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History and Biography of Edge

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History and Biography of Edge

History and Biography of Edge

History and Biography of Edge

Ring name(s) Edge
Adam Impact
Damon Stryker
Adam Copeland
Sexton Hardcastle

Billed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)

Billed weight 113 kg (250 lb)

Born October 30, 1973 (1973-10-30) (age 35)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Resides Temple Terrace, Florida

Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Trained by Ron Hutchison
Sweet Daddy Siki
Bret and Stu Hart
Dory Funk, Jr.
Tom Prichard
Leo Burke

Debut July 1, 1992

Mini Biography:

– Copeland trained for a full year at Sully’s Gym in Toronto.
– Copeland made his ring debut in a tag match with the El Fuego Kid against Joe E. Legend (was Just Joe in the WWF) and Zakk Wylde on June 1, 1993.
– Copeland (Sexton Hardcastle) and Jay Reso (Christian Cage) formed a tag team called High Impact and later changed to the Suicide Blondz.
– In the summer of 1997, the duo wrestled in the Maritimes for Emile Dupre’s Atlantic Grand Prix promotion, and feuded with The Super Models, Rick Martel and The Jackyl (formerly Cyrus in ECW).
– In December 1997, the Suicide Blondz captured the ICW Streetfight Tag Team title.
– On May 3, 1998, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Copeland defeated Christian Cage.
– Edge made his WWF television debut on “Raw” on June 22, 1998 against Jose Estrada Jr.
– Edge was Sable’s (Rena Mero) mystery partner at the 1998 Summerslam. Edge and Sable defeated Marc Mero and Jacquelyn.
– Edge and Christian formed the Brood with Gangrel. The Brood eventually joined the Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness.
– The Brood defeated the JOB Squad at the 1998 Rock Bottom in Vancouver when Christian defeated Scorpio.
– After Edge and Christian left the Brood, Gangrel formed the New Brood with the Hardy Boyz.
– On July 24, 1999, Edge defeated Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title at the Sky Dome in Toronto.
– At the United Kingdom only pay-per-view Rebellion ’99, Edge and Christian defeated the Holly’s and the Acolytes in a three-way dance.
– Edge and Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz at No Way Out 2000 to earn a WWF World Tag Team title shot.
– At Wrestlemania 2000 in Anaheim, CA, Edge and Christian defeated the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz in a “ladder” match to capture the WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian defeated X-Pac and the Road Dogg Jesse James at Backlash.
– At the King of the Ring in Boston, MA, Edge and Christian over came Too Cool, T & A, and the Hardy Boyz in a four team elimination match to regain the WWF World Tag Team title.
– At Summerslam 2000, Edge and Christian successfully defended the WWF World Tag Team title against the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz in a thrilling TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) match.
– On the September 4, 2000 episode of “Raw,” Edge and Christian defeated The Rock and The Undertaker to retain the WWF Tag Team title.
– At No Mercy in Albany, NY, Edge and Christian (under the hoods of Los Conquistadors) defeated the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian captured their fourth WWF World Tag Team title at Armageddon. The Canadian duo won a four corners tag team championship match over RTC (Bull Buchanan and the Goodfather), the Road Dogg and K-Kwik, and the Dudley Boyz.
– One day after dropping the WWF World Tag Team title to The Rock and The Undertaker on “Raw,” Edge and Christian regained the title at the Smackdown tapings on December 19, 2001 in Charlotte, NC. Kurt Angle served as the special guest referee.
– On the March 19, 2001 episode of “Raw,” Edge and Christian used outside interference from Rhyno to defeat the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– At Wrestlemania XVII in Houston, TX, Edge and Christian won TLC II over the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz for their seventh WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian defeated Nova and Frankie Kazarian on April 25, 2001 at an UPW (Ultimate Pro Wrestling) show in Santa Ana, CA.
– At Insurrextion in London, England, Edge and Christian won a four team elimination match over the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz, and X-Factor.
– Edge defeated Rhyno in the semi-finals, and Angle in the finals to become the 2001 King of the Ring.
– At Invasion, Edge and Christian defeated Lance Storm and Mike Awesome.
– At Summerslam ’01, Edge pinned Storm for the Intercontinental title in San Jose, CA.
– Edge defeated Christian in a ladder match to regain the IC title at the No Mercy PPV in St. Louis, MO.
– At the Rebellion ’01 PPV in Manchester, England, Edge again defeated Christian.
– On the November 12, 2001 episode of “Raw” in Boston, MA, Edge pinned Angle to capture the WCW United States title.
– At the 2001 Survivor Series in Greensboro, NC, Edge defeated Test in an Intercontinental/U.S. title unification match.
– Edge defeated William Regal at the Vengeance PPV in San Diego, CA to successfully defend the Intercontinental title.
– At Wrestlemania X-8, Edge pinned Booker T.
– At Judgment Day ’02 in Nashville, TN, Edge defeated Angle in a hair v. hair match.
– At the July 2, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Boston, MA, Edge and Hulk Hogan defeated Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
– Edge defeated Eddy Guerrero at the 2002 Summerslam.
– At the November 5, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Manchester, NH, Edge and Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chris Benoit and Angle to capture the WWE Tag Team title.
– On March 10, 2003, Edge under went successful neck surgery in San Antonio, TX.
– Edge returned to WWE television on the March 22, 2004 edition of “Raw,” after being drafted by Eric Bischoff to join “Raw.”
– At Backlash ’04, Edge defeated Kane.
– On the April 19, 2004 edition of “Raw” in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Edge and Chris Benoit defeated Dave Batista and Ric Flair to claim the World Tag Team title.
– At Vengeance ’04 in Hartford, CT, Edge pinned Randy Orton to capture the Intercontinental title.
– At Summerslam ’04, Edge defeated Chris Jericho and Batista to successfully retain the Intercontinental title.
– On the September 6, 2004 edition of “Raw, Edge was stripped of the IC title by Eric Bischoff due to injury.
– At the 2005 Royal Rumble, Edge pinned Shawn Michaels.
– Edge won the “Money in the Bank” ladder match at Wrestlemania 21, overcoming Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian and Kane to gain the victory.
– At Backlash ’05, Edge defeated Chris Benoit in a “last man standing” match.
– Edge defeated Matt Hardy at the 2005 Summerslam when the referee stop the match due to blood.
– Despite losing to Ric Flair via DQ at New Year’s Revolution ’06 in Albany, NY, Edge cashed in his money in the bank title shot after Cena had survived the elimination chamber match. In under two minutes, Edge pinned Cena to capture the WWE title.
– At Wrestlemania 22, Edge defeated Mick Foley in a “hardcore” match.
– At One Night Stand ’06, Edge, Foley and Lita defeated Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk and Beulah.
– Edge defeated Rob Van Dam and Cena in a triple threat no-DQ match on the July 3, 2006 edition of “Raw” in Philadelphia, PA to regain the WWE title.
– Edge defeated Cena at the 2006 Summerslam PPV to retain the WWE championship.
– At Cyber Sunday ’06, Edge and Randy Orton defeated DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels). Eric Bischoff served as the special guest referee.
– At the November 13, 2006 Raw/ECW tapings in Manchester, England, Edge and Randy Orton defeated Roddy Piper and Ric Flair to capture the World Tag Team titles.
– Edge defeated Mr. Kennedy on the May 7, 2007 edition of “Raw” and captured Mr. Kennedy’s Money in the Bank briefcase.
– At the May 8, 2007 Smackdown taping in Pittsburgh, PA, Edge cashed in on his money in the bank title shot during The Undertaker-Batista cage match, and captured the World Heavyweight title.
– Edge defeated Batista at Judgment Day ’07 to retain the World Heavyweight title.
– At One Night Stand ’07, Edge defeated Batista in a steel cage match to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– Edge returned from an injury at the 2007 Survivor Series, and attacked The Undertaker during the Hell in the Cell match involving the “dead man” and Batista.
– Edge defeated Batista and The Undertaker at Armageddon ’07 in Pittsburgh, PA, to regain the World Heavyweight title.
– At Royal Rumble ’08, Edge defeated Rey Mysterio to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– Edge successfully defended the World title against an injured Rey Mysterio Jr. at No Way Out ’08.
– Edge defeated The Undertaker at One Night Stand ’08 in San Diego, CA in a TLC match to capture the vacant World Heavyweight title, and end the career of the “Dead man.”
– At Night of Champions in Dallas, TX, Edge defeated Batista, thanks to a belt shot to the head, to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– At the 2008 Survivor Series, Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero added the returning Edge to the Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov WWE title match in Boston, MA, and speared Hunter to win the WWE championship.
– Edge defeated Jeff Hardy to regain the WWE championship at the 2009 Royal Rumble in Detroit, MI. In the end, Matt Hardy turned against his brother.
– At No Way Out ’09, Edge lost the WWE title in the Smackdown elimination chamber. Later in the night, he attacked Kofi Kingston and steal his spot in the Raw elimination chamber match. Edge out lasted John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox and Kane to win the World Heavyweight title.
– At Backlash ’09 in Providence, RI, Edge defeated John Cena in a “last man standing” match to capture the World Heavyweight title.


The Edge was born David Howell Evans, in Barking, Essex in 1961. When he was 2 the family moved to Dublin. During his childhood he learnt how to play the guitar and the piano. In 1978 the Edge became the guitarist and keyboardist of U2. The Edge is still in the group, who have conquered the world for nearly 30 years. 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 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 Titles on 7 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 Titles with both Hulk Hogan & Rey Mysterio. In 2003, Edge needed neck surgery and was off for a year.

RAW Star:
In March 2004, Edge was drafted by RAW. In June, he became World Tag Team Champ with the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit. In July, he became Intercontinental Champion by beating Randy Orton. He feuded with Evolution and Chris Jericho. In 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 champ 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.

WWE Champion (2006)
Edge and Flair formally met at New Year’s Revolution in 2006 in a match for Flair’s Intercontinental Championship where Edge was disqualified. Later that night, following the main event Elimination Chamber match, Vince McMahon appeared on stage and declared that John Cena would defend the WWE Championship he’d just retained. An already bloodied and fatigued Cena was forced into a match against Edge, who decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at that moment. Edge defeated Cena in less than two minutes after two spears to become WWE Champion for the first time. In an interview conducted after New Year’s Revolution on WWE.com, Edge announced that he and Lita would have “hot, nasty, sex” in the middle of the ring on Raw the next night to celebrate his victory. On Raw, Edge held up to that promise by engaging in foreplay with Lita until they were interrupted by Ric Flair, who called Edge a disgrace and “dead in the bed”. Flair, however, ended up on the receiving end of a con-chair-to on the announcers’ table until John Cena came out to rescue Flair and deliver an FU to a half-naked Lita much to the surprise of Edge. The “Live Sex Celebration” segment earned Raw a 5.2 rating, the highest Raw rating in over a year, leading Edge to call himself the “most-watched WWE Champion in the last 5 years”.

Three weeks later, at the Royal Rumble, Edge lost the WWE Championship back to Cena. He then lost a return match on a special Thursday edition of Raw held in February. Edge blamed special guest referee Mick Foley for his loss, claiming biased officiating and attacked him. At Saturday Night’s Main Event, Foley got revenge on Edge by assaulting him with a Con-chair-to. They feuded until WrestleMania 22 in April, where Edge defeated Foley in a Hardcore match by spearing him through a flaming table, but suffered second degree burns.

Edge used his victory over Foley to once again challenge John Cena for his WWE Championship. Triple H was involved in a feud with Cena at the time, resulting in a Triple Threat match at Backlash, where Cena pinned Triple H to retain the title. After Backlash, Edge continued his feud with Mick Foley as they entered a Triple Threat Hardcore Match. Foley, however, immediately attacked friend Tommy Dreamer with Edge’s assistance. Edge and Mick Foley then proclaimed that, because of their brutal match at WrestleMania, they were the true Hardcore Champions. At One Night Stand, Edge, Foley, and Lita defeated Dreamer, Terry Funk, and Beulah McGillicutty in an “Extreme Rules” tag team match. Edge later interfered in a WWE Title match between champion John Cena and challenger Rob Van Dam, helping Van Dam win the title. Edge was unable to win the title at Vengeance.

Two weeks later on Raw, Edge pinned Van Dam in a Triple Threat No Disqualification Match, after blindsiding Cena with the title belt, to become WWE Champion for the second time. The match marked the first time the WWE Championship changed hands on Raw since October 8, 2001. This re-ignited his feud with Cena, and Edge lost by disqualification at Saturday Night’s Main Event in order to retain his title. As a result of these tactics, Cena snapped and FU’ed him through the ECW announcers’ table. Subsequently, a match was made for SummerSlam with the stipulation that if Edge was disqualified, he would not only lose the match, but also his title. At SummerSlam, Edge retained his title by pinning Cena after he hit him in the back of the head with brass knuckles while Lita distracted the referee. The following night on Raw, Lita threw Cena’s customized “spinner” belt into the Long Island Sound at Edge’s command, who declared it the end of the “Cena era” in his life. Edge later unveiled the new “Rated R” version of the belt. Cena, however, interfered in Edge’s match later that night, chased him down to the outside of the building, beat him down, and tossed him into the polluted Long Island Sound himself. The next week, Cena made a deal with Edge: if Edge could defeat him in a match for the WWE Championship, he would sign a contract to move to SmackDown!. Edge agreed, on the condition the match be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC) held at September’s Unforgiven in Edge’s home town of Toronto. At the event, he lost the championship after Cena performed the FU on him, sending Edge crashing through two stacked tables from a ladder. At one point during the match, Cena locked in an STFU on Edge, who later said he was legitimately choked unconscious, the first time he had been knocked out in a match during his career.

Rated-RKO (2006–2007)
On the October 2, 2006 episode of Raw, interference from D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) cost Edge his “final chance” at Cena’s WWE Championship in a Steel cage match, though their interference was a response to the interference of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. The following week on Raw, Edge used an edition of The Cutting Edge to join forces with Randy Orton to form Rated-RKO (although they did not use this name until several weeks later) and began a feud against DX. Edge cited Orton’s lack of success after being kicked out of Evolution by Triple H and DX’s “stale” antics “taking up TV time” as reasons to join forces. The duo succeeded early in defeating DX at Cyber Sunday due to the vote-in guest referee Eric Bischoff favoring Rated-RKO. The pair then won the World Tag Team Championship from Ric Flair and Roddy Piper on the November 13, 2006 Raw, making Edge a record holder of 11 World Tag Team Championship title reigns in his WWE career. The success halted at Survivor Series when Team Rated-RKO was defeated by Team DX in a clean sweep of 5–0. The feud with DX continued at New Year’s Revolution where Edge and Orton were battered by DX to end the match in a no contest. Edge and Orton, however, claimed victory on the grounds that Triple H legitimately tore his right quadriceps in the match. To Edge and Orton, this marked the end of DX. Shawn Michaels vowed to deal with Rated-RKO, and the next week on Raw he took out Orton with a con-chair-to while Edge looked on from the entrance ramp. On the January 29, 2007 edition of Raw, Rated-RKO lost the World Tag Team Championship to Michaels and John Cena.

In early February, Edge beat Rob Van Dam to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match, but suffered a legitimate broken jaw in the process. He remained on TV but avoided physical confrontations until WrestleMania 23. Meanwhile, his tag partner Orton also qualified for the Money in the bank match, which led to dissent between them. He failed to win at WrestleMania after Jeff Hardy removed them both from the match by performing a nearly 20-foot leg drop off a ladder onto Edge. He then entered a feud, along with former partner Orton, with John Cena and Shawn Michaels. All four men were aiming for the WWE Championship, and at Backlash they competed in a Fatal Four-Way match in which Cena successfully defended his title.

Love Leads to More Championship Gold:
Edge started a relationship with SmackDown GM that allowed him to gain an unfair advantage to continue winning championship gold. In the summer of 2008, the two got married. Edge has continued to win world championships in a cowardly fashion to live up to his nickname of “The Ultimate Opportunist”.

Personal life

Copeland used to play hockey with current Detroit Red Wing Aaron Downey. He is a New Jersey Devils fan. As a teenager, Copeland (along with his friend Jason Reso) attended WrestleMania VI sitting in the eleventh row at ringside. He was cheering on WWF Champion Hulk Hogan against The Ultimate Warrior, and he credits this match with making him realize he wanted to be a wrestler. Twelve years later Copeland returned to SkyDome as a competitor at WrestleMania X8

Copeland has been married two times. He was originally married to Alanah Morley on November 8, 2001, the sister of Val Venis, but they divorced after three years on March 10, 2004. He was then married to Lisa Ortiz on October 21, 2004, but they soon divorced on November 17, 2005.

His autobiography, titled Adam Copeland On Edge, was published on November 4, 2004. Unlike most wrestlers who used ‘ghost writers’ to write their autobiographies, Copeland wrote the entire book himself. Mick Foley wrote the foreword to his book. Copeland does not smoke. He claims he had his first cigarette when he was sixteen, hated it, and has not smoked since. Copeland has several tattoos. He has a tattoo of a red and black sun on his left upper biceps (which covers a tattoo of a muscular shark which resembled the Street Sharks), a star on his right upper biceps with several smaller stars below it, two skulls wearing bandannas, adorned with flowers and hearts, below said star tattoo, along with a tattoo of a cross on his left forearm, and another tattoo of a scroll like piece of paper that adorns the words Rise Above. Adam has also got a tattoo of a maple leaf on his foot. All of Copeland’s tattoos represent a stage in his career: his sun, which Copeland got while recovering from his neck injury, represents “looking towards brighter days.” The cross tattoo represents his time with the Brood, and his star and skull tattoos represent his Rated R Superstar persona and his self-proclaimed status as the “Guns ‘N Roses of wrestling”.

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