Adam Copeland is a Canadian professional wrestler better known as Edge (born October 30, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario) who performs for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand.
During his high school years, he was voted, "the most likely to win the WWE Championship or the World Title."
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.
In late February 2005, Edge 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 has resulted in Matt Hardy being released from the WWE.
In 2000, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Highlander: Endgame.
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. 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. So far, Copeland has found some success in WWE, but not to the magnitude as Michaels has found. 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. After the split of the team Edge continued with this 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 an 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 shortly after that event. On April 19, 2004, he and Chris Benoit won the RAW tag team title.
On July 10 at Vengeance 2004 Edge went one-on-one with Randy Orton and ended Orton's 9 month Intercontinental title reign. On September 7, 2004, Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the title because of a injury Edge received at a non-televised wrestling match.
His character was then portrayed as a crazed heel with a severe anger management problem, feuding with such wrestlers as Shawn Michaels, who he believes is the reason he did not get a chance to compete for the World Heavyweight Title at Taboo Tuesday. They have faced each other many times, including at the 2005 Royal Rumble.
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 is guaranteed for up to a year, until WrestleMania XXII.
Edge, still being portrayed as a crazed heel who blames everyone else for problems and missed opportunities in his wrestling career, now refers to himself by the nickname "Mr. Money-in-the-Bank" and carries his World Heavyweight Championship match contract in a briefcase where ever he goes.
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