking I was nervous and uncomfortable. I love him, I don’t want anything to happen to him.”
Phoenix continued, revealing that although Edge felt ready, she needed to see the proof that a comeback would be safe for herself.
“So then, when he starts contemplating this wrestling thing I’m like ‘are you nuts? Maybe we should go consult a psychiatrist instead of Dr. Maroon.’ But he just knew himself. He knew himself, he knew his body and he knew himself, more than I did. I said ‘there’s two things I need to see before this can happen. And I said ‘this is as your wife and I will be the big heavy on this and say no, because we have two kids.’ I said ‘I’ve got to see it with my own eyes, number one, and then I have to hear it from the best in the world. I have to hear from Dr. Maroon, I have to hear from our team that you’ll be okay. And I have to see it, I have to see you move around with my own eyes to be convinced this is real.’ He did both, so what can I do Renee?”
Phoenix went on to discuss her own career, revealing that she also might not be done in the ring just yet.
The Hall of Famer said that she doesn’t think she’s done lacing up her boots, before admitting that there have been “little conversations” about a return and retirement match.
Beth Phoenix first signed with WWE back in 2004, appearing for the company’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. Phoenix would make her main roster debut in May 2006 as an ally to Trish Stratus, however, she returned to OVW after a fractured mandible completely severed her jaw.
Phoenix would make her return to the main roster in 2007, dubbing herself ‘The Glamazon’. She would go on to play a pivotal role in the women’s division, becoming a one-time Divas Champion and three-time Women’s Champion.
The Glamazon retired from in-ring competition in 2012 and was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame five years later. Following a few sporadic returns to the squared circle, Phoenix joined the NXT commentary team in 2019. Her most recent in-ring appearance came during the 2020 Royal Rumble.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.