Edge started working for the WWE without an official contract and finally signed a developmental contract with the company in 1997. After completing his training, Copeland made his WWF television debut on the June 22, 1998, episode of Raw as Edge, a loner character who entered the arena through the crowd for his matches.
In 1998, Edge entered into a feud with Gangrel but later on formed the faction called "The Brood" along with Gangrel and Christian. The trio had a brief feud with The Undertaker's ministry before Edge won his first singles Championship-- The Intercontinental Championship in June 1999.
Edge and Christian then started a feud with the Hardy Boyz who were now joined by Gangrel as the "The New Brood". The two teams went on a long feud with each other competing at various events trading wins and losses. At WrestleMania 2000, Edge and Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz to win the WWF Tag Team Championship in a ladders match.
Edge and Christian turned heel soon with villainous yet funny antics such as the five-second pose. E&C along with the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz were part of the first three tag-team TLC matches and won two out of the three matches.
Edge went on to become a singles star after winning the 2001 King Of The Ring Tournament. He also captured the US Championship from Kurt Angle from Kurt Angle. Edge continued to feud with Christian, William Regal, and Booker T over the next few months and defeated Booker T at Wrestlemania 18 before being drafted to Smackdown.
On Smackdown he feuded with Kurt Angle and briefly teamed with Rey Mysterio. Edge was later sidelined due to a neck injury.
After Wrestlemania XX, Edge was drafted back to RAW where he went on to win the Tag Team Championships along with Chris Benoit and then later won the Intercontinental Championship for a fifth time before being stripped of it due to a groin injury.
After his return, Edge began a heel turn which culminated with him attacking his Tag Team partner Chris Benoit and going full heel.
Edge won the first ever Money In The Bank Match at Wrestlemania 21 and began a feud with Kane afterwards with Lita as his manager. The feud ended in a stretcher match on the July 25 episode of Raw that Edge won, but shortly after, Kane performed a tombstone piledriver on Lita.
Next, Edge started a program with real-life friend turned foe: Matt Hardy. The feud culminated in a Loser Leaves Raw ladder match at Homecoming on October 3, which Edge won.
At New Year's Revolution, Edge challenged John Cena for the WWE Championship after the former had retained in a grueling Elimination Chamber match. The Rated R Superstar went on to defeat Cena and win his first WWE Championship in the process.
Edge then briefly teamed with Randy Orton, the duo calling themselves Rated RKO. He later went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating The Undertaker and became a member of the Smackdown by doing so, where he formed a faction called "La Familia" along with Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Vickie Guerrero(then Smackdown GM) and later on Chavo Guerrero. At WrestleMania XXIV, Edge lost the World Heavyweight Championship to the Undertaker when he tapped out to the Hell's Gate.
Edge was then involved in a feud with Batista followed by a program between him CM Punk and Jeff Hardy revolving around the World Heavyweight Championship.
Edge won his record 12th Tag Team Championship along with Chris Jericho in 2009. However, Edge had to be sidelined because of his injury and Jericho replaced him with Big Show instead.
Edge made his return as a face At the Royal Rumble event on January 31, 2010, and challenged Chris Jericho unsuccessfully at Wrestlemania 26 for the World Heavyweight Championship.
At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Edge successfully defended his World Heavyweight Championship in an Elimination Chamber match.However, After he defended his championship, he was attacked by Alberto Del Rio but was saved by the returning Christian. Edge and Christian briefly reunited to defeat Alberto and his NXT bodyguard Brodus Clay. At WrestleMania XXVII, Edge successfully defended the World Title against Alberto Del Rio at the event. This was also his last televised match before he had to retire from pro-wrestling due to cervical spinal stenosis.
Edge was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on On March 31, 2012, before the Wrestlemania 28 show.
Major Championships Held
- WCW United States Championship (1x)
- World Heavyweight Championship (7x)
- WWE Championship (4x)
- WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (5x)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (2x) – with Rey Mysterio (1) and Chris Jericho (1)
- WWF/World Tag Team Championship (12x) – with Christian (7), Hollywood Hulk Hogan (1), Chris Benoit (2), Randy Orton (1) and Chris Jericho (1)
Edge Interesting trivia
After his untimely retirement in 2011, Edge has moved towards a career in acting and been a part of various television shows including major recurring roles in shows like Haven and Vikings. Edge also has his own show on the WWE network
- "You Think You Know Me" by Jim Johnston (June 22, 1998)
- "Blood" by Jim Johnston (October 26, 1998 – August 1999; used while a part of The Brood)
- "On the Edge" by Jim Johnston (October 2, 1999 – September 2001; October 26, 2002; April 18, 2004 – October 19, 2004)
- "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" by Rob Zombie (September 20, 2001 – March 22, 2004)
- "Metalingus" by Alter Bridge (November 1, 2004 – present)
People also ask
Why did Edge Retire from WWE?
8 Years before he announced his retirement Edge broke is neck.
Is Edge retired?
11 April 2011
How did edge injured his neck?
Edge took a bump where he landed on the ladder, causing him to feel enormous tingling.
Is Adam Copeland on Vikings?
Adam Copeland, who is WWE Hall of Famer Edge is in Vikings