WWE Hall of Famer Edge appeared on Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast this week to review WrestleMania, but before the two got into that, they discussed the unfortunate passing of Perro Aguayo Jr. Edge had well documented neck injuries throughout his career that ultimately led to his retirement
"I was on set and I heard about it," said Edge. "Someone sent me the link and I stupidly watched it. I couldn't get past it. It hit so close to home. I'm the luckiest man on the planet. I feel that when I see that and I hear about it. I don't know how I dodged that bullet, because that easily should have been me."
Edge said he'd had issues with his neck long before retiring, as well.
"I probably had stenosis when Jeff (Hardy) landed on me through that ladder at WrestleMania 23," said Edge. I was already having more neck issues then. How did I breeze by that? There's no explanation, especially when I saw how little caused Perro to pass away. I don't want to speak out of turn, seeing that makes me wonder if he had spinal stenosis that was undiagnosed. I feel horrible for his family, for Rey, for everybody. It still sits with me. How did I get through. Seeing the moves and motions, that's how I felt. I got so many texts from people saying 'glad you got out.' It's been sitting in my gut, but I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet."
Jericho said that when he watched it, he felt the same way, and thought of Edge when it happened. Jericho also said that while it's a tragedy, he hopes that it changes the business and has more people checking on their spines.
"It was a simple MRI. I had been having neck issues stemming from the first fusion. I was taking the Batista Bomb every night during our angle. Every night I would take it and my arms would go out. They would come back but it would take like 20 seconds. That should have set off alarms but it was the mentality of 'I'm the champ, I have to keep rolling through.' This is what we do. Finally, my arms was trembling. It felt like my nervous system was off. It was just an MRI that showed it. Finally WWE said 'that's it, dude.'" said Edge
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