The Ultimate Opportunist: Why the WWE's Edge Steals the Show and Title Belts
Well folks, he's done it again! The cat with nine lives has just added a few more to his cache`.
How many times have you seen a wrestler walk into a pay-per-view with the one championship, lose it, and leave with a totally different championship? Yeah me, neither.
Only the "Rated R Superstar" could pull off this type of feat. Not to mention the fact that Edge picked up his last WWE title reign by sliding into the Survivor Series after Jeff Hardy was beaten down by his brother Matt Hardy.
Despite that fact, Edge has been mainly used as a "transitional champion" (admit it all you "Edge-heads") to pass the belt along between Triple H, The Undertaker and other more long-term champions on the roster.
A 21-day run with the WWE Championship is hardly a legendary one like Hulk Hogan, Bob Backlund and other wrestling luminaries can claim, but a championship run is still a championship run... just ask Edge.
Although his total days as a singles heavyweight champ can't fill a calendar year, he's fast on the heels of Triple H and Ric Flair for the most times as champ.
Ever since Edge broke the glass ceiling to become a top singles wrestler, one thing was quite certain... no one was going to overlook Edge in the title picture.
Since then, he has eclipsed Triple H for having the sneakiest ways of picking up the belt in history. The former 12-time Tag Team champion, is on his eighth championship title run but almost none of them have been without some help.
If Matt Hardy didn't taken Jeff out in a blind rage and being married to the General Manager of Smackdown! Vickie Guerrero, Edge would never have had a chance to forcefully insert himself into the 2008 Armageddon Triple Threat match with Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov and leave with the belt.
Before that, in May of 2007, Edge took advantage of Mr. Kennedy by attacking him prior to a match for the "Money In The Bank" title shot.
Edge would make short work of Kennedy and cash in the MITB shot and defeat The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight title.
The opportunistic streak began when Edge took on a battered John Cena after Cena had retained the WWE belt against five other men in an Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution 2006. Edge faced Ric Flair earlier that night for Flair's Intercontinental Championship but was disqualified.
Luckily for him, Mr. Copeland had the boss, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, in his back pocket. McMahon told a "dazed and confused" Cena that Edge was cashing in his first "Money In The Bank" title against Cena right there. Edge picked up the victory and the belt for his first title run.
However, the tables actually turned on Edge as CM Punk cashed in his "MITB" briefcase against Edge on Raw in June 2008. Punk pulled an Edge by beating a weakened "Rated R Superstar."
The spotlight is fully on Edge as we march towards Wrestlemania 25, however with Edge's track record it seems likely he won't hold onto his prized belt past the "greatest spectacle in sports-entertainment".
But as we've learned in recent months, and was confirmed by his actions at "No Way Out", if he does lose the title, he won't be without a belt for long and no one... I mean no one...will know when the "scruffy rock star wrestler" will strike next!
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