Edge Biography

Edge in 2008
Edge is outside the ring as he battles Batista in 2008. Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

Intro

Edge (real name Adam Copeland) was born on October 30, 1973, in Ontario, Canada.  A winning essay got him free wrestling lessons that led to professional wrestling debut in 1993.  While on the indy scene wrestling as Sexton Hardcastle, he teamed with Christian.  Edge debuted in the WWE in 1998 as a loner that would enter the ring through the crowd.

The Brood

While feuding with Gangrel, his "brother" Christian debuted at the side of Gangrel.

  Edge eventually joined the Brood which was led by Gangrel.  The Brood then became part of the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness which later merged into the Corporate Ministry.  Edge & Christian left the Brood and Gangrel in 1999 and went on to become the most successful team in WWE history.

Edge & Christian

As partners they won the World Tag Team Championship on seven different occasions. Their 3-way feud with the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz was a classic as were the TLC matches they had against those teams.  By 2001, the two men became goofballs that would allow fans 5 seconds of flash photography among other zany antics.  In 2001, Edge won the King of the Ring tournament and that set in motion the undoing of this team.

SmackDown Superstar

In the original draft, Edge was taken number 6 by SmackDown. While there, he feuded with Kurt Angle and won the WWE Tag Team Championship with both Hulk Hogan & Rey Mysterio.

  In 2003, Edge needed neck surgery and was off for a year.

RAW Superstar

In March 2004, Edge was drafted by RAW.  In June, he became World Tag Team Champion with the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit.  The following month, he became Intercontinental Champion by beating Randy Orton.  He went onto feud with Evolution and Chris Jericho.

  That September, he suffered a groin injury and missed a month of action. When he returned, he asked the fans to vote for him to fight Triple H in the main event of Taboo Tuesday.

World Title or Nothing

By fan vote, he and Benoit were to wrestle for the tag team titles at Taboo Tuesday.  He walked out on his partner who would go on to win the belts. The Edge vs Benoit feud culminated in a 3-way match with Triple H for the World Title which resulted in the title being declared vacant. Around this time, Edge’s autobiography was released.

Matt Hardy & Kane

Edge started 2005 off feuding with Shawn Michaels.  At WrestleMania 21, he won a Money in the Bank Ladder Match which entitled him to wrestle for any championship whenever he wanted to within a year. A few months later, reality and wrestling story lines collided as he started going out with Matt Hardy’s girlfriend Lita.  This led to a feud between the men and a feud with Kane who was “married” to Lita at the time.

Cashing in the Money in the Bank Twice

At New Year’s Revolution 2006, he cashed in his title shot after John Cena survived an Elimination Chamber Match. He easily beat the worn out champion to win his first world title.  He lost the belt a few weeks later at The Royal Rumble.

  A few months later he won the title from Rob Van Dam but lost it back to John Cena.  In May 2007, he won the Money in the Bank title shot from Mr. Kennedy and used it to easily beat the Undertaker the following night after the Undertaker fought in a steel cage match against Batista and was beaten up after the match by Mark Henry.

Love Leads to More Championship Gold and Problems

Edge started a relationship with SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero that allowed him to gain an unfair advantage to continue winning championship gold. In the summer of 2008, the two got married. The marriage didn't last for long and Edge would eventually find himself on the other side of Vickie Guerrero's wrath. Over the next few years, he would win and lose the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship on several occasions.

  In 2011, he beat Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. That turned out to be his final wrestling match before he was forced to retire due to medical issues stemming from the neck surgery he had a few years earlier.

Retirement

Edge, who had won a world championship on eleven different occasions, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a year after he retired.  He went onto have a recurring role on the television show Haven and in 2013 had a daughter with former WWE Diva Beth Phoenix.

WWE Title Victory History

World Heavyweight Champion

  • 5/8/07 SmackDown - The Undertaker
  • 12/16/07 Armageddon - beat Champion Batista & The Undertaker in a No DQ Match
  • 6/1/08 One Night Stand - beat the Undertaker in a TLC Match to win the vacant title
  • 2/15/09 No Way Out - beat Champion John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox, and Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match
  • 4/26/09 Backlash - beat John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match
  • 12/19/10 TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs - beat Champion Kane, Rey Mysterio, & Alberto Del Rio in a TLC Match
  • 2/18/11 SmackDown - beat Dolph Ziggler

WWE Champion

  • 1/8/06 New Year’s Revolution – John Cena
  • 7/3/06 RAW - beat champ Rob Van Dam & John Cena
  • 11/23/08 Survivor Series - beat Champ Triple H & Vladimir Kozlov
  • 1/25/09 Royal Rumble - beat Jeff Hardy

Intercontinental Champion

  • 7/24/99 – Jeff Jarrett
  • 8/19/01 SummerSlam – Lance Storm
  • 10/21/01 No Mercy – Christian in a ladder match
  • 11/18/01 Survivor Series – Test
  • 7/11/04 – Randy Orton

U.S. Champion

  • 11/12/01 – Kurt Angle

World Tag Team Champion

  • 4/2/00 WrestleMania – with Christian beat Champs the Dudley Boys & the Hardy Boyz in a ladder match
  • 6/5/00 – w/Christian beat Champs Too Cool, Test & Albert, and the Hardy Boyz
  • 10/22/00 No Mercy – w/Christian beat the Hardy Boyz while dressed as the Conquistadors
  • 12/10/00 Armageddon – w/Christian beat Champions the Goodfather & Bull Buchanan, the Dudley Boyz, and the Road Dogg & K-Kwik
  • 12/21/00 –w/Christian beat the Rock & the Undertaker
  • 3/19/01 – w/Christian beat the Hardy Boyz
  • 4/1/01 WrestleMania – w/Christian beat Champs the Dudley Boyz & the Hardy Boyz in a TLC match
  • 7/4/02 – w/Hulk Hogan beat Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo
  • 4/19/04 – w/Chris Benoit beat Ric Flair & Batista
  • 10/19/04 Taboo Tuesday – w/Chris Benoit beat Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier
  • 11/13/06 -w/Randy Orton beat Ric Flair & Roddy Piper

WWE Tag Team Champion

  • 11/7/02 – w/Rey Mysterio beat Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit

WWE Unified Tag Team Champion

  • 6/28/09 The Bash - w/Chris Jericho beat Champions Carlito & Primo Colon and Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes

(Sources: Adam Copeland on Edge, PWI Almanac & Onlineworldofwrestling.com)