One of the major stories coming out of the Royal Rumble was the return of Adam Copeland a.k.a. Edge during the men’s Rumble match.
Copeland, 46, entered the Royal Rumble in the #21 position and lasted until the final three with Roman Reigns and eventual winner Drew McIntyre.
During the match, there was an issue teased with Randy Orton as the former Rated RKO teammates formed an alliance that ended when Edge eliminated Orton.
Copeland has not wrestled since April 2011 when he was forced into retirement at the age of 37 due to cervical spinal stenosis. His retirement announcement occurred on an episode of Raw that is well-remembered as one of the most candid speeches to take place in the show’s history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2012 and had moved over to a career in acting including regular roles on the series Haven and Vikings.
Last year, it was reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Copeland had signed a new deal with WWE and there was speculation of an in-ring return, which Copeland denied several times. In October, PWinsider.com reported he was in Pittsburgh on ‘WWE business’, which is the city where there head physician Dr. Joseph Maroon is based.