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Why Edge Is The Greatest Superstar of the Past Decade

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Yes, you read that correctly. Adam Copeland, A.K.A Edge was the greatest superstar of the past decade. That's right, no Triple H, no Shawn Michaels, no Undertaker and certainly no John Cena. I write this article with a burning certainty as well as an unbiased mind. Now if you have read the article up to this point i beseech you to continue reading this article. Hear me out. I am going to back up my claim with actual facts. My username may be RatedRKO, but believe me I will speak with a sound mind.

Edge is literally the figure of a childhood dream. Going from watching WrestleMania, to main eventing WrestleMania, Edge has proven to be one of the greatest superstars of all time but just what makes him better than all the rest. Let's examine this shall we?

Titles:

Edge has over fifty personal title reigns in his career. Fifty. That in of itself is impeccable. Where to start? He has four WWE Title reigns, a record seven World Title Reigns, 11 TIME Tag Team Champion, five time IC Champion and add in a US Title Reign in there as well. His tag teams had great partners including Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton (my personal favorite), Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and even the great Hulk Hogan. Edge was a specialist in getting his titles and he was very versatile. Whether he was in the mid-card or main eventing, you could always count every year that Edge would hold a major title. Think to yourself, when would you see Cena hold an IC Title or Triple H hold a US Title? Edge would hold any.

Unpredictability:

Now let's be serious here. Edge has had the distinction of doing things we would never think possible, especially in today's era. Where to begin? First of all, do you realize that he is the only wrestler in WWE History to hold both the WWE Title and World Title on the same night? I am referring to No Way Out in 2009 where he lost the WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber thanks to a quick roll-up from Jeff Hardy, attacked Kofi Kingston, took his spot, pinned John Cena, and won the World Title in the second elimination chamber. He truly speaks up to his nickname, the "Ultimate Oppurtunist". How about 2006? in one of the highest rated RAW's in WWE History, he did, being respectful here, the "dance with no pants" (if you know what I mean) with Lita. For all of the perverts out there, this was Christmas come early. But doing something like that, in that time, it was unthinkable. But boy did the fans get their money's worth on that night. Edge has done other things that really boggles the mind I can't even say all of them now. But considering the fact that you would never see anything like this from HBK, Triple H or even Cena, I'd say he is pretty special. Oh yea, he also had two weddings. Two.

Memorable Moments:

Edge also has a plethora of memorable moments, most of them involving risky behavior. Remember WrestleMania 17? Good. How about that Triple Threat TLC Match for the tag titles? You know, the match that won "Match of the Year"? Good. Now that you have the scene, I think you know what I am talking about. Jeff Hardy is hanging on the titles for dear life from the ring. Edge climbs a ladder, and spears him in mid-air. One of the greatest singular Mania moments ever. That's undisputed. Another great wrestlemania moment was in WrestleMania 22, in his hardcore match against Mick Foley. With a burning table hovering below Foley, Edge risks it all and spears Foley right through the table. This just shows you how willing Edge was to win, putting his own well-being at stake. People may not remember this as much, but spearing Chris Jericho through the barricade at WrestleMania 26 was pretty great as well. How about spearing Undertaker through a part of the cell at Summerslam 2008? Perhaps his most memorable moment, however, may come when he first cashed in Money In The Bank for the first time against a defenseless John Cena, setting the precedent for cashing in on such occassions. He would do it the next year, this time against the Undertaker. Those are two very important people to cash in on but Edge had the balls to do it anyway. Speaking of the Undertaker, he also came very close to ending the streak at WrestleMania 24.


Wrestling Ability:

Edge's wrestling skill is so underestimated, it's mind boggling. Whether it was his impaler DDT or whether it was his high flying moves, he could play the role of a brawler and a highflyer. As he grew older he spent less time off the top rope but still put on entertaining matches. Heck, he even once gave John Cena a Frakensteiner off the top rope at Summerslam 2006. Over the years he added a plethora of submissions move as well. This includes the crossface, the sleeper, and the Edgecator. When watching his matches, pay attention to how he tries to make sure his match is the best he can make it.

Role-Playing:

Edge is a great role player. Give him a role and he will excel. Whether he is working in the mid-card or main event, he is always a top draw because of his versatility, a trait that I don't think Cena, Undertaker or Triple H would work well in. He could be in the ring with Zack Ryder and make him look like a million bucks. That's how good he is. He puts his ego aside, because of his love for the business and shuns Triple H and Cena in the art of putting over others. As a heel, he was one of the best in the business. These days, these heels get cheered sometimes because they are cool and have that extra characteristic. Edge, however, would just get straight up booed and try to make sure everybody in the crowd hated his guts. Meanwhile as a face, he would do the opposite and he was an instant fan favorite. Maybe Cena should consider turning to the dark side.

Edge may not have the charisma that Cena, Triple H, HBK and Undertaker have, but that should be no reason to underappreciate the Rated R Superstar. The Ultimate Oppurtunist. Edge, I believed carried the company in every way possible. Despite the lack of mainstream attention, his contributions cannot be denied and believe me, if you really look into it, you'll see what I mean.

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  1. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Edge isn't though, he is one of the biggest or best superstars of this past decade, but not #1. I'd say top 10 and not top 5.
  2. Marx's Avatar
    I love Edge. Great guy, great wrestler. Made other people look good. Gave everything. Good actor (I mean in the ring, not his acting career, don't know about that).

    Edge might be the best worker of the decade. He made everyone look good. But John Cena is the wrestler of the decade. Edge dropped from main event to upper midcard a few times, while Cena consequently was in the main event carrying the show, putting on great matches whilst headlining PPV's. What we the IWC think of him does not matter, Cena has been the king of w(we)restle mountain for the last decade.
  3. RatedRKO's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatOne
    Edge isn't though, he is one of the biggest or best superstars of this past decade, but not #1. I'd say top 10 and not top 5.
    I'm sorry. NOT TOP 5? Five superstars who have done more in the past decade than Edge. Name them. I would like to hear it.
  4. RatedRKO's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Marx
    I love Edge. Great guy, great wrestler. Made other people look good. Gave everything. Good actor (I mean in the ring, not his acting career, don't know about that).

    Edge might be the best worker of the decade. He made everyone look good. But John Cena is the wrestler of the decade. Edge dropped from main event to upper midcard a few times, while Cena consequently was in the main event carrying the show, putting on great matches whilst headlining PPV's. What we the IWC think of him does not matter, Cena has been the king of w(we)restle mountain for the last decade.

    I acknowledge everything Cena has done for the past decade but at the same time it would be nice to see him switch it up a little while. I mean come on now. Edge started winning titles in the mid card and tag team division before Cena got to Smackdown in 2002. Edge, I believe, was the more expendable one. Cena made have been able to main event almost every PPV he was in, but at the same time, it isn't like we haven't seen it before. That influenced my decision a lot.
  5. luduca444's Avatar
    I totally agree. I also like to use Edge as en example of how someone who has potential but isn't getting pushed doesnt mean they'll never be a big star. How long was Edge in the midcard before he became a main eventer? From '98 to 2004, that's 6 years of being a midcarder. And people complain that Sandow or Cesaro or Barrett isn't getting a push? They have the rest of their careers to be big stars.

    Sorry to go off-topic, but Edge is an example of how spending a lot of time in the midcard isn't dooming a career.
  6. Kajmere's Avatar
    Good blog. The WM TLC matches were actually over 10 yrs ago, so they contradict your timeline.

    Personally, I'd put Cena, HBK, Taker, and HHH above Edge. HBK didn't need titles to be the best match maker every year, Taker and Cena beat Edge at the big one, and HHH always screamed bigger star to me than Edge personally. He's still one of the greatest though, perhaps either #5 or #6 after Jericho.
    Updated 06-16-2013 at 07:12 PM by Kajmere
  7. akbar's Avatar
    Definitely top 5 I don't know about the greatest, great commitment but couple of outstanding matches isn't enough when you compare him to HBK or memorable moments when you compare him to Cena. Good blog though
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