In 2011, Edge was forced into an early retirement due to a neck injury. Following his retirement, Edge stepped away from wrestling and entered into podcasts, television, movies, and more.
One thing Edge didn't do in retirement was stay with WWE as a backstage producer. Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Edge explained why he didn't remain in WWE as a producer.
"A lot of talent have come up to me and I love it. That's part of the reason I wanted to come back. I didn't want to come back and do the greatest hits and collect a payday," Edge said when asked about giving younger talent advice. "I want to help further the next generation and get in there, hands-on. If I can get in there and get hands on you, that's when I can really teach. That's why I never took a producer's job because I knew if I was that close but couldn't actually show through movement, just telling ideas in the back wasn't going to cut it. I have to get in there. I want to get in there with them and let them feel how easy it can be if you're listening and you have your mind in the right place."
Before his injury, Edge expressed excitement in wrestling newer talent such as Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, Keith Lee, and more.
Edge is currently sidelined with a torn triceps. It is unknown when he will return.
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