Early life[ edit ] Copeland was born in Orangeville, Ontario ,   the son of Judy Copeland, a single parent who worked two jobs to support her son. The school's practice ring was a byfoot boxing ring with a harder mat than that of a typical wrestling ring. The ceiling above it was low, with exposed pipes, preventing top-rope moves from being performed.
Copeland later credited this environment with forcing him to drill and improve his technical mat-based wrestling. His classmates included Johnny Swinger , Joe E. Impressed, he suggested Copeland send an audition tape to the WWF. He spent his tour earnings on a plane ticket and landed with no money or place to stay.
He called Johnny Smith , whom he would met twice, and Smith agreed to give him food and shelter. Copeland returned to the Maritimes for another Grand Prix tour before going back to Hart's house, bringing Christian with him.
After this camp, Hart was impressed enough to put in a good word for both men at the WWF. Copeland received a developmental contract with the WWF in A Decade of Decadence.
Upon completing his training, Copeland made his WWF television debut on the June 22, episode of Raw as Edge, a loner character who entered the arena through the crowd for his matches. Edge and Christian — [ edit ] Main article: Edge and Christian Christian with Edge right in their Brood attire, which they used along with gothic symbols Edge was then placed in a feud against the vampire wrestler Gangrel.
During the feud, Gangrel introduced Christian, Edge's storyline brother, as his ally. Squad in a six-man tag team match. Soon after, they lost the tag titles to Too Cool but won them back in a Four corners elimination match at King of the Ring. At Fully Loaded , they defended the titles against The Acolytes Protection Agency Faarooq and Bradshaw where they got disqualified but retained the titles.
After retaining the titles at SummerSlam , at Unforgiven , Edge and Christian defended the titles against The Hardy Boyz in a Steel Cage match where they lost the titles and were not allowed another title shot.
They won them back days later on Smackdown! Championship reigns and various feuds — [ edit ] Edge went on to solidify himself as an emerging singles competitor by winning the King of the Ring tournament in and becoming a face again by siding with the WWF during the Invasion storyline. Edge first defeated Regal at Vengeance to retain the championship: Perfect , and at WrestleMania X8 , Edge found himself in a match with Booker T that was the result of Edge beating out Booker for a fictitious Japanese shampoo endorsement.
Upon arriving there, he began a feud with Kurt Angle. At Backlash , Edge defeated Angle and later culminated in Edge shaving Angle's head following a hair vs. In the process, Edge injured his arm and would be forced out of action for a month. They met one final time days later on SmackDown!
He then formed a tag team with Rey Mysterio , and the two participated in a tournament for the newly created and SmackDown! On the November 7 episode of SmackDown! Edge competed in the man Royal Rumble match on January 19, , where he had three eliminations before getting eliminated by Chris Jericho. Prior to No Way Out , Edge suffered a legitimate neck injury, rendering him unable to compete in his scheduled match.
At the event on February 23, Edge was written off television through a backstage attack. He then underwent surgery with Dr. Lloyd Youngblood and was sidelined for over a year. The team disbanded when Edge won the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance defeating Randy Orton , thus becoming a five time Intercontinental Champion.
Following a legitimate groin injury in a non-televised match, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the Intercontinental title. Michaels won the audience vote to receive the title shot, giving Edge and Benoit a tag team title shot.
During the match, an angry Edge abandoned his partner although Benoit managed to win the title on his own  and instead interfered in the main event, costing Michaels the championship. After the conclusion of the match, Edge attacked Benoit, officially turning heel for the first time since On the November 29 episode of Raw, both Edge and Benoit competed in a number one contender's battle royal , but they eliminated each other simultaneously at the conclusion of the match, resulting in a draw.
In the match, Benoit locked the Crippler Crossface on Edge, who shifted his weight putting Benoit's shoulders on the mat for a pin. This match also ended in a draw for Benoit and Edge, as Benoit made Edge submit at the same time the referee counted a pinfall for Edge.
Shawn Michaels acting as special guest referee performed a superkick on Edge, in retaliation for an accidental spear by Edge, causing Edge to be the first eliminated. However, he was talked into competing by the other participants like Jericho and Glenn Jacobs who said the match had the potential to be a big success. Several weeks after, Edge was then paired with Lita , his real-life girlfriend at the time, in an angle in which she betrayed her storyline husband Kane, by costing him a number-one contender match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Edge faced even more scorn from fans due to this relationship, which lasted over a year. The next week, Edge received his World Heavyweight Championship match against Batista, which he lost. Edge started a feud with Kane leading to several matches between them including one at Vengeance , when Edge lost to Kane.
After trading several victories on Raw, 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. Hardy referred to Edge as "Adam" and issued a threat to Lita as well. Edge used his talk show to start a feud with Ric Flair following Flair's well-publicized arrest in connection with a road rage incident.
The following night on Raw, Edge decided to celebrate his victory by having "hot, unbridled sex" in the middle of the ring. He and Lita engaged in foreplay until they were interrupted by Flair, who called Edge a disgrace and "that he was horrible in the sack". Triple H was involved in a feud with Cena at the time, resulting in a triple threat match at Backlash , where Cena pinned Triple H to retain the title. Foley, however, betrayed his friend Tommy Dreamer with Edge's assistance.
At the event, Edge retained the title by pinning Cena after he hit him in the back of the head with a pair of brass knuckles when the referee was not looking. Edge later unveiled the new "Rated-R" version of the belt.