Guest Author - Vance Rowe
Professional wrestler, Edge was born in Canada in October of 1973 under the name of Adam Joseph Copeland. Edge is with the WWE and joined the company in 1998. In his short eleven years with the company, Edge is probably the most decorated and controversial superstar in the organization, if not in all of professional wrestling. He has held almost every title the WWE has, at least one time and has held most at least four times and that includes five World Heavyweight Championships and eleven World Tag Team Titles with one of them being with Hulk Hogan, one of his childhood idols.
Edge started out as a storyline character that walked through the crowd with a blank look on his face on his way to the ring. He was eventually involved in a feud against a ”vampire” named Gangrel. Gangrel eventually introduced Jason Reso, Christian, as his tag team partner. Edge and Christian were storyline brothers by then in the WWE. Although they are not brothers in real life, Edge and Christian are childhood friends in real life. Edge feuded with them both for awhile until he joined them and they formed “The Brood”. They eventually found themselves in a feud with the Undertaker’s ”Ministry of Darkness”. They eventually joined the Ministry but were ousted when Christian gave up the whereabouts of Stephanie McMahon to Ken Shamrock after Shamrock attacked him and forced Christian to tell him. The Undertaker was involved in a storyline feud with Vince McMahon and kidnapped Stephanie so he could marry her against her will in what certainly would have been an “unholy ceremony”. The Undertaker ordered the Brood to beat up Christian for giving away the location. Gangrel and Edge refused and the Brood left the Ministry of Darkness. They then began a feud with Matt and Jeff, the Hardy Boyz. Eventually, Gangrel would turn on Edge and Christian and join the Hardy Boyz. Edge and Christian won their first tag team titles in the first ever TLC Match against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudleys.
Edge would also eventually become one of the most controversial superstars in the WWE as well. He would become to be known as the ”Ultimate Opportunist” as he took advantage of unfair advantages to win his titles. One unfair advantage was his storyline romance with then Smackdown GM Vicki Guerrero, the wife of the late Eddie Guerrero. Edge is definitely the consummate heel wrestler and draws more heat than any other heel wrestler in the history of the company.
Outside of the ring, Edge has appeared on the big screen as well as several guest spots on television shows. In the movie Highlander: End Game, Edge’s character was involved in a sword fight with Adrian Paul and after he defeated Edge in the battle, Paul says: It looks like you lost your edge, Mate. He has appeared on the television game shows Deal or No Deal and The Weakest Link as well as the television show MADtv .
As mentioned before, Edge has been in the WWE for eleven years and has held more titles than just about everyone in the history of the WWE and is easily the most controversial. He has another good ten years of wrestling in him, barring any unforeseen accidents or injuries. Edge is destined for greatness and by the time it is all said and done, he will have left an unmatched legacy and an indelible mark in professional wrestling.