Adam Copeland

Adam Copeland

Infobox Wrestler
name=Adam Copeland
names=Adam Copeland
Adam Impact [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.55)]
Damon Stryker
Adam Copeland [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-08-27|title=Christian Cage bio at SLAM|publisher=SLAM sports] Sexton Hardcastle [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.74)]

height= height|m=1.96
weight= convert|112|kg|lb st|abbr=on
birth_date=birth date and age|1973|10|30
birth_place=Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
resides=Temple Terrace, Florida
billed=Toronto, Ontario, Canada
trainer=Ron Hutchison
Sweet Daddy Siki
Bret and Stu Hart
Dory Funk, Jr.
Tom Prichard
Leo Burke
debut= July 1, 1992 [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.51)]

Adam Joseph Copelandcite web|url=|title=IGN: Edge (WWE) Biography|accessdate=2008-01-01|publisher=IGN] (born October 30, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.16)] ) better known by his ring name Edge, is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he performs on its SmackDown! brand, although he is currently taking time off due to injury.

Copeland initially rose through the ranks as one half of the tag team Edge and Christian, alongside his real-life childhood friend and storyline brother Christian. He is noted for being one of the most decorated tag team champions in wrestling history, winning a record 12 tag team titles in WWE.cite web|url=|title=Edge's Title History|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2007-12-17]

Copeland is a five-time world champion, having won the WWE Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times. [cite web|url=|title=W.W.W.F./W.W.F./W.W.E. World Heavyweight Title|accessdate=2007-10-04|] cite web|url=|title=Edge's first World Heavyweight title reign|accessdate=2007-10-04|] In addition, he won the 2001 King of the Ring and the 2005 Money in the Bank ladder match.cite web|url=|title=Edge's WWE title history|accessdate=2007-11-09|] [cite web|url=|title=WrestleMania 21 Results|accessdate=2007-11-10|publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

Aside from professional wrestling, Copeland has appeared in "" and made guest appearances in television shows, including "The Weakest Link", "Deal or No Deal", "MADtv", and "Mind of Mencia".

Early career

He began watching wrestling at a young age. His favorite wrestlers included Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig), Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea), Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood), Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) and Bret Hart, all of whom he admired. [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland on Edge (p.129)]

Adam won an essay contest in which he would have the opportunity to be trained by Sweet Daddy Siki (Reginald Siki) and Ron Hutchinson. [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland on Edge (p.47)] Throughout the 1990s, Copeland wrestled on the independent circuit in Ontario and the Great Lakes region of the United States under the name Sexton Hardcastle. He became a part of the tag team Sex and Violence with Joe Legend (Joe Hitchen). During 1997, Sex and Violence became part of a larger stable known as Thug Life, made up of Legend, Hardcastle, childhood friend Christian (Jason Reso), "Bloody" Bill Skullion, and Rhino Richards (Terry Gerin). During his independent career, he won the SSW Tag Title and the ICW Street Fight Tag Title twice with Christian, in addition to his reign as ICW/MWCW Midwest Unified Tag Title holder alongside Joe.

The duo of Copeland and Cage was known as Hard Impact before changing their name to The Suicide Blondes. In 1996, the duo worked in Japan under the name the Canadian Rockers. [cite web|url=|author=Adam Copeland|title=Blog from the last Japan trip|accessdate=2007-03-21|date=2006-11-08] Copeland also once wrestled under the name Damon Striker (although Edge writes it as Damien Stryker in his book) on an edition of "WCW Pro" against Meng (Tonga Fifita) and Kevin Sullivan. In his autobiography, Copeland states that it was his worst ring name to date. [cite book|last= Copeland|first=Adam|title=Adam Copeland on Edge|publisher=WWE Books|month=November | year=2004|pages=75|quote=I wrestled as Damien Stryker (my worst moniker to date) against Meng and Kevin Sullivan.]

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

Early years (1998-2000)

In 1998, Copeland was signed by the World Wrestling Federation and made his television debut on the June 22 episode of "Raw Is War" as Edge, a loner character who entered the arena through the crowd for his matches. [cite web|url=|title=Raw is War - June 22, 1998|accessdate=2008-05-25|date=1998-06-22|publisher=The Other Arena] His character's persona included him walking around the city streets aimlessly and beating up innocent pedestrians. His first televised match was against Jose Estrada, Jr., which ended prematurely by countout when Edge performed a somersault senton from the ring to the outside, legitimately injuring Estrada's neck. [cite web|url=|title=WWF RAW is WAR recap|accessdate=2007-03-21|date=1998-06-22|publisher=Slash]

In his first pay-per-view match, SummerSlam 1998, he served as Sable's (Rena Mero) mystery tag team partner against Jacqueline (Jacqueline Moore) and Marc Mero, and bodyslammed Sable onto Mero in a pinning position to pick up the win. [cite web|first=John|last=Powell|url=|title=Ladder match dominates SummerSlam|accessdate=2008-05-25|date=1998-08-31|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports]

Edge captured his first singles championship on July 24, 1999, defeating Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Title at a house show in Toronto Ontario.cite web|url=|title=Fully Loaded 1999 Results|quote=Jeff Jarrett was the challenger in the match, because Edge won the Intercontinental Title the previous night from Jarrett at a house show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada|accessdate=2008-05-25|date=1999-07-25|publisher=The Other Arena] He would lose the belt the next night to Jarrett at the Fully Loaded event in July.

Edge was then placed into a feud against the vampire wrestler Gangrel (David Heath). During the feud, Gangrel introduced Christian, Edge's kayfabe brother, as his ally. Eventually, Gangrel and Christian convinced Edge to join them, and the three of them formed a stable known as The Brood. The Brood as a whole was later abducted by and converted into The Undertaker's (Mark Callaway) Ministry of Darkness. In May 1999, the Brood broke away from The Ministry after Christian was attacked by Ken Shamrock and forced to reveal the location of the captive Stephanie McMahon. The Undertaker chose to have Christian punished for his trespass, but Edge and Gangrel stood by him and turned against The Undertaker.

Edge and Christian (2000-2001)

Following a short feud with the Ministry, they began a feud with The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy). Soon, however, Gangrel turned on Edge and Christian and formed The New Brood with their enemies, The Hardy Boyz. Even after the New Brood split, Edge & Christian continued to feud with The Hardy Boyz. The two teams competed in a tag team ladder match at the 1999 No Mercy pay-per-view for the "managerial services" of Terri Runnels and $100,000, which the Hardy Boyz won. [cite news|title=2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts|work=Wrestling’s historical cards|publisher=Kappa Publishing|year=2007|pages=104] On April 2 at WrestleMania 2000, Edge and Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz to win their first WWF Tag Team Title in a triple threat Ladder match which birthed the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. [cite news|title=2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts| work=Wrestling’s historical cards|publisher=Kappa Publishing|year=2007|pages=105]

Following this victory, Edge and Christian found success as a heel duo, shifting their gimmick from borderline goth to a comedic pair of "cool dudes", winning the WWF Tag Team Title six more times (for a total of seven). During this time, their trademark became the "five second pose" where they performed a pose in the ring for five seconds "for the benefit of those with flash photography" to mock, insult, or otherwise amuse the fans. They also competed as a team in the first three Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches, winning the first two over The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz, at SummerSlam 2000 and then again at WrestleMania X-Seven. [cite news |title=2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts|work=Wrestling’s historical cards|publisher=Kappa Publishing|year=2007|pages= 106] cite news|title=2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts|work=Wrestling’s historical cards| publisher=Kappa Publishing|year=2007|pages=107]

At the 2001 Royal Rumble Edge and Christian were defeated by the Dudley Boyz and lost the World Tag Team title. They unsuccessfully attempted to regain their tag team title at No Way Out against the Dudley Boyz and the Brothers of Destruction, but they succeeded at WrestleMania X-Seven against the Dudley Boyz and The Hardyz in the second Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.

ingles star (2001-2003)

Edge went on to solidify himself as an emerging singles star by winning the 2001 King of the Ring tournament. [cite web|url=|title=King of the Ring 2001 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|] Edge eventually became a face during the Invasion storyline. Christian turned on Edge shortly afterward, and the two feuded over Edge's Intercontinental Championship that Edge won the month before at SummerSlam, which Edge lost to him [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge (p.188)] and won right back. [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge (p.189)] Then, Edge lost the Intercontinental Title to Test [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge (p.191)] and shortly afterward won the WCW United States Championship from Kurt Angle. Edge defeated Test at Survivor Series to unify the Intercontinental Championship with the U.S. Championship. [cite web|url=|title=Survivor Series 2001 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|]

Throughout the winter months of 2001, Edge feuded with William Regal (Darren Matthews) for the Intercontinental Championship. Edge came up short in the feud. [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge (p.195)] When WrestleMania X8 came around, Edge found himself in a match with Booker T (Booker Huffman) that was the result of Edge beating out Booker for a fictitious Japanese shampoo endorsement. [cite web|url=|title=WrestleMania X-8 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|]

Shortly after defeating Booker T at WrestleMania, Edge was drafted to the "SmackDown!" brand in the first . Upon arriving there, he began a feud against Kurt Angle, which culminated in Edge shaving Kurt's head following a hair vs. hair match at Judgment Day. [Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge (p.204)] When Rey Mysterio made his "SmackDown!" debut, he and Edge formed a team and captured the WWE Tag Team Championship. He also received matches for the WWE Championship against title holders Brock Lesnar and (The) Big Show (Paul Wight).

In February 2003, Edge suffered a legit neck injury and had to undergo surgery with Dr. Lloyd Youngblood. Recovery kept him sidelined for close to a year. [cite web|url=|author=Alex Marvez|title= Neck Injuries Sideline Stars|accessdate=2007-03-22|month=March | year=2003] He was scheduled to return to the ring in February 2004, but he suffered a legitimate broken hand just before his planned return, forcing him to stay out of the ring for an additional month. He was placed on the "Raw" brand in the WWE Draft after WrestleMania XX and returned to in-ring action shortly after that event. On the April 19, 2004 edition of "Raw" he and Chris Benoit won the World Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - April 19, 2004|accessdate= 2007-08-22|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] They continued a close partnership even after losing the title, but it was disbanded when Edge won the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance from Randy Orton. [cite web|url=|title=Vengeance 2004 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|] He then began to turn heel by cheating to keep the title and getting confrontational with ally Chris Jericho. Following a (legit) groin injury in a non-televised match, "Raw" General Manager Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the Intercontinental title.

Pursuit of the World Heavyweight Championship (2004-2005)

Upon his return, Edge's character became that of a crazed heel with severe anger management problems centered around his obsession for the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge, Benoit, and Shawn Michaels received a chance for a title shot for Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship at Taboo Tuesday 2004. Michaels won the audience vote to receive the title shot, giving Edge and Benoit a Tag Title shot. During the match, Edge abandoned his partner (although Benoit managed to win the title on his own)cite web|url=|title=Taboo Tuesday 2004 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|] and instead interfered in the main event, costing Michaels the championship. On the next night, Edge and Benoit lost the World Tag Team Championships while Edge abandoned Benoit again by sitting in a chair and just watching. After the match, Edge attacked Benoit.

In December, both Edge and Benoit competed in a #1 contender's battle royal, but eliminated each other simultaneously at the conclusion of the match, resulting in a draw. Due to this, the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H was forced to defend the title in a triple threat match. In the match, Benoit locked on the Crippler Crossface on Edge, who shifted his weight putting Benoit's shoulders on the mat for a pin. This match also ended in a draw for Benoit and Edge, as Benoit made Edge submit at the same time the referee counted a pinfall for Edge. As a result, the World Heavyweight Title was vacated the next week on "Raw".

Edge competed in his first Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution 2005 for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels (acting as special guest referee) would hit Edge with a Sweet Chin Music in retaliation for an accidental Spear, causing Edge to be eliminated first. [cite web|url=|title=New Years Revolution 2005 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|publisher=] This led to a match at the 2005 Royal Rumble later in the month, in which Edge defeated Michaels. [cite web|url=|title=Royal Rumble 2005 Results|accessdate =2007-08-21|] Subsequently, at WrestleMania 21, Edge won the first ever "Money in the Bank ladder match", gaining himself a contract that gave him a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship within one year.cite web|url=|title=WrestleMania 21 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] Even though he was already a heel, Edge faced even more scorn from the fans due to his adulterous affair with Amy Dumas, who was known on-screen as Lita.cite web|url=|title= The Luchagors Drop a Powerbomb|author=Jeff Clark|publisher=Stomp and Stammer|accessdate=2007-10-02|date=2007-09-07] Dumas had been the girlfriend of Copeland's close real-life friend, Matt Hardy. When Dumas suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, she was put out of action, [cite web|url=|title=Lita on road to recovery|author=Jason Clevett|publisher=SLAM! Wrestling|accessdate=2007-10-18|date=2005-03-02] and it was during this time that Copeland began an affair with her while she was still in a relationship with Hardy. Shortly after the incident became public knowledge, WWE had released Hardy resulting in even more backlash towards Copeland and Dumas. [cite web|url=|title=WWE cuts Hardy, Rhyno, Holly|author=Blackjack Brown|publisher=Chicago Sun-Times|accessdate=2007-08-20|date=2005-04-17] After Hardy returned, however, the real-life situation was translated into a storyline. [cite web| url=|title=Breaking News: Edge's Wife breaks her silence|accessdate=2007-02-25|date=2005-04-19|publisher=Lords of]

Edge was then paired with Lita in an angle where she turned on her storyline husband Kane. On the July 11 edition of "Raw", Edge's match with Kane was interrupted when Matt Hardy made a surprising appearance. The situation was a worked shoot, with Hardy referring to Edge as "Adam" and issuing a threat to Lita as well. When Hardy was officially brought back to "Raw", he and Edge continued their feud, including a match at SummerSlam 2005 where Edge defeated Hardy, causing Hardy to have "excessive blood loss." [cite web|url=|title=SummerSlam 2005 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] They also competed in a Street Fight, which resulted in a no-contest when Hardy performed a Side Effect on Edge off the entrance ramp into the sound speakers and other electrical equipment. They also fought in a Steel cage match at Unforgiven 2005 that Matt won after a leg drop on Edge from the top of the cage. [cite web|url=|title=Unforgiven 2005 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] The feud culminated in a "Loser Leaves Raw Ladder Match" at "WWE Homecoming", which Edge won, causing Hardy to move to "SmackDown!".

Shortly after the "Homecoming" victory, Edge suffered a legitimate torn pectoral muscle that kept him shelved for several weeks. [cite web|url=|title=WWE starts to implode|author=TJ Madigan|accessdate=2007-03-22|date=2005-11-05|publisher=SLAM! Wrestling] During his time off, he starred in his own talk show segment on "Raw" entitled "The Cutting Edge", dubbing himself the "Rated-R Superstar". Edge used his talk show to start a feud with Ric Flair following Flair's well-publicized arrest in connection with a road rage incident. Edge eventually began using "The Cutting Edge" as a soapbox to run down Flair until, after weeks of public mockery, Flair eventually showed up and attacked Edge.

WWE Champion (2006)

Edge and Flair formally met at New Year's Revolution 2006 in a match for Flair's Intercontinental Championship where Edge was disqualified.cite web|url=|title=New Years Revolution 2006 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] 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 "one more time." 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, as well as a Triple Crown Champion.

In an interview conducted after New Year's Revolution on, 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, [cite web|url=|title=RAW ratings rise|accessdate=2007-03-21|date=2006-01-10|publisher=WWE] the highest "Raw" rating in over a year, [cite web|url=|title=Raw's Sex Edge-ucation|author=Mike McAvennie|accessdate=2007-03-21|date=2006-12-24|publisher=WWE] leading Edge to call himself the "most-watched WWE Champion in the last 5 years" due to the high ratings.

Three weeks later, at the 2006 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. [cite web|author=The Rick|url=|title=WWE presents WrestleMania 22|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2006-04-02|publisher=Online Onslaught]

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 2006, where Cena pinned Triple H to retain the title. [cite web|url=|title=Backlash 2006 Results|accessdate=2007-08-24|] After Backlash, Edge continued his feud with Mick Foley as they entered a Triple Threat Hardcore Match. However, Foley immediately attacked friend Tommy Dreamer with Edge's assistance. Edge and Foley then proclaimed that, because of their brutal match at WrestleMania, they were the true Hardcore Champions. At One Night Stand 2006, Edge, Foley, and Lita defeated Dreamer, Terry Funk, and Beulah McGillicutty in an "Extreme Rules" tag team match.cite web|url=|title=ECW's One Night Stand 2006 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] Edge later interfered in a WWE Title match between champion John Cena and challenger Rob Van Dam, helping Van Dam win the title. Edge had been #1 contender for the title at the time, and there appeared to be some sort of collusion between him and ECW. Edge was unable to win the title at Vengeance 2006. [cite web|authors=Dale Plummer and Nick Tywalk|url=|title=DX returns with a Vengeance|accessdate=2008-05-02|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports]

Two weeks later on "Raw", Edge pinned Rob Van Dam in a Triple Threat No Disqualification Match, after blindsiding John Cena with the title belt, to become WWE Champion for the second time. [cite web|first=Ed|last=William III|url=|title=Stolen Championship|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2006-07-03|publisher=WWE] The match marked the first time the WWE Championship changed hands on "Raw" since October 8, 2001. This re-ignited his feud with John Cena, and Edge lost by disqualification at SNME in order to retain his title.cite web|url=|title=Saturday Night's Main Event results - July 15, 2006|accessdate=2007-11-21|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] As a result of these tactics, Cena snapped and FU'ed him through the Spanish announcers' table. Subsequently, a match was made for SummerSlam 2006 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. [cite web|url=|title=SummerSlam 2006 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|]

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!".cite web|url=|title=Last chance for Cena vs. Edge|author=Blackjack Brown|publisher=Chicago Sun-Times|accessdate=2007-11-06|date=2006-09-17] 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.cite web|first=Louie|last=Dee|url=|title=The Champ is back|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2006-09-17|publisher=WWE] 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. [cite video | year=2007 | title=John Cena: My Life | medium=DVD | publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment]

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. [cite web|first=Zack|last=Zeigler|url=|title=SmackDown beatdown|accessdate=2007-12-26|date=2006-09-25|publisher=WWE] 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. [cite web|first=Zack|last=Zeigler|url=|title=Cyber Sunday Blockbuster|accessdate=2007-12-28|date=2006-10-09|publisher= WWE] The duo succeeded early in defeating DX at Cyber Sunday due to the vote-in guest referee Eric Bischoff favoring Rated-RKO. [cite web|url=|title=Cyber Sunday 2006 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] The pair then won the World Tag Team Championship from Ric Flair and Roddy Piper on the November 13, 2006 "Raw", [cite web|url=|title=Rated-RKO Champions|date=2006-11-13|author=Zack Zeigler|accessdate=2008-01-06|publisher=WWE] cite web|url=|title=Edge & Randy Orton|date=2006-11-13|accessdate=2008-01-06|publisher=WWE] making Edge hold a record 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. [cite web|url=|title=WWE Survivor Series 2006|accessdate=2008-05-25|publisher=Pro Wrestling History]

The feud with DX continued at New Year's Revolution 2007 where Edge and Orton were battered by DX to end the match in a no contest. [cite web|url=|title=New Years Revolution 2007 Results|accessdate=2007-08-22|] However, Edge and Orton 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 Randy Orton with a con-chair-to while Edge looked on from the entrance ramp. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - January 15, 2007|accessdate=2007-08-22|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On the January 29, 2007 edition of "Raw", Rated-RKO lost the World Tag Team Championship to Shawn Michaels and John Cena. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - January 29, 2007|accessdate=2007-08-22| publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

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. [cite web|author=The Rick|url=|title=WWE WrestleMania 23|accessdate=2008-05-25|date=2007-04-01|publisher=Online Onslaught] He then entered a feud, along with former partner Randy 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. [cite web|first=Brian|last=Elliott|url=|title=No filler makes for a consistent Backlash|accessdate=2008-05-25|date=2007-04-29|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports]

Move to "SmackDown!" (2007)

On the May 7, 2007 edition of "Raw", Edge defeated Mr. Kennedy to win his Money in the Bank title opportunity (Kennedy had suffered a legit injury prior to the match, plus Edge attacked Kennedy before the match), making Edge a two-time Money in the Bank holder.citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-09|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|title=Gold digging|publisher=WWE] On the May 11, 2007 edition of "SmackDown!", Edge cashed in his newly won contract. After a brutal Steel cage match between The Undertaker and Batista and a savage assault to The Undertaker by Mark Henry, Edge took advantage and defeated Undertaker with two Spears to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. [cite web|url=|title=SmackDown results - May 11, 2007|accessdate=2007-08-24|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] As a result of this victory, Edge became a part of the SmackDown brand.

Edge then began a feud with Batista and successfully defended his championship title against him at Judgment Day, [cite web|first=Brian|last=Elliott|url=|title=WWE just passes on Judgment Day|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2007-05-20|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports] in a Steel Cage Match at One Night Stand, [cite web|url=|title=One Night Stand 2007 Results|accessdate=2007-08-21|] and a third and final time at a last chance match at . [cite web|first=Mike|last=McAvennie|url=|title=Batista's last stand falls|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2007-06-24|publisher=WWE] Edge then began a feud with Kane after SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long announced Kane as the new number one contender for Edge's title. Edge was forced to relinquish his title due to a legit torn left pectoral muscle injury on the July 20, 2007 "SmackDown!" following an attack by Kane. [cite web|url=|title=Edge injury puts Khali in title role|author=Blackjack Brown|publisher=Chicago Sun-Times|accessdate=2007-08-20|date=2007-07-22] Edge stated he would be out of action for about four months.

La Familia (2007-2008)

At Survivor Series, Edge made his return, interfering in a World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell match between Batista and The Undertaker. [cite web|authors=Nick Tywalk and Dale Plummer|url=|title=Survivor Series ends with an Edge|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2007-11-18|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports] The following "SmackDown!" show saw Edge and General Manager Vickie Guerrero make public their relationship, [cite web|url=|title=Rated "T" for Tombstone|accessdaymonthyear=17-01-2008|publisher=WWE] making his official in-ring return in a World Title match against Batista on November 30, a match that ended after The Undertaker interfered. [cite web|url=|title=Three-dogged night|accessdaymonthyear=24-01-2008|] At Armageddon, Edge regained the World Heavyweight Championship, after giving The Undertaker two chair shots, and pinning the defending champion Batista (who had been Tombstone piledriven by Undertaker prior) in a Triple Threat match. During the match, Edge used two look-alikes to distract Batista and The Undertaker. [cite web|url=|title=WWE Armageddon 2007|accessdate=2008-05-02|publisher=Hoffco] It was later revealed that these look-alikes were the Major Brothers, [cite web|url=|title=A Major revelation|accessdaymonthyear=17-12-2007|publisher=WWE] who were then repackaged as "The Edge-heads".

The alliance also saw the inclusion of Chavo Guerrero, and on the January 22, 2008 broadcast of "ECW on Sci Fi", Edge assisted Chavo in winning the ECW Championship from CM Punk, [cite web|url=|title=Chavo's night|accessdaymonthyear=23-01-2008|] who had previously rebuffed Edge [cite web|url=|title=Edge spoils CM Punk's run|accessdaymonthyear=24-01-2008|] and allied himself with Rey Mysterio, Edge's scheduled opponent at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. [cite web|url=|title=Champions, contenders and carnage|accessdaymonthyear=24-01-2008|] The group eventually came under the name of "La Familia". At both the Rumble and No Way Out, Edge successfully retained the title after spearing Mysterio in mid-air. [cite web|authors=Dale Plummer and Nick Tylwalk|url=|title=Cena wins Rumble in surprise return|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2008-01-28|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports] [cite web|url=|title=No Way Out 2008|accessdate=2008-05-02|] At WrestleMania XXIV, Edge lost the World Heavyweight Championship to The Undertaker when he tapped out to the gogoplata, handing Edge his first ever singles loss at WrestleMania. In a WrestleMania rematch, The Undertaker defeated Edge once again at Backlash to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-05-02|title=Second verse, same as the first|last=Dee|first=Louie|publisher=WWE|date=2008-04-27] Following Backlash, The Undertaker was stripped of his championship by Vickie Guerrero and faced Edge for the title at Judgment Day and then again at One Night Stand in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. [cite web |url= |title=Title turmoil |date=2008-05-02|author=Louis Dee|accessdate=2008-05-03|publisher=WWE] cite web|first=Bob|last=Kapur|url=|title=Judgment Day spoils streak of good shows|accessdate=2008-06-16|date=2008-05-18|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|work=SLAM! Sports] cite web|url=|title=WWE One Night Stand 2008|accessdate=2008-06-19|] The first match ended with a count out victory for The Undertaker but no champion was crowned due to the circumstances. The second match at One Night Stand saw Edge walk away champion, which also meant Undertaker was scripted to be banished from the entire WWE.

On the June 30, 2008 edition of "Raw", Edge interrupted the farewell speech of Jim Ross, who had been drafted to "SmackDown!" the week before, and forced him to leave the ring. Edge then cut a promo mocking "Raw"'s lack of a world champion, as WWE Champion Triple H had also been drafted to "SmackDown!" the previous week, and proceeded to leave. Batista, who was upset over his controversial loss to Edge at Night of Champions, however, stopped Edge from leaving and attacked him. CM Punk then took advantage of Edge's weakened stature, cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship, thus ending Edge's third World Heavyweight Championship reign. [cite web|url=|title=A Draft Disaster|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|date=2008-07-01|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment|accessdate=2008-07-01]

On the special July 4, 2008 edition of "SmackDown!", Edge took his frustrations out on Vickie because he lost his title and told her the wedding was off. [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-12|last=Passero|first=Mitch|title=A champion scorned|publisher=WWE] However, the following week, after Guerrero saved Edge from a Con-chair-to by The Big Show, Edge re-proposed, and the wedding was back on. [citeweb|url=|accessdate-2008-07 12|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|title=SmackDown - Eternal Love?|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] On July 18, 2008 at the wedding reception, Triple H came out and showed a video of Edge cheating on Vickie the day before with the wedding planner, Alicia Fox. The angle continued at The Great American Bash when Fox attempted to hand Edge the WWE Championship belt to use as weapon, but was stopped with a clothesline by Vickie. Edge attempted to spear the referee to delay the match, but hit Vickie instead. Triple H used this distraction to recover and hit a Pedigree to retain his title. [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-22|date=2008-07-20|last=Adkins|first=Greg|title=Maul in the Family|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] Edge would attempt to apologize to Vickie even though he was seen talking to Fox, where she revealed to him that she had rehired The Undertaker and that Edge would face him in a Hell in a Cell match at SummerSlam [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-08-08|date=2008-08-25|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|title=SmackDown: A woman's scorn, a Deadman reborn|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] Edge then turned on La Familia during the August 8 edition of "SmackDown!", and delivered a One man con-chair-to on Chavo in the ring, effectively disbanding the stable as a horrified Vickie looked on. [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-08-12|date=2008-08-08|last=Passero|first=Mitch|title=Edge’s descent into darkness|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] Edge lost to The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell at SummerSlam, and after the match, Undertaker chokeslammed Edge off the top of a ladder and through the ring canvas, with flames rising from the hole. [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-08-18|date=2008-08-17|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|title=Unleashed in Hell|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment]

In wrestling

*Finishing moves
**"Edgecator" (Kneeling inverted sharpshooter)
**"Edgecution" (Lifting DDT)
**"Edge–O–Matic" (Sitout rear mat slam) Used as a regular move from 2003–Present
**One man con–chair–to – In hardcore matches
**Spear, sometimes from an elevated position

*Signature moves
**Big boot
**Diving crossbodyciteweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-27|title =Edge Bio|publisher=Online World of Wrestling]
**Electric chair facebuster
**Falling reverse DDT
**Half nelson sitout facebuster – 2001–2004
**Missile dropkick
**Russian legsweep
**Seated chinlock
**Spinning wheel kick

*Signature foreign object
**Steel chair
**Folding table

**Terri Runnels
**Vickie Guerrero
**Curt Hawkins
**Zack Ryder

**"King Edge the Awesome"
**"Mr. Money in the Bank"
**"The Rated–R Superstar"
**"The Ultimate Opportunist"
**"The Master Manipulator"

*Entrance themes
**"You Think You Know Me" by Jim Johnston
**"Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" by Rob Zombie.
**Metalingus" by Alter Bridge.

*Signature taunts
** Squats down and swings his hands up shouting "Get Up" whilst preparing for a spear.

*Signature Matches
**Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match

Championships and accomplishments

*Insane Championship Wrestling
**ICW/MWCW Mid-West Unified Tag Team Championship (1 time) [cite web|url=|title=MWCW Tag Team Title|accessdate=2008-06-11|publisher= Pro Wrestling History] – with Joe E. Legend
**ICW Streetfight Tag Team Championship (2 times) [cite web|url=|title=ICW Street Fight Tag Team Title|accessdate=2008-06-11|publisher= Pro Wrestling History] – with Christian Cage (1) and Joe. E Legend (1)

*New Tokyo Pro Wrestling
**NTPW Pro Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Christian Cage [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.104)]

*Outlaw Championship Wrestling
**OCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Psycho Joe Sampson

*Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI Feud of the Yearcite web|url=|title=Feud of the Year|accessdate=2007-04-12|publisher= Wrestling Information Archive] – small|vs.Matt Hardy (2005)
**PWI Feud of the Yearsmall|vs.John Cena(2006)
**PWI Match of the Yearcite web |url= |title=Match of the Year |accessdate=2008-06-06|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive] – small|with Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz - "WrestleMania X-Seven", April 1 (2001)
**PWI Match of the Yearsmall| with Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz - "SummerSlam 2000", August 27 (2000)
**PWI Comeback of the Year (2004) [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-09|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Comeback of the Year|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive]
**PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2006) [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-09|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Most Hated Wrestler of the Year |publisher=Wrestling Information Archive]
**PWI ranked him # 2 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2007. [cite web|url=|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2007|accessdate=2008-05-04|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive]

*Southern States Wrestling
**SSW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Christian Cage

*World Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Entertainment
**WCW United States Championship (1 time) [cite web|url=|title=WWWF/WWF/WWE World Tag Team Title|accessdate=2007-11-09|publisher= Wrestling-Titles] ref|1|1
**World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
**WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (11 times) [cite web|url=|title=W.W.W.F./W.W.F./W.W.E. World Tag Team Title|accessdate=2007-10-08|] – with Christian (7), Chris Benoit (2), and Randy Orton (1), Hulk Hogan (1)
**WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (5 times) [cite web|url=|title=Intercontinental Title History| accessdate=2007-11-09|publisher=WWE]
**WWE Championship (2 times) [cite web|url=|title=Edge's first WWE Championship reign|publisher=WWE| accessdate=2007-11-04] [cite web|url=|title=Edge's second WWE Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2007-11-04]
**WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) [cite web|url=|title=Edge and Rey Mysterio's WWE Tag Team Championship title reign| accessdate=2007-11-09|] – with Rey Mysterio (1)
**King of the Ring (2001)
**Mr. Money in the Bank (2005) (1st)
**Mr. Money in the Bank (2007)
**Fourteenth Triple Crown Champion

*Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
**Match of the Year (2002) with Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle, No Mercy, North Little Rock, Arkansas, October 20
**Tag Team of the Year (2000) with Christian1. Won during the Invasion storyline.
2. Won the 2007 Money in the Bank contract when he defeated the then–Money in the Bank holder, Mr. Kennedy, on "Raw".


In March 2007, Copeland became a key figure in an alleged steroid ring and drug investigation. On March 19 "Sports Illustrated" posted an article on its website in its continuing series investigating a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. That article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Copeland who was alleged to have obtained HGH. [cite web|url=|title=Wrestlers allegedly tied to drug ring| accessdate =2007-03-21|date=2007-03-19] Copeland has previously admitted using steroids in April 2004 after neck surgery as an experiment on TSN's "Off The Record with Michael Landsberg" in January 2005. He said he felt it slowed him down, so he quickly got off the substance.cite web|url=|author=John Pollack|title=Pro Wrestlers Tied to Steroid Ring| accessdate=2007-03-21|date=2007-03-20] According to Copeland, he took HGH after coming back from a spinal fusion neck surgery. He was told by doctors that it would help the bones grow back around the screws and plate that were inserted into his neck. He claims to have taken blood tests, consulted doctors, studied the drug, and got prescriptions before deciding to take them. [cite web|url=|author =Adam Copeland|title=My new blog (this is the controversial one!!!!)|accessdate=2007-03-21|month=March | year=2007]

According to a "Sports Illustrated" article posted on August 30, 2007, Copeland was named one of ten superstars found to have purchased steroids and other drugs from an online pharmacy, a violation of the WWE Talent Wellness program. Copeland was said to have received somatropin, genotropin and stanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007. [cite news|url=|title=Fourteen wrestlers tied to pipeline|publisher=Sports Illustrated|date=2007-08-30|accessdate=2007-08-31] [cite news|first= Paul|last=Farhi|title=Pro Wrestling Suspends 10 Linked to Steroid Ring |url=|publisher=Washington Post|date=2007-09-01|accessdate=2007-09-02]

Personal life

Copeland used to play hockey with current Detroit Red Wings Aaron Downey. [cite web|url=|title=The Last Word|author=J.S. Trzcienski|accessdate=2007-03-21|month=November | year=2006] He is a New Jersey Devils fan. [cite web|url=|title=Edge's Picks|accessdate=2007-04-11|publisher=The Hockey News|date=2007-04-10]

As a teenager, Copeland (along with his friend William Reso) attended WrestleMania VI sitting in the eleventh row at ringside. [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.39)] 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.cite web|url=|title=Edge's WWE Profile|accessdate=2007-03-21|publisher=WWE] Twelve years later Copeland returned to SkyDome as a competitor at WrestleMania X8.

During his high school years, Copeland was voted "Most Likely to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship".

Copeland has been married two times. He was originally married to Alanah Morley on November 8, 2001, the sister of Val Venis, [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.192)] but they divorced after three years on March 10, 2004. [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.273)] He was then married to Lisa Ortiz on October 21, 2004, but they soon divorced on November 17, 2005. [ [ My Flordia County] ] He was in a relationship with Amy Dumas for an unknown amount of time.

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, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.7)]

Copeland does not smoke. He claims he had his first cigarette when he was sixteen, hated it, and has not smoked since. [Copeland, Adam. "Adam Copeland On Edge" (p.41)]

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 bandanas, adorned with flowers and hearts, below said star tattoo, along with a tattoo of a cross on his left forearm. 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." [cite web|url=|title=An image of Edge|accessdate=2007-11-05|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=|title=Edge: A history in ink|accessdate=2007-12-06|publisher=WWE]



In 2000, he made a cameo appearance in the movie "", credited as "Road Bandit". During the appearance, actor Adrian Paul remarks "Looks like you've lost your "edge", lad" after defeating him in a sword fight.

TV appearances

In March 2002, Copeland alongside other WWE Superstars appeared on "The Weakest Link". He was voted out in the first round, and the eventual winner was Kane. [cite web|url=|title=Recap of WWF on The Weakest Link|author=William Martinez| accessdate=2007-03-21|month=March | year=2002]

On the August 6, 2006 episode of Mind of Mencia, Copeland appeared as Edge as a commentator for "The Royal Religious Rumble". [cite web|url=;title;12|title=Mind of Mencia: Episode #213|accessdate=2007-12-17|] He punched out an actor playing L. Ron Hubbard to stop Scientology from ruling the world and then speared another actor playing Tom Cruise. In March 2007, alongside Randy Orton, John Cena, and Bobby Lashley, he appeared on "Deal or No Deal". Weeks later he appeared on the sketch comedy show "MADtv". He appeared in a "Slim Jim" commercial where his spicy side causes chaos in a DMV and most recently, in a hotel.




External links

* [ WWE Profile]

NAME= Copeland, Adam
DATE OF BIRTH=1973-10-30
PLACE OF BIRTH=Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

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