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Edge had one of the most recognizable entrance theme songs early in his WWE career.
”You Think You Know Me” would play to packed arenas and stadiums during live shows, tapings and pay-per-views and fans would instantly know who was coming. the ring
On Sunday, the WWE universe will get to know Edge better when his episode of “WWE Biography: Legends” premieres on A&E.
The 48-year-old’s journey to WWE (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation) has been filled with some twists and turns.
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He met his best friend, Jay Reso (known in pro wrestling as Christian), when he was about 10 years old, and the two bonded quickly over pro wrestling and dreamed of entering the squared circle while they growing up in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. . The two would watch their first event together at Maple Leafs Gardens in Toronto and later Edge would watch WrestleMania VI at the Toronto SkyDome.
At that point, it clicked.
“They were all the things I love. I loved superheroes, I loved music and I loved sports. So when I saw wrestling, it was all those things because the larger-than-life characters in comic books,” Edge, whose real name is Adam Copeland, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview.
“They had entrance music and they like pyro and stuff, so it’s a Kiss concert. And, they’re doing these things that I like and I like a hockey game or a football game – just an athletic performance. It benefited all the things. that I liked my little child’s brain. I never grew out of the little child’s brain.”
Edge’s career would soon begin.
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He saw an ad in the Toronto Sun for an essay topic on “Why do I want to be a professional wrestler?” He wrote an epic story about his dreams and goals and eventually won the tournament, earning a chance to train with professional wrestlers Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchinson.
When asked if he thinks about the essay and how the ball has played out in his career, Edge told Fox News Digital that he thinks about it “almost every day.”
“I understand, for me, that my life is great,” he said. “I did the only thing I ever wanted to do, which is to be a wrestler and I succeeded. I always sit back and think. And I think I lost the career for nine years that I had more respect for him and to get him back.”
Bret Hart was a big influence on Edge’s early career as well. Known as “The Hitman” in the wrestling ranks, the Calgary native was featured on the Canadian talk show “The Dini Petty Show.” Edge happened to be at the taping and was able to get some sound advice from Hart, who told him to stick to his dream.
“It was huge because he was a WWF champion at that point. It was huge. And I considered him the best in the world, so for me to get the motivation and also to understand that he could not give me the answers to the test because. there were no answers, and there really are no answers,” he said. “You just have to keep plugging away.”
Edge said Hart’s advice at the time helped him impart some parting wisdom on younger guys who ask him for some tips.
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“I would never turn someone off, and I think a lot of that comes from following Bret’s example and understanding because you’re an 18-year-old kid sitting in the crowd at The Dini Petty Show with a bad mullet and a biker jacket, and he got me. And in the end, like a year, a year and a half, maybe two years later, I find myself at his house and getting in the ring with him. A lot of the things that happens as Bret takes interest.”
Edge would hit the independent circuit and train Hart, honing his in-ring skills and athleticism before making his WWE TV debut. He received a development contract in 1997 and made his debut in 1998.
With a universe filled with guys like The Rock, Mankind, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Kane, The Undertaker and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, he came out as Edge and billed as a tortured soul. But why “Edge?”
“I actually came up with Edge. I would have preferred Adam Copeland, but that’s not the way it really worked, right? I was doing dark games, and Don Callis and I were driving and the station radio, it was in. Albany and it was ‘Edge 1-0-something,’ and growing up in Toronto, Edge 102 was always one of my favorite stations,” he said.
“I was like, ‘Hmm, that has a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll feel to it, Edge.’ They were throwing around names like Rage, Riot, and you know it was the late ’90s, right? At least that’s something I could relate to a little bit better. And it stuck. “
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Edge’s career would take a significant turn when he teamed up with Gangrel and his lifelong friend, Christian, and became known as The Brood. After The Brood retired, Edge and Christian would have one of the most memorable tag team runs in WWE history.
Edge and Christian won the world tag team championship seven times. The two would feud with The Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz and create some of the most iconic matches in pro wrestling history. Ladder and board games, ladders and chair games were developed. In at least one scene, Edge would jump from one ladder and spear Jeff Hardy who was hanging from the belt buckle several feet above the ring.
While success as a tag team and singles competitor in the midcard was one thing, Edge didn’t really get a chance to chase the WWE Championship until 2006. He was the company’s first ever Money in the Bank winner. history and broke in against John Cena at New Year’s Revolution.
Then known as the “Rated-R Superstar,” Edge would rocket to the top of the company. He would become a seven-time world heavyweight champion and a four-time WWE champion at the peak of his career.
Serious injuries would prevent any further championship wins. Edge was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, fearing that a single bump or jolt could paralyze or even kill him. He would have a limited role on screen between 2011 and 2019.
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It wasn’t until 2020 that he was allowed to play again. Edge made a great comeback at the Royal Rumble. It was the biggest pop song of the night.
“I was hoping if we could keep it as under wraps as we could, so yeah, just for the big shock,” he told Fox News Digital when asked if he expected the reaction wild crowd.
“Because, just like everyone, I assumed it’s done,” he said about what he thought of his wrestling career at the time. “So, because of that, I assumed that there would be a pretty shocked reaction, and then you do it in a stadium and there is a chance that there will be a pretty good reaction. Although I thought that, it still doesn’t really prepare . You for all the emotions that really affect your system at that point. I felt like I was struck by lightning in a good way.”
Edge would later return as a regular and feud with Randy Orton, The Miz and AJ Styles. He would become the leader of the Doomsday faction before he turned and the confrontation with the members of that group began.
The Edge episode premieres at 8 pm ET on A&E.
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He said he expects fans who tune in to watch his mini-documentary and make their own conclusions about his career while pursuing his wrestling dreams.