- Early life, childhood, and biography
Adam Copeland was born on October 30 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. He is the only child and was raised by his mother, Judy. Until this day, Copeland has neither met his biological father nor seen a picture of him. To support her son, his mother worked two jobs as a single mother. Copeland became interested in professional wrestling when he was a teenager, citing Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Mr Perfect, Randy Savage, and Shawn Michaels as his inspiration to wrestle. He even attended Wrestlemania 6 as an audience in 1990, in Toronto Skydome. Twelve years later, he returned to Toronto Skydome as a competitor for a match against Booker T, which he won. When Copeland was 17, he won a contest for essay writing at a local gym and the prize was a free wrestling training. He was trained by Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchison. Copeland is an alumnus of Humber College with a degree in radio broadcasting.
2. Wrestling career
He began his wrestling career in 1992. Prior using Edge as his best known ringname, he performed under various ringnames such like Adam Impact, Damon Striker, and Sexton Hardcastle. Copeland wrestled in various US independent promotions throughout 1992-1997 until he was signed with WWE in 1997. He won Intercontinental championship as his first ever title in WWE at a house show in Toronto two years later. Not only successful as a singles competitor, he also gained another fame when he formed a tag team with Christian, his childhood friend by winning Tag Team championship on seven different occasions. Through his tenure in WWE, he won 31 championships in WWE, including 4 WWE championships, 1 United States championships, 7 World Heavyweight championships, 14 Tag Team championships, and 5 Intercontinental championships. He was also the first ever winner of Money in The Bank ladder match in 2005, 2010 Royal Rumble winner, and 2001 King of The Ring winner, making him as the first wrestler who achieved all those accomplishments. He also headlined multiple pay per views in WWE, including Wrestlemania 24. Copeland retired from wrestling on 2011 due to serious neck injury and numbness within his arms. Wrestlemania 27 is his last ever appearance inside the WWE ring, where he retained the World Heavyweight title against Alberto Del Rio. A week later after Wrestlemania, Copeland announced his retirement from professional wrestling and vacated his World Heavyweight title. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 by his best friend since childhood and former tag team partner, Christian
3. Acting career
Copeland has appeared in various movies and TV shows. He was a contestant in Deal or No Deal in March 2007 along with fellow WWE superstars, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Bobby Lashley. Copeland was also a main cast in a 2011 TV series, Haven, where he played Dwight Hendrickson, a troubled man who has an ability to control bullet. On July 2015, it was announced that Copeland would join the cast of The Flash where he would portray a villain named Atom Smash a.k.a Al Rothstein.
4. Personal life
Copeland stands 196 cm and weighs 109 kg. He resides in Asheville, North Carolina but also owns a home in his hometown, Toronto. He is a childhood friend of his tag team partner, Christian. Fans often asks him if Christian is really his brother or no because they were billed as brothers during their time in WWE. Copeland later stated although he and Christian were not brothers in real life, but Christian was always considered as his sibling. Copeland doesn’t smoke. He claims that he had his first cigar when he was 16 but however he hated it and has quit since. An autobiography of him, titled Adam Copeland On Edge was released on November 4 2004. He has been married three times, first to Alannah Morley on November 18 2001. After 3 years of marriage, they divorced on March 10 2004. Seven months later, on October 21 2004, Copeland married Lisa Ortiz. However, the couple divorced on November 17 2005. He is currently married to fellow professional wrestler, Beth Phoenix, with whom he has 2 daughters: Lyric and Ruby.
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