In a world with such widespread publicity, one almost has to take on a rockstar persona in order to deal with it all. Lights are blaring, cameras flashing, and every move you make is televised to a nation-wide audience, especially in the high-octane world of the WWE. Once in a while, there comes a wrestler who just fits the part. Enter Adam "Edge" Copeland.
Edge is a rockstar in his core. He always rocked out with his long hair and beefy physique, and tossed his opponents all over the ring. His character has seen swings of both babyface and heel storylines, but the fans have shown their love for him regardless. His recent retirement still hasn't dampened their spirits, as fans continue to show support for Edge throughout the WWE Universe.
Edge was much more than a persona. He was a champion of a wrestler who has left his mark on the world of professional wrestling. His rags to riches story is one that's captivating and inspiring, and his commitment to family is one worth emulating.
But in the world of sports, numbers do all the talking. Whether it be RBIs in baseball or championship belts in wrestling, statistics have always been used to judge an athlete's lasting influence in their sport. Well, for those of you clamoring for statistics on Edge, you've come to the right place.
Here are the ten incredible statistics about Edge you don't want to miss:
10 He's Won 31 Total WWE Championships
Edge has earned a staggering number of belts, with a final tally coming in at 31 various championships won. It's an impressive feat, and certainly one of the indicators of his wrestling greatness.
The tally includes his eleven World Championships (comprised of four WWE Championships and seven World Heavyweight Championships). His seven individual World Heavyweight Championships are a WWE record. Also contributing to the cause are 14 World Tag Team Championships, 5 Intercontinental Championships, and 1 United States Championship. With all the accumulated hardware over the years, we wonder if the Rated-R Superstar has any room left in his trophy case!
9 The WWE Settled His $40,000 College Debt
Let's be honest, the price of post-secondary education in the modern era is a tad on the expensive side. Edge is rather familiar with this problem. As a jumpstart wrestler trying to make ends meet, he always had his college debts looming over his head.
The first wrestling deal Edge signed was very informal. The WWE basically instructed Edge to continue his hard work, and provided him with $210 a week for living expenses. He did just that, making show after show as heartfelt and memorable as possible until finally the league offered him a more standardized deal. On top of a substantial pay bump, the WWE offered to clear all of his outstanding college debt, a move Edge truly appreciated.
8 He Started Training at Age 18
Fun fact: Edge was voted "Most Likely to Become a WWE Superstar" in high school. Though the distinction turned out to be prophetic, his rise to stardom was anything but easy. Edge was raised by a single mother, and worked odd jobs at factories to help keep his family afloat.
It wasn't until he was 18 that a lucky break finally arrived. After winning an essay contest held by a Toronto gym, Edge received free wrestling training as his prize. The kid who grew up idolizing the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage then, unknowingly, had set off on a course to becoming a WWE legend of his own making.
7 He Won 7 Tag Team Championships with His Best Friend
As Edge tore through the independent scene, he developed a strong friendship with William Reso, known by his WWE persona Christian. When Edge finally received his WWE contract, essentially joining the "big leagues", Christian was not far behind. It seems inevitable now looking back on it that the two would team up and take the league by storm.
So close was their bond that the WWE began a storyline that they were in fact brothers. The two wrestlers dominated tag team competitions, winning their first Tag Team Championship in 2000 after defeating The Dudleys. The pair would go on a rampage for the better part of a year, winning the same championship belt 7 times by the time April 1, 2001 rolled around.
6 He's 6'5" and 241lbs
Edge is a rockstar through and through. He has the long hair, star personality, and the attitude to pull it all together. His stature is just one aspect that also adds to the overall image. Standing at 6'5" and 241 lbs, Edge is a prototypical WWE superstar cut from the same cloth as many other legends.
His body is another reason the WWE billed him as Christian's brother, as the two have rather similar builds. Both men are Caucasian, top 6 feet tall, and are over 200 pounds. Together they formed an intimidating duo, but that's not to say Edge has been completely reliant on his partner over the years. His physical prowess has led to many entertaining singles matches as well, and it's played a large part in every one of his 31 total wrestling championship victories.
5 He's been Married 2 Times
Edge, while successful within the ring, has had his share of troubles outside of it, particularly in the marriage department. Much like many rockstars, Edge enjoys flaunting his sex appeal, which has caused tensions with his relationships in the past.
His first marriage was to Alanah Morley, sister of Canadian wrestler Sean Morley. After two years of marriage, the couple split in 2004. Edge then married Lisa Ortiz, a relationship that ended due to allegations of infidelity. It certainly didn't help Edge's case when he participated in a rated-R display in the middle of the ring, using a bed as a prop. We'll let you fill in the missing pieces, but suffice it to say Ortiz quickly ended the marriage.
4 He Had 5 Finishing Moves
Edge was no stranger to theatrics. Some of his moves required a certain level of charisma and audience manipulation to pull off successfully. Usually, he got the job done in fantastic fashion, leaving the fans craving more Edge matches. Other times, well, he wasn't so lucky.
His list of finishers include: The Downward Spiral, Edgecator, Edgecution, One-Man Con Chair To, and his most famous, the Spear. Edge puns aside, his moves packed quite a punch. Unfortunately for Edge, sometimes he ended up on the losing side. In a tag team match, Edge tried preventing Brodus Clay from interfering while outside the ring. He ran at Clay and performed a Spear, only to clutch his neck immediately afterwards. Edge announced his retirement the following Monday, due to a cervical spinal stenosis diagnosis.
3 He's Appeared in 7 TV Shows
Following a WWE trend, Edge has also taken a liking to acting in his spare time. His filmography includes minor appearances in three movies, but it's his television experience that has received the most attention.
Edge has appeared in several popular television shows throughout the years. Several game shows such as Deal or No Deal and The Weakest Link have held wrestling specials in which he appeared alongside other wrestlers. Edge has also appeared on the comedy show Mind of Mencia, but his longest running appearance is on the show Haven where he plays Dwight Hendrickson. Edge continues the role to this day.
2 He's Worth $14 Million
Edge has seen himself become another rags to riches story in the WWE, experiencing widespread success towards the later years of his career. It was a tough journey to get there though, as his childhood was littered with the stress of keeping his small family afloat.
Now, according to therichest.com and other websites, Edge is worth an estimated $14 million . It's a lump sum that many could live off of, and Edge has surely earned the money. Whether it be through his illustrious wrestling career or his burgeoning career as an actor, Edge has proven that those from humble origins often have the drive to become great.
1 He Was Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012
Edge was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame shortly after his retirement announcement. He was introduced in the 2012 ceremony, fittingly, by his best friend and wrestling companion Christian, who gave the audience a little insight into who Edge is as a person.
Sporting a shorter than usual haircut, Edge then took the stage and gave thanks to his friends and family, especially his mother. As mentioned earlier, Edge was raised by a single mother, and gives her credit for his drive for success. He went on to say the greatest look he's ever seen on her face was when he bought her a house. Edge also left the audience with some words of wisdom, "decide what to be and go be it."