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WWE's Edge Ladder Matches Did Me In ... Jacked Up My Neck

2/18/2016 11:25 AM PST

WWE's Edge -- Ladder Matches Did Me In ... Jacked Up My Neck

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Still think wrestling is fake? 

WWE legend Edge says the damage he sustained from all of those famous ladder matches was VERY REAL -- and says the years falling from crazy heights jacked him up so bad, he had to retire. 

Edge was famous for performing in TONS of ladder matches during his career -- and with Daniel Bryan recently retiring due to concussion concerns, we asked if he had similar issues.  

But Edge says it wasn't his head that was problem -- "I fell off ladders a lot and that took a toll on the neck."

Edge retired in 2011 and had surgery to put 3 plates in his neck -- but isn't bitter about it. In fact, he's still very involved with the WWE. 

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