Adam Copeland, born October 30, 1973, is a Canadian actor and a former professional wrestler in the WWE under the name Edge and was on of their top-tier talent,with many titles in the process; 4 time WWE Champion, 7 time World Heavyweight Champion, 5 time WWE Intercontinental, 1 time WCW United states Champion, 12 time World Tag Team Champion (7 times with Christian, twice with Chris Benoit, 1 with Hulk Hogan, 1 with Randy Orton and 1 with Chris Jericho, and 2 time WWE Tag Team Champion, once with Rey Mysterio Jr, and once with Chris Jericho. He has also won King of the Ring in 2001, the Royal Rumble in 2010 and Money in the Bank in 2005 (in 2007 he won the briefcase from Mr Kennedy).Referred to as either "The Rated R Superstar" (garnering the nickname after the details of his real-life affair with WWE Diva Lita emerged and became part of their on-screen personas) or "The Ultimate Opportunist" (a nickname inspired by his penchant for using any opportunity he can get to screw over his opponents and win titles), Edge gained fame in WWE first as a member of The Brood with Gangrel and Christian. Later on, Edge found superstardom as he teamed with Christian and the team feuded with the Dudley Boyz and the Hardys for the latter half of the Attitude Era in many memorable matches—chiefly Ladder Matches and TLC Matches.Edge would eventually break away from his tag team success and find singles success, then used his victory in the very first Money in the Bank Ladder Match to catapult himself into main eventer status by using the contract to screw over John Cena and win the WWE Championship. From then on, Edge was a main-eventer for the rest of his career—which ended in early April 2011 (following his successful defense of the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 27). In a surprise announcement on Raw, Edge revealed that due to his spine deteriorating as a result of neck surgery he underwent years ago, if he did not retire, he risked being paralyzed or killed by continuing to perform in the ring. Rather than fight through the injury and risk his health, Edge chose to retire from in-ring competition—though he promised to be part of WWE in the future, and rumors were running rampant as to a future WWE Hall of Fame induction; they were finally confirmed on January 9, 2012. Currently a recurring character on SyFy's Haven, and guest-starring on Sanctuary.You can learn more about Edge's career over at his Wikipedia page, but a quick note on how successful he was: during the course of his career, Edge racked up a total of 31 different WWE championship victories, more than any other wrestler in the history of the company - including 13-time world champion Triple H.This Edge is not to be confused with Edge, a video game, U2 guitarist The Edge, Final Fantasy IV's ninja prince, the knife-lovingdelinquent from Rival Schools, or the wielder of the Star Dragon Sword from Suikoden III.SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR
Bittersweet Ending: The end of his career. He even explains this specifically during his retirement speech on WWE SmackDown! on 4/15/11. Surrendering his title after being told to retire because of his injuries is bad, but not only was going out on top as champion and defending his title at WrestleMania in his final match a definite sweetener, the alternative, potentially taking a huge bump and not being able to get back up, would be even worse.
Though Christian is doing pretty well for himself.
Both he and Christian count as this with regards to The Brood.
Subverted when it comes to being a Grand Slam Champion, though: Christian is one, while Edge will never be for two reasons: a) He needs the European or Hardcore Title, both of which were retired and b) speaking of being retired, so's he.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: His rant on how he hated everything that was stupid about the WWE, shortly before being fired from Raw and moved to Smackdown, bordered on this. He said almost everything that haters of WWE's TV-PG era rant about on the internet, and interestingly, a few of them started to like Edge after this incident.
On January 8, 2006, at New Year's Revolution inside Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship, the first of 11 world championships he would hold in his career. Fastforward to Smack Down airing April 15, 2011. Edge's career was ended due to chronic problems stemming from his 2003 spinal fusion surgery. As such, he was forced to surrender the World Heavyweight Championship inside the Times Union Center (formerly known as Pepsi Arena), the same arena where he won his first world title.
Here's another one for you.....the very first move Edge used in his first televised WWE match? The Spear. The final move used in his final match? Naturally the Spear.
Edge's debut match was against Jose Estrada, a Hispanic wrestler. His final match was against Alberto Del Rio - again, a Hispanic wrestler.
He debuted "Metalingus" as his theme song interrupting a Christian match. His last night as an official superstar, he came out after a Christian win, and the show ended with "Metalingus".
From his debut to his retirement, and most nights in between, five feminine words have served as prelude to his entrance. "You think you know me."
Call Back: A meta example, as he has the ornate cross logo of The Brood tattooed on his arm.
He's still "friends" with Zack Ryder, his old fanboy (with a much different gimmick and look) from 2008.
Also, his late 2010/early 2011 feud with Vickie Guerrero and her new boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler, has repeatedly referenced Edge and Vickie's kayfabe marriage from 2008-09.
Edge's retirement speech had a nice long continuity nod to his entire career.
Cry for the Devil: It was hard not to feel bad for Edge in the summer of 2008, really. His (kayfabe) romantic relationship with then-SmackDown! General Manager Vickie Guerrero, which at first appeared to be nothing more than a shrewd career move, was later shown to be real and heartfelt. On the day of their wedding, when Triple H revealed that Edge had been cheating on his fiancee with wedding planner Alicia Fox, the heartbreak was truly something to behold. Edge went overnight from being his usual Jerkass self to begging Vickie for forgiveness: "I can't live without your love!" But Vickie was so vindictive that she booked her would-be husband in a Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker. Edge was terrified, and desperately asked Mick Foley for advice on how to win the match. When Foley refused to help him, Edge snapped and smashed Foley through a table (after delivering the monumental, two-word "World of Cardboard" Speech described below). He had passed the Despair Event Horizon by this point and even lashed out at his own (adopted) family, vowing to Vickie that "I'm gonna drag you down to Hell with me!" And at the conclusion of the Hell in a Cell match, Edge actually was sent to Hell (or Chokeslammed through the ring mat and set on fire, to be precise). But of course, he proved three months later to be Not Quite Dead.
Determinator: In the ring and out of it. More than likely, his wrestling career should have ended at least seven years before it actually did. Something he mentioned in his retirement speech as, among other things, he's had lingering pain in his arms for years.
Deus ex Machina: The in the last several weeks of his feud with Dolph Ziggler/Vickie Guerrero, the stipulations to his Championship matches became steadily harder to work one's way out of. Consequently, the ends of the matches and the ways he was rescued from losing the title became more and more outlandish, including Kelly Kelly retaining his championship in a mixed tag-team match using the Spear (when Vickie Guerrero said that if Edge used the move, he would be disqualified and lose the title, and Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers signing a one-day referee contract to come in and count the pinfall after Vickie (who had set herself up as the guest referee) injured herself trying to spear Edge. Then, finally, when Vickie Guerrero actually stripped him of the title and fired him, he was rescued by Theodore Long (who was supposed to be in critical condition at a hospital) rehiring him and gave him an immediate title match against Ziggler, which he won. The worst part is that he was able to count being stripped of the title for about an hour and a half as a separate title reign, bolstering his resume and giving him eleven world title reigns instead of just ten.
Earn Your Happy Ending: His final match in the WWE was finally getting to walk out as World Champion at Wrestlemania. How many wrestlers - even the great ones - get to end their careers as Champion? Much less with any sort of dignity and grace like Edge did.
When Christian inducted him to the WWE Hall of Fame, he mentions Edge's goal in the business was to make enough money to buy his mom a house.
Face Heel Revolving Door: In 2010 he returned as a face for the first time in six years. He turned back heel after a couple of months because it didn't go down too well. Then by the latter part of the year he was a face again.
Foreshadowing: During Armageddon 2007, he told Vickie Guerrero that her love gave him the strength of "three men". Most people use the term "strength of twenty men", so where did the power of the other seventeen go? Turns out, this was the debut of the Edgeheads (Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder), who would interfere during his match.
The Spear. Occasionally (more so in his earlier days), The Edgecution (which seems to no longer be called by any specific name by WWE commentators nowadays) and before then, The Downward Spiral.
When Edge teamed with Christian, they developed a two-man chairshot maneuver they referred to as the "Con-chair-to".
Follow the Leader: Ever since he originally cashed in his Money In The Bank contract, by taking advantage of the champion already being tired from a previous match note John Cen had just survived the Elimination Chamber and retained his WWE Title, it's happened just about once a year since then. By now you're pretty safe calling the man with the briefcase the 'champion-in-waiting.' This was even noted by Michael Cole on the 7/22/11 Smackdown. There are two exception, Rob Van Dam, the very next briefcase holder after Edge - and whom Edge helped win said cash-in, actually stated when and where he wanted to cash it, and John Cena who also said when and where.note Unlike Van Dam, he failed to win the title, thanks to Big Show
Game-Breaking Injury: His neck injury which put him out of action for a year, pulled groin which caused him to vacated the IC title, injured his Achilles heel, which made Jericho choose The Big Show as his new partner.
Career-Ending Injury: His surgically-repaired broken neck caused him to retire on the 4/11/11 edition of Raw; due to risk of permanent paralysis, or worse death if he continued to wrestle.
Garbage Wrestler: While possessing sound psychology and a good deal of athleticism, what made Edge a star was his willingness to throw his body to the wind - the TLC matches with Christian and the hardcore matches with Mick Foley in particular.
Genre Throwback: His late 2000s run is very similar to the Attitude Era - law breaking, stupid pranks, faces acting like jackasses, held together by a massively charismatic star.
Glass Cannon: Edge is somewhat more injury-prone than the average worker, not to mention very aggressive and violent in his style, beating his opponent down, but not being too good on the defensive. And his finisher even involves a fast projectile (Himself, but still). This is now Harsher in Hindsight thanks to his retirement.
Goth: Hinted at when he premiered, then full-tilt as part of the Brood. It is notable that while the Brood gimmick is on the face of it rather silly, it is still fondly remembered by many fans on account of the members were charismatic enough to pull it off.
His last Face run was this - he lies, cheats, tortures, kidnaps, psychologically torments, and brutalizes people, but he's so gosh darned funny about it.
After seeing him get the fans on Smackdown 11.26.10 to cheer the prospect of him going from kidnapping Paul Bearer to sending Paul Bearer tumbling to his death along with possibly some hapless spectators in the way, can we also claim serious Values Dissonance on his Face run?
In this way he's actually quite different from Randy Orton (the Raw Superstar with whom he teamed up in late 2006/early 2007 and whose "sociopath" gimmick most closely mirrors his own). Orton seems to be a lot more methodical in his schemes while Edge is more fiendishly creative, coming off as more mischievous than bloodthirsty. Think of it as the difference between Heath Ledger's version of The Joker (Orton) and Jack Nicholson's version (Edge).
Heterosexual Life-Partners: He andChristian, who grew up as best friends in Canada, joined wrestling school at the same time, broke into the business together as the great tag-team "E&C", and as Edge puts it, been together for twenty-seven years.
In 2008, Edge got beaten down by Batista on Raw, then got beaten for the World Heavyweight Championship by a fresh CM Punk, who cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after the Batista beatdown (mirroring Edge's screwing over of John Cena in 2006 and The Undertaker in 2007).
Karma Houdini: He goes behind his friend's back and steals his girlfriend, and gets... rewarded by falling into the character that will make him a main event wrestler for years without ever experiencing the slightest negative repercussion? Yep.
To be fair, said character is a mostly-Heel Magnificent Bastard. Wait, that doesn't help…
Laser-Guided Karma: Edge lost the World Heavyweight Championship in the summer of 2008 due to a combination of this. After interrupting the farewell address of JR, who had been drafted to Smack Down, Edge began to taunt the fact that RAW no longer had a world champion (WWE Champion Triple H had just been drafted to Smack Down the week before), and claimed that he would never be seen on the show again and began to leave. Then, newly-drafted Batista, who Edge had screwed out of the title the night before at the Night of Champions PPV, would come out, beat the hell out of him, and then give him a Batista Bomb in the middle of the ring. Then CM Punk, the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match, would come out, and just like how Edge had done years before to John Cena and The Undertaker, cash in the briefcase, give him a GTS, and win his first world title (Punk would later become the second guy to cash in the briefcase twice - the first being Edge). Irony, thy name is Edge.
Large Ham: Edge can veer into this territory quite often in his promos.
"What the hell are you doing here, Jeff Hardy?! Didn't you die like three years ago?!"
Alter Bridge's "Metalingus". And before that, Rob Zombie's "Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)". Dude loves his metal.
Alter Bridge, the band behind his "Metalingus" theme, actually thanked him for his continued use of the theme in the sleeve notes for their Blackbird album & congratulated him on his career & wished him well after his retirement in 2011. Speaking of which....
Moral Dissonance: In late 2010, Edge feuded with Kane and kidnapped the man's father Paul Bearer, providing some mental torture for Kane and some low grade physical torture for Paul (including chucking things at his head and keeping him tied to a wheelchair for weeks) in the hopes of getting a title match for Kane's World Heavyweight Championship. Yet, Edge was the face in this feud. It started after he won a #1 contenders match to get one title shot, which resulted in a draw, and it continued even past using Paul as bait to get another one. Put this all in perspective: his weekly MO was to keep Paul hostage, promise to return Paul, only to have Kane hunting and chasing his location to no avail so he can tease some method of what would be Paul's murder - usually by bait-and-switching Paul with a dummy to kill off in his stead, but at one point at least actually asking the fans if he should commit said murderous act. And again: Edge was the face in this feud. Which means fans were being asked to support kidnapping, torture, and threat of murder. Week after week, at least twice a Smackdown. Even some Edgeheads felt a bit disillusioned by the dissonance.
During his time in the Brood, it's always stated that there was some history between the three members (specifically Gangrel's role with the two boys' lives, and why Edge decided to go back to him if they had history). Even after all this time, it's never come to light.
Gangrel has said that they were never really let in on what was supposed to be going on with their characters.
For both of them being top-tier superstars, Edge and Mysterio Jr have been paired together in quite a few tag-team matches recently, and seem to execute them well, to the point of having their own specialized maneuvers. Which is a case of Older than You Think as Edge teamed with Rey Mysterio back in 2002 as part of the fabled Smackdown Six, having actually won the Tag titles on one occasion.
He attended WrestleMania VI at the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) in Toronto in 1990, cheering for then-WWF Champion Hulk Hogan in a match against Ultimate Warrior. It was this match that inspired Adam Copeland to become a wrestler, along with his close friend Jason Reso (Christian), who was also in attendance.
Truth on two levels. Twelve years later, not only would he win his first WrestleMania singles match as the Show of Show returned to the SkyDome at WrestleMania X8, but he would win the WWE World Tag Team Championship with Hogan on a July 2002 episode of Smackdown.
Also, in one of his high school yearbooks, he was voted "Most Likely to Win the WWF Championship".
Red Baron: The "Rated R" Superstar and The Ultimate Opportunist.
Romance on the Set: Happened infamously with Lita. Subverted recently. He's romantically linked to Beth Phoenix as of late 2012, and the two were in WWE together for a few years but only started a relationship about a year after Edge retired.
In the weeks leading up to his Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker at SummerSlam 2008 (a match booked by Vickie Guerrero to punish him for hitting oncheating on her with their wedding planner), Edge started going crazy. He sent Mick Foley packing with a brutal assault, demolished every member of La Familia, and threatened to take The Undertaker, himself, and La Familia (including Vickie) down to Hell.
Edge: You wanna put me in a Hell in a Cell with The Undertaker like it's some form of punishment?!
His final feud with Alberto Del Rio hinted at pushing him over the edge a bit... and ended at Wrestlemania XXVII with a victorious Edge (and assisted by Christian) destroying one of Del Rio's prized cars.
Actually pulled one during a match - a triple threat match between himself, John Cena, and The Big Show during WrestleMania 25. Edge had Show in a sleeper hold (which naturally didn't go well for Edge, who got sandwiched in between the turnbuckle and Big Show's full weight. Cena, on the ground, gets up and gets Big Show up on his shoulders with Edge still on Show's back. Edge realizes after about a split second how this is going to end (with Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Show and Edge being on the bottom of the pile.) and bails immediately. Of course, John Cena hit him with the AA right after that, but at least Edge got to land on top of Big Show instead of the other way around.
Another during the 9/16/2011 episode of the Cutting Edge and being in the middle of a very volatile Randy Orton/Mark Henry conflict:
Edge: (as he's exiting the ring) Ooo-kay. Okay. This is... this is the part of the show where I remind you that Teddy Long said during the Cutting Edge there is no physical contact. Remember...remember that part? This is also the part of the show where I tell you the Cutting Edge is now officially over.
There are actually three categories of this for him.
For those cementing him and Christian as a first rate team, we have the ladder match against the Hardy Boyz at No Mercy 1999, and any and all triangle ladder and TLC matches against the Hardyz and the Dudley Boyz.
For those cementing him as a future singles star, we have his 2002 feud with Kurt Angle and one particularly amazing match on SmackDown against Eddie Guerrero.
For those cementing him as a bona fide main event player, we have cashing in the Money in the Bank on Cena in 2006, his Hardcore match at WrestleMania 22 with Mick Foley, and his feud(s) with The Undertaker and Batista in 2007-2008.
And let's make one thing perfectly clear. Those aren't even the whole list. Edge's career has basically been one giant level grind accentuated by star-making roles.
Traumatic Haircut: Averted. It almost happened at Judgment Day 2002. He was in a Hair vs Hair match against Kurt Angle and won - but Kurt attacked him from behind and tried to cut his hair. Edge got the upper hand and shaved Kurt's head bald. In the weeks leading up to the match, this did happen to him though Kurt only cut a couple of small chunks.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave an absolutely brutal one to Matt Hardy after the latter's disastrous 'car crash' promo. While Hardy's promo essentially killed off any chances of him getting a main event run, Edge's promo nailed the coffin shut and buried it under several tonnes of rock.
The Unfair Sex: Inverted. Many were quick to forgive him for his affair with Amy "Lita" Dumas, who ended having to retire when the stress of the intense heat she was getting became too much. What made it worse is that Edge has been married twice (And was married at the time), while Lita has never been married.
Edge (Adam Copeland) and Christian (Jason Reso) were initially referred to as brothers when in WWE during the time they were part of the Brood; this was dropped rather quickly.
The fact that they are childhood best friends and have several photos together as kids surely helped a lot. The fact that their birthdays are exactly one month apart (Edge born October 30th and Christian on November 30th, both 1973) does not help as much.
Unstoppable Rage: After being screwed by the unseen GM, Edge smashed his laptop.
Vampire Vannabe: He and Christian were arguably this as members of the Brood.
With Chris Jericho in 2009, due to SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long giving them a tag title match to appease their egos. Averted following an injury putting Edge out of action for the rest of the year.
Vocal Dissonance: Many people have noted that considering most of his career, his height, lean frame, and long blond hair combined to give him something of a pretty boy look, his very deep, gravelly voice was pretty surprising. It was joked that he might have accidentally switched voices with Chris Benoit, who had the opposite problem (he was very short and muscular and had a very high, soft voice.)
Weapon of Choice: The good ol' steel chair, and his Money in the Bank briefcase during his "Money in the Bank" run.
In his biography, Adam states he had a catch phrase for the Brood ("Beware, take care, cause the freaks come out at night"), which he even said once in an on-air interview…but then there was the three splitting up.
What the Hell, Hero?: Edge made a post-retirement appearance in 2012 to deliver an awesome one to his former in-ring nemesis John Cena, who was in a serious funk after losing to The Rock at Wrestlemania. Edge basically told him to stop feeling sorry for himself and move on with his career. It worked.