WWE Tribute to Edge: Top 10 Most Memorable Moments
There had been some speculation that Edge would retire within the next year, but I don't think any of us saw this coming, especially after it was announced that he would face Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match at Extreme Rules.
As a tribute to Edge, let's celebrate his career and look back on the top 10 moments during his glorious run in WWE.
10. Edge Starts the "You Suck" Chant for Kurt Angle's Entrance Music
Back in 2002, when most of us only knew Edge as one half of the multi-time tag team champion duo of Edge and Christian, he embarked on a memorable feud with Kurt Angle that led to a hair vs. hair match (a look which Angle still sports today).
As can be seen in the video, Edge gave us one of the most memorable chants in WWE history that will live on forever.
The chant became so popular that WWE even began to market the phrase "you suck" and put it on t-shirts and other merchandise, promoting Angle.
Hopefully Edge got some kick back for creating such a memorable moment that WWE made a ton of money off.
9. ECW Fans Rejoice as Edge Screws John Cena out of the Title
Edge has shown up to surprisingly screw a number of WWE superstars out of championships, but none was more memorable than showing up in a motorcycle helmet at One Night Stand in 2006 to cost John Cena the WWE Championship.
The ECW fans were ready to riot if "Super Cena" retained the WWE Title against their beloved Rob Van Dam.
RVD was cashing in his Money in the Bank opportunity for his shot at the WWE Title, and Edge helped him capture his first taste of major WWE gold.
After Edge speared Cena, the crowd chanted, "Thank you Edge!" showing their gratitude to the Rated-R Superstar.
This would lead to one of Edge's greatest feuds in WWE with John Cena over the summer of 2006.
8. Edge and Lita Get Raw
In a moment that will never be seen on WWE television again, Edge and Lita had a creative way to celebrate Edge's first reign as WWE Champion: a live sex celebration.
In what was the highest-rated segment on Raw in years, the Rated-R superstar earned his name.
Then Ric Flair and John Cena had to interrupt, which ultimately led to Edge losing the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble.
Still, this was one of the most memorable moments in WWE history, and will be talked about as one of the last great raunchy moments pre-PG era.
7. Edge Gets Personal with Matt Hardy
Problems arise all the time with wrestlers stealing other wrestlers' girlfriends, but no other recent incident has been as publicized as Lita leaving Matt Hardy for Edge.
This feud was so intense that Hardy was actually fired from WWE in 2005 related to this incident.
These two competitors had epic hardcore, no holds barred matches that had some of the most raw emotion you will ever see in a WWE ring.
Edge clearly moved on from the incident as he became one the greatest WWE champions ever, while Matt Hardy still is feeling the effects today as he toils in TNA.
6. Edge Returns To Win the 2010 Royal Rumble
When Edge was injured in the summer of 2009, most speculated that he would be out for over a year recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
Yet, as the clock hit zero for the 29th competitor in the 2010 Royal Rumble, the Ultimate Opportunist made a surprise return that none of us saw coming.
Edge returned to eliminate his former tag team partner, Chris Jericho, and then went on to win the event and main event WrestleMania XXVI.
Edge would go on to face Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship at WM XXVI, ultimately losing, but that does not take away from the fact that he shocked the world by coming back several months early from a devastating injury.
5. Edge Becomes the First Mr. Money in the Bank
None of us knew what to expect from the first Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 21.
It seemed at the time like a great idea for the superstars who were not involved in any major storyline at the time.
It also seemed like it had the potential to be a wildly entertaining match with a number of huge spots.
Little did we know what it would develop into.
MITB turned into the building block for a number of superstars who would make the leap to superstardom and the World Championship.
And Edge was the first one to achieve this success.
For years we had seen Edge come so close to being a consummate main-eventer and a world title contender.
This made Edge a legitimate threat at any time to challenge for any championship, and superstars like Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Jack Swagger and the Miz can all credit Edge for showing the ropes on how to leverage MITB to win their first World Championship.
4. Edge and Foley Get Their WrestleMania Moment
When you say, "WrestleMania 22," this is the image that immediately comes to mind.
Most people viewed Edge as a transitional champion.
They said he was only in the main event picture for a short amount of time since John Cena had become stale (sound familiar).
Edge lost the WWE title less than one month after New Year's Revolution and was thrown into a match with Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22, while Triple H got to fight Cena for the title.
But that did not stop Edge's determination to stay at the forefront.
I will never forget Edge's bare-back with hundreds of thumbtacks in it or getting hit in the head with a barbed-wire bat.
With that being said, everyone will always remember when Lita lit the table on fire and Edge speared Foley through a flaming table.
In my mind, this solidified Edge as a legitimate top star in WWE. It showed that he was willing to do anything to be at the top of the company, as he would be for the next five years.
3. Tables, Ladders and Chairs: Oh My!
Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock and Triple H all defined the Attitude Era, but one of the greatest creations in all of wrestling was the TLC match.
The idea developed out of the epic matches between Edge and Christian, the Hardys and the Dudley Boyz.
Since Edge and Christian were con-chair-to specialists, the Hardys played extreme on ladders and the Dudleys were always ready to "get the table," the TLC genre was created.
There were so many spots throughout these matches that it could be a list of its own.
The idea was so well-developed that it ultimately led to its own pay-per-view each December.
The fact of the matter is that this genre helped develop guys like Edge and Jeff Hardy into household names (and future WWE champions).
Without Edge though (and the other five men), there would be no TLC, and most likely these men would have never elevated to the status that we all know them for today.
2. Edge and Jeff Hardy Become Famous
Very few WrestleMania moments are more memorable than this.
I think at one point or another, we had all thought that it would be really cool to see someone hang from the belt with no ladder below to win a title.
Never in a million years did I think that Jeff Hardy would actually do it.
And never in my wildest dreams did I think that Edge would spear him off a 20-foot ladder, while he was hanging from said title belt.
In my opinion, this is why Edge and Jeff Hardy became huge stars in WWE.
They showed that they were not afraid to rise to the occasion on the grandest stage of them all.
On a card that featured Stone Cold vs. the Rock and the Undertaker vs. Triple H, the moment that had everyone talking was Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from 20 feet above the ring.
This is one of the top "spots" in WWE history.
1. Edge Fulfills His Dream and Wins the WWE Championship
This was honestly the last match I was genuinely excited for in WWE.
We had seen another "Super Cena" moment, where Cena overcame the odds and beat Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Chris Masters and Carlito to retain the WWE Championship.
Many of us had hoped that Cena would finally lose the title after holding on to it for nine months.
And then Vince McMahon came out and told WWE personnel to raise the Elimination Chamber.
As I said previously, none of us knew what to expect out of the Money in the Bank briefcase.
And then Edge's music hit, and I literally jumped out of my chair.
Edge would come to the ring after John Cena had been involved in a match for nearly a half an hour and earn his nickname, "the Ultimate Opportunist."
I was so angry after Edge hit the first spear and Cena kicked out because I wanted to finally see something different.
Then, Edge hit the second spear, and the rest if history.
Edge had finally become a legitimate WWE Champion; the first of many in his illustrious career.
You could see the elation in his face, and even the crowd cheered for him, even though he was one of the biggest heels at the time.
This was a moment that overcame storylines and characters; this was a man that finally achieved his dream.
I would like to thank Edge for all the years of entertainment he has provided us all with and wish him the best of luck in whatever he chooses to do with his life. Thank God he made the choice to leave while he was still on top and could enjoy the rest of his life.