Adam Copeland

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Adam Copeland is a Canadian professional wrestler known as Edge (born October 30, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario) who performs for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. Originally a successful tag team wrestler, he has also made a name for himself as a single competitor as well.

He gained some measure of infamy among wrestling fans after late February 2005, when he had a real-life adulterous affair with WWE Diva Lita, causing her and her long time boyfriend and WWE Superstar Matt Hardy to split, when Matt was contacted by Edge's wife. The fallout of this affair resulted in Matt Hardy being released from the WWE.

Career

Throughout the 1990s he wrestled for many independent promotions in Ontario as well in the Great Lakes region of the United States under the name Sexton Hardcastle. His previous managers were Johnny Bradford and Judd the Studd. In his indy career, he also won the SSW Tag title, the ICW Street Fight Tag title and the ICW/MWCW Midwest Unified Tag title, all with long time friend, Christian Cage as his tag team partner they were known as the suicide blondes. He showed much potential and was signed by the then-WWF in 1998.

Many thought that upon his arrival, he would be the next Shawn Michaels. He was at first introduced as an enigmatic character, who quickly was teamed with his former tag team partner and on-screen brother, from independent promotions, Christian. The two joined The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness, and eventually found success as a heel comic duo of surfer dudes/teenyboppers, winning the WWE Tag Team Titles 7 times. After with an on-screen feud, the team then dropped the storyline brotherhood gimmick when he and Christian broke out on their own. After the split of the team Edge continued with the character for the most part, only as a face.

In 2002, Copeland suffered a neck injury that required surgery that kept him sidelined for close to a year. He wrote a column on WWE.com while he rehabilitated. He was scheduled to return to the ring in February 2004, but suffered a wrist injury just before his expected return. He was placed on the RAW brand in the draft lottery after WrestleMania XX, and returned to in-ring action as a face shortly after that event. On April 19, 2004, he and Chris Benoit won the World Tag-Team Championship. He continued to back Benoit and be there whenever Benoit needed him, even after they lost the titles. Tha partnership was disbanded when Edge won the Intercontinental Championship.

On July 10 at Vengeance Edge defeated Randy Orton to end Orton's 9 month Intercontinental title reign. He went on to use illegal tricks to retain his Intercontinental title and eventually feuded with Chris Jericho, thus turning himn heel. Eric Bischoff eventually stripped Edge of the title because of an injury Edge received at a non-televised wrestling match.

When Edge returned, his character was portrayed as a crazed heel with a severe anger management problem. He, Benoit and Shawn Michaels received a chance to be voted in by fans for a title shot at Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship for Taboo Tuesday. However, the decision was won by Shawn Michaels, leaving Edge and Benoit with a Tag Title shot. Edge abandoned his partner (although Benoit managed to win the titles on his own) and instead interfered in the main event, costing Michaels the championship.

Edge would eventually abandon his tag team partner Benoit yet again, allowing them to lose the titles. Edge then joined Triple H's team for Survivor Series while Benoit joined Randy Orton's.

Edge later won a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship again at New Year's Revolution at the Elimination Chamber. Edge and a returning Shawn Michaels would renew their rivalry in this match, with Michaels serving as special guest referee.

Mr. Money-in-the-Bank

At WrestleMania 21, Edge won the "Money-in-the-Bank" Ladder Match to gain a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. As per the stipulations of the match, his title match was guaranteed for up to a year, until WrestleMania 22.

After this match, Edge referred to himself by the nickname "Mr. Money-in-the-Bank" and carried his World Heavyweight Championship match contract, which then became a WWE Championship contract when the titles changed shows, in a briefcase wherever he goes.

Edge then felt heat due to his betrayal of a fellow wrestler and real life friend, Matt Hardy by having an extramarital affair with Amy Dumas (Lita), Matt's girlfriend of six years.

Nevertheless, Edge was paired with Lita in the TV storyline after she turned on Kane to help Edge win the Gold Rush Tournament on the May 16, 2005 edition of RAW. Edge then faced the World Heavyweight Champion Batista the next week. Despite the interference of Christian and Tyson Tomko, Edge lost the match.

On Vengeance, June 26, 2005, he lost to Kane. On RAW, July 11, Edge's main event match with Kane was interrupted as Matt Hardy made a surprising apperance. The situation was suspected to be a worked shoot, with Hardy referring to Edge as "Adam" and issued a threat to Lita as well. This episode raised suspicions of it all being an storyline, using the internet community to achieve heel heat to boost Edge's standing as a major player in the WWE and all parties involved conspired to fool the fans to believe what may really be kayfabe all along and this affair may never have taken place at all. Hardy would interfere in Edge's match the following week on RAW.

On the August 1 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon officially announced the return of Matt Hardy, and scheduled a match between Hardy and Edge at SummerSlam 2005.

On August 21, 2005, at SummerSlam, Matt Hardy and Edge faced each other in a battle which was hardly considered a wrestling match but an all-out brawl. The match wound up coming to a premature end when Edge dropped Hardy onto the top of a ring-post, causing him to bleed and eventually leading to the referee ending the match on the grounds that Hardy couldn't continue. Edge was declared the winner.

On August 29, 2005, Matt Hardy and Edge once again faced off on RAW in a vicious Street Fight. The match ended with Matt hitting Edge with the Side Effect and the two of them went flying off the stage onto electrical equipment. They were then carted off by medicial technicians to receive medical attention.

At the 2005 WWE Unforgiven event, Edge faced Matt Hardy in a steel cage match. Edge lost the match by pinfall after Matt went to hit a legdrop from the top of the cage on Edge.

At WWE Homecoming, Edge defeated Matt Hardy in a Loser Leaves RAW, Money-in-the-Bank ladder match where the winner received the Money in the Bank guaranteed title match while the loser was forced to leave RAW.

On October 21, 2005, Edge appeared on Friday Night SmackDown! with Chris Masters to set up a match on WWE Taboo Tuesday pitting Edge and Masters against two SmackDown! opponents picked by the fans. On November 7, 2005 Edge was forced to got to Smackdown to fight Batista in a street fight because of the lack of care he gives to the fans or RAW. On Friday Night Smackdown Edge didn't fight Batista yet bringing out Kane and The Big Show to man handle Batista.

Personal information

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

In 2000, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Highlander: Endgame as "Road bandit".

Edge's own autobiography, entitled "Adam Copeland On Edge" (The On Edge Book), tells of his own voyage in the wrestling industry and how he found success on the independent circuit and the WWE. It features details of his personal life before and after becoming a wrestler.

Edge had a tattoo of a shark flexing it's arm, which is now covered by a sun on his upper bicep

His current theme music is "Metalingus" by Alter Bridge. He has previously used "Never Gonna Stop" by Rob Zombie and a WWE-produced track.

Additional facts

Previous managers

  • Johnny Bradford
  • Judd the Studd
  • Sweet Daddy Siki

Quotes

  • "I am Mr. money-in-the-bank!"
  • "Bank on it!"
  • "...for the benefit of those of you with flash photography..."
  • "...totally reeks of awesomeness!"
  • "That's brutal,...B-R-utal!"
  • "Chumpstain!"

Finishing and signature moves

Title history

Awards

Template:Start box | colspan = 3 align = center | (WWE) World Tag Team Championship |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Dudley Boyz | width = 40% align = center | First reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Too Cool |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Too Cool | width = 40% align = center | Second reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Hardy Boyz |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Hardy Boyz | width = 40% align = center | Third reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Hardy Boyz |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather | width = 40% align = center | Fourth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
The Rock and The Undertaker |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
The Rock and The Undertaker | width = 40% align = center | Fifth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Dudley Boyz |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Hardy Boyz | width = 40% align = center | Sixth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Dudley Boyz |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Dudley Boyz | width = 40% align = center | Seventh reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Kane and The Undertaker |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Billy & Chuck | width = 40% align = center | Eighth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Lance Storm and Christian |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Ric Flair and Batista | width = 40% align = center | Ninth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
La Resistance |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
La Resistance | width = 40% align = center | Tenth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
La Resistance Template:End box


Template:Start box | colspan = 3 align = center | WWE Tag Team Championship |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit | width = 40% align = center | First reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero Template:End box

Template:Start box | colspan = 3 align = center | WWE Intercontinental Championship |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Jeff Jarrett | width = 40% align = center | First reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Jeff Jarrett |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Lance Storm | width = 40% align = center | Second reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Christian |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Christian | width = 40% align = center | Third reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
Test |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Test | width = 40% align = center | Fourth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
William Regal |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Randy Orton | width = 40% align = center | Fifth reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
stripped due to injury Template:End box


Template:Start box | colspan = 3 align = center | WCW U.S. Heavyweight Championship |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Kurt Angle | width = 40% align = center | First reign | width = 30% align = center | Succeded by:
unified with WWE IC title Template:End box

Template:Start box | colspan = 3 align = center | King of the Ring winners |- | width = 30% align = center | Preceded by:
Kurt Angle | width = 40% align = center | First Time | width = 30% align = center | Followed by:
Brock Lesnar |- Template:End box


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