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Adam Copeland, born October 30, 1973, is a Canadian actor and a former professional wrestler in the WWE under the name Edge. He was among their top talents, and has many championship titles to his name: 4x WWE Champion, 7x World Heavyweight Champion, 5x Intercontinental Champion, WCW United States Champion, 12x World Tag Team Champion (7x with Christian, twice with Chris Benoit, once with Hulk Hogan, once with Randy Orton, and once with Chris Jericho), and 2x WWE Tag Team Champion (once with Rey Mysterio Jr and once with Chris Jericho.) He also won King of the Ring in 2001, the Royal Rumble in 2010, and Money in the Bank in 2005. (He also won the Money in the Bank briefcase from Mr Kennedy in 2007.)Edge gained notoriety in the WWE first as member of The Brood, along with Gangrel and Christian. Edge and Christian became one of the tag-team division's mainstays. In the latter half of the Attitude Era, he and Christian engaged in long-running feuds with the Dudley Boys and the Hardy Boyz; these feuds included several now-legendary Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches. Edge eventually found singles success, especially after his victory in the first Money in the Bank Ladder Match, which brought him into the main event scene after he used the contract to win the WWE Championship from John Cena. He became known as the "Rated-R Superstar" after his real-life affair with WWE Diva Litabecame a part of his on-screen persona. He was also nicknamed "The Ultimate Opportunist" due to his penchant for using any available means to steal title victories from his opponents.His career ended in April 2011 following a successful defense of the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 27. In a surprise announcement on the following night's Raw, Edge revealed that a previous neck surgery had led to his spine deteriorating; he risked being paralyzed or killed if he continued to perform in the ring. Rather than risk his health, Edge retired from in-ring competition. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on January 9th, 2012.He currently plays a recurring character on SyFy's Haven and guest-stars 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
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Angrish: What he veered into when he was confronted by Daniel Bryan and Kane who did they usual "I am the the Tag Team Champions!" shtick.
Badass Longcoat: sometimes more of a torso exposing jacket but frequently used some for of this as his entrance attire
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.
In WrestleMania 21, in the first Money in the Bank ladder match, he and Christian did a Conchairto with ladders on Kane.
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.
Eviler Than Thou: When he and Lita interrupted a women's title match in order for Edge to voice his complaints about not getting enough attention and to get at Trish Stratus, who besides getting a title shot was also in a personal feud with the champion who was not amused by their intrusion. But the ultimate opportunist would not be denied.
Evil Power Vacuum: Edge's retirement literally could not have come at a worse time. The main event scene was severely depleted by that point, with Shawn Michaels having retired the year before, Triple H and The Undertaker semi-retired (the latter being mainly relegated to WrestleMania appearances), and Rey Mysterio embroiled in a highly entertaining feud with Cody Rhodes. The WWE was so reliant on him to carry SmackDown! that they bumped up the draft six weeks early just so they could move Randy Orton to take his place as the top babyface. The vacuum was then gradually filled by younger talent, while his place on the main event scene was taken by CM Punk, who ascended to superstardom during the "Summer of Punk II" of that year. Edge's retirement served as a lesson as to why it's so important for companies to build up younger talent. Not doing so risks not having a big enough name to make decent, money-making feuds with.
"What are you doing, Edge? You're giving me the crazy eyes!"
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 paralysis or death if he continued to wrestle.
Garbage Wrestler: While handsome and athletic with good ring skills, 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.
Oh, Crap: Had this reaction when Vickie informed him she had reinstated The Undertakerand booked Edge as his opponent at SummerSlam. The final icing on the cake was that it was a Hell in a Cell match.
The Edge / Matt Hardy / Lita Love Triangle in 2005. And the ironic thing was that Edge was the Hardys' real-life friends.
While Matt was gone from WWE, Lita and Kane were (kayfabe) married for a while; eventually, Kane found out that Lita was cheating on him...with Edge.
The main reason Edge had to retire: doctor's orders due to injuries suffered over the years.
Recognizable By Sound: One time during an Edge vs Matt Hardy feud, Hardy's entrance music played while Edge was in the ring, causing Edge to panic and the audience to erupt - but then Edge started laughing. Hardy wasn't there, it was just Edge trolling the audience.
Red Baron: The "Rated R" Superstar and The Ultimate Opportunist.
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.
Did this to the "RAW GM's" laptop one night on RAW. And it was hilarious, especially with the computer's slowly dawning Oh, Crap reaction.
"What are you doing, Edge? You're giving me the crazy eyes..."
Took a Level in Badass: From somewhat successful loner to tag team specialist and eventually to being a world champion on multiple occasions.
Took a Level in Jerkass: When he became that tag team specialist alongside Christian and again when he became a fixture in the world title picture. First by taunting the audience and later by, well he put Lita in match with John Cena to put off facing John himself.
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 referred his time in the Brood as being a "pseudo vampire". Arguably, Christian was as well.
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.
Villainous Breakdown: After losing the World Heavyweight Title to CM Punk in the summer of 2008, Edge proceeded to have a very bad summer. He first broke up with Vickie, then they got back together. Then, during the wedding reception, Triple H revealed that Edge had cheated on Vickie. Vickie, understandably angry, was infuriated enough to reinstate The Undertaker and forced Edge into a Hell In a Cell match against him at SummerSlam. That was the last straw, Edge become extremely unhinged, before losing 'Taker and being sent to hell for three months.
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 short, muscular and intimidating-looking but 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.
WHAM Line: April 11, 2011 episode of RAW: "I have to retire."
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.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After he was placed in a Hell in a Cell Match with The Undertaker in which he believed he would surely die. Resigned to the fact that he was going to Hell, he decided to make a living Hell for those who had double-crossed him or wouldn't help him before he went.
Later pays it forward to a despondent John Cena who just suffered a brutal loss to the Rock at Wrestlemania, two back-to-back beatings at the hands of Brock Lesnar and a loss against Lord Tensai.
Wrestling Family: Kayfabe, with "La Familia" during 2008, following his "marriage" to then-SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Edge did this to John Cena and The Undertaker with Money in the Bank contracts. It was sort of melded into his gimmick, and it's a testament to how versatile and charismatic Edge was. He was a victim of it with CM Punk in 2008, and very likely would've also been in 2009 had he beaten Jeff Hardy the night Punk cashed in.