Height: 6 foot 5
Weight: 240 pounds
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Signature Move: Spear
Career Highlights: WWE Champion; 10-time World Tag Team Champion; WWE
Tag Team Champion; 7-time Intercontinental Champion; WCW U.S. Champion
WWE Debut: June 1998
Trained By: Ron Hutchison & Sweet Daddy Siki
How many of us can say that we accomplished our lifelong dream? How many of
us can say that we’re doing exactly what we wanted to do when we were children?
Edge can. One of the brightest young stars in WWE, Edge sat on the floor for
WrestleMania VI at SkyDome in Toronto, watching Hulk Hogan battle the Ultimate
Warrior. Although he was only 16 at the time, Edge already knew that he wanted
to follow in the footsteps of Hogan and Warrior; he wanted to be a WWE. Twelve
years later, almost 70,000 fans watched Edge defeat Booker T at WrestleMania
X8 at SkyDome in Toronto. Edge had already accomplished a career highlight
at SkyDome — in July 1999, he won the Intercontinental Championship there.
The Canadian Superstar has excelled in both singles and tag-team action. Along
with his brother Christian, he won the Tag Team Championship seven times, a
record for a duo. Edge & Christian were also part of some of the most memorable
tag matches in history — including the Ladder Match at WrestleMania 2000;
the Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match at SummerSlam in 2000; TLC II at
WrestleMania X-Seven; and TLC III on the May 24, 2001 episode of SmackDown!
Edge officially became a force in the singles division when he won the 2001
King of the Ring Tournament. A few months later, he defeated Christian in an
epic Ladder Match at No Mercy 2001 to become the Intercontinental Champion.
In fact, he has already won the Intercontinental Championship on four occasions.
But his tag team days are definitely not behind him. On July 4, 2002, Edge
paired up with his boyhood idol, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, and won his eighth WWE
Tag Team Championship! On Nov. 7, 2002, he won the championship again, this
time with Rey Mysterio as his partner.
Calling himself The Rated-R Superstar, Edge has evolved from a brooding, angsty
enigma into one of the most successful Superstars in WWE history. Aligned with
Lita since the summer of 2005, Edge isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind, no
matter how shocking or controversial it may be, and the devious pair has burned
any Superstar that’s gotten in their path.
In his high school yearbook, Edge was voted Most Likely to Become WWE Champion;
while that prophecy has finally been fulfilled, The Rated R Superstar won’t be
content with just one championship feather in his cap.
Following his graduation from high school, Edge’s road to the WWE began in 1992 when he won an essay contest in Toronto. The contest asked potential candidates why they wanted to become professional wrestlers, and his winning entry earned him the opportunity to be trained by Canadian Superstars Ron Hutchison and Sweet Daddy Siki at Sully’s Gym in Toronto.
After spending a half-dozen years on the independent circuit, Edge made his WWE
debut in 1998; he quickly hooked up with Christian and Gangrel to form The Brood,
and the trio was notorious for giving WWE Superstars a mysterious bloodbath.
Eventually, Edge & Christian broke away from Gangrel, and after a spectacular
Tag Team Ladder Match against the Hardy Boyz at No Mercy 1999, their stock began to rise.
A three-way rivalry with the Hardys and Dudleys led to the first ever Triangle
Tag Team Ladder Match at WrestleMania 2000, where E&C claimed their first of
seven World Tag Team Championships. Months later at SummerSlam, the sextet topped their previous milestone, incorporating tables and chairs into the equation for the first ever TLC Match.
In 2001, Edge got his first big taste of single glory, defeating Kurt Angle to
win the King of the Ring tournament. Two months later at SummerSlam, he captured his second Intercontinental Championship by defeating Lance Storm. However, Christian felt slighted, and soon turned against his partner, beginning a vicious war that would see them trade the Intercontinental Championship. Edge also won the WCW United States Championship during that time, and defeated Test to unify the U.S. and Intercontinental Championships at Survivor Series 2001.
In 2002, Edge was drafted to SmackDown during the brand extension, and was quickly able to fulfill a life long dream: teaming with the Hulkster. As a youngster,
Edge was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan, and was in the crowd when Hogan took on Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI in Toronto. It was fitting that on July 4, 2002, the most patriotic day in America, Edge teamed with Hogan to win the World Tag Team Championship from Billy & Chuck. Edge would later pair up with Rey Mysterio,
and their wars with Los Guerreros and Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit became legendary. On Nov. 7, 2002, the pair won the WWE Tag Team Championship on SmackDown from Angle & Benoit.
Unfortunately, Edge suffered a neck injury in early 2003 that required major
surgery, and he missed 14 months of action rehabbing. Upon his return, Edge landed on RAW and defeated Kane at Backlash 2004 in his first match back. The next night, he teamed with Chris Benoit to win the World Tag Team Championship for the ninth time. Edge & Benoit would win the gold one more time at Taboo Tuesday, but under much more acrimonious circumstances. Mad that the fans had not voted him into the main event of Taboo Tuesday 2004, Edge walked out on his partner. Benoit was able to win the match on his own, but the dissension soon cost the team the gold.
From that moment on, Edge had one goal in mind that drove him to obsession: winning the WWE Championship. A now sinister Edge became consumed and ultimately corrupted to the core by his boyhood dream. Feeling screwed by other WWE Superstars like Shawn Michaels, the fans and other outside forces, Edge’s bitterness fueled him, making him even more driven, unpredictable and desperate.
At WrestleMania 21, Edge used his newfound drive to win a Six-Man Money in the
Bank Ladder Match, earning a WWE Championship match anytime before WrestleMania 22. Additionally, Edge scored another Championship match in May 2005 when he won the RAW Gold Rush tournament, defeating Kane after his Lita betrayed her husband and joined up romantically and strategically with Edge.
A bitter, personal rivalry with Matt Hardy over Lita brought a brand new spotlight
onto Edge. After months of dealing with Hardy, Edge defeated him at RAW Homecoming in another Money in the Bank Ladder Match, holding onto his Championship Match and sending Hardy to SmackDown in the process.
Finally, after nine months of planning, Edge found the perfect opportunity to
cash in his chance. At New Year’s Revolution, after John Cena survived a brutal
Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE Championship, Edge asked Mr. McMahon to use his Money in the Bank shot. In mere minutes, the fresher Edge overwhelmed the tired and bloody champion, and after two spears, Edge pinned Cena to finally realize his childhood dream.
After winning the WWE Championship at New Years Revolution, Edge & Lita held
a live sex celebration the next night on RAW, a scene that turned out to be one
of the most controversial RAW moments ever. In fact, Edge’s reign as WWE Champion drew RAWs highest ratings in months, further fueling his ego. He even promised that he would not be a transitional champion; however, just three weeks after he won the title from John Cena, Cena made Edge tap out at the Royal Rumble to disprove that vow.
Not content with just getting to the top, Edge became even more focused towards
reclaiming that throne. The night after the Rumble, Edge used his rematch clause
and defeated Cena by disqualification, earning himself another opportunity. The
next week, he & Lita lost a Mixed Tag Team Match to Cena & Maria, giving Cena
the right to choose the special referee for the next rematch, which turned out
to be Mick Foley. Cena was victorious in the rematch, and while it seemed that
Foley had been an impartial referee, Edge didn’t see it that way. Following the loss, The Rated R Superstar blamed Foley for screwing him and gave the Hardcore Legend a spear. The next week, Edge challenged Foley to a WrestleMania match, giving him one week to respond. When it came time for Foley’s answer, the Hardcore Legend instead offered a challenge of his own for a Hardcore Match at WrestleMania.
In the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, the two men attacked each other relentlessly. After Edge nailed Foley with a Conchairto on RAW, The Hardcore Legend responded by giving Edge one of his own on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Foley also gave Lita a Mandible Claw, proving that the “old” Foley was back. At WrestleMania, the two men brutalized each other with any weapon they could find. In the end, as Foley stood on the apron, Edge jumped through the ropes and speared the Hardcore Legend, sending both men crashing through a flaming table on the floor. That was enough for Edge to pick up the victory, keeping his WrestleMania record flawless.
With WrestleMania behind him, Edge set his sights on the WWE Championship once again. Leading up to Backlash, the three-way rivalry between Edge, Triple H and John Cena saw all three men on the losing end of a Handicap Match against the other two. They then all teamed together on April 24, but Edge walked out to
leave Cena and The Game alone to fight the Spirit Squad. It all came to a head
at Backlash, where Cena pinned Triple H to win a Triple Threat Match and retain
the WWE Championship.