After a decade and a half, most of which saw him dominate at the main event level, Edge was forced to retire after an accumulation of neck injuries. It was not the sort of exit befitting such an important figure in WWE history, and certainly not how any top name should have gone out. Thankfully, he now has the chance to end his career on his own terms.
WWE may have rewarded him generously with a Hall of Fame induction and almost a lifetime of non-in-ring work, but the real-life Adam Copeland wanted to do things his way, at least now. As a result, fans saw him on TV shows, host podcasts, stay active on social media, and much more. Here’s a look at how the Canadian kept himself occupied outside his commitments with the Fed.
Edge has accrued quite a few acting credits to his name, especially after his initial retirement. He was also part of the popular History Channel (Canadian network) show Vikings from 2017 to 2020.
The historical drama television series follows the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok, his crew, family, and descendants. Edge portrayed Kjetill Flatnose, a recurring character in the fifth and sixth seasons of the show.
9 beth phoenix
Edge has been linked with many women during his career and famously dated fellow Hall of Famer Lita when he was breaking out as a main event singles star in WWE. The affair was quite the scandal back in the day, especially since he was still married and the extreme Diva was dating Matt Hardy.
However, the Orangeville, Ontario, native has put those scandalous days behind him and is now a loving husband and father. For those who are unaware, he is married to fellow Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
8 battling depression
There was a time in 2018 when Edge was battling depression and eating unhealthily. He had lost his father-in-law and mother within two months and was eating lots of donuts as a coping mechanism for his depression.
Luckily, one fine day, he looked at his daughters and thought he needed to be better. That’s when the Rated R Superstar began eating clean again, and that was kind of the start to his return to the ring a few years later.
7 Reclaiming Body And Life
Edge now swears by a healthy, focused meal schedule he religiously follows to remain in shape, especially now that he is back in the ring. I have found the perfect partners in the form of a meal prep company, Nutrition Solutions.
In fact, after deciding to fight depression and eat healthily, the WWE Triple Crown Champion found this organization and chartered out a diet for himself. Along with working at the gym, he went from 250 pounds to 220.
6 Has Not Met His Father
Edge had a hard life growing up, as his mother was a single parent working to support him. In fact, he has never met, nor ever seen a picture of him, his father.
This was why the tag team legend had to do multiple odd jobs so that they could keep the household running. This is where his love and passion for pro wrestling came into being.
5 Essay Contest Win
Aged 16, Edge attended a WWE show at the Toronto SkyDome in 1990. He cheered on WWE Champion Hulk Hogan, who was facing Intercontinental champion The Ultimate Warrior, crediting this match as the reason for wanting to be a wrestler.
Soon enough, at 17, he won an essay contest at his local gym, with the prize being free wrestling training with Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchison in Toronto. However, the teenager had to put his wrestling aspirations aside to help pay the bills by taking up jobs.
Like many successful figures, Edge, too, has chronicled his life for all to read and enjoy. In fact, it is an autobiography, Adam Copeland on Edgethat came out on November 4, 2004.
Interestingly, unlike many other celebrities, he wrote the autobiography himself in longhand instead of hiring a ghostwriter. He has joined the likes of one-time rival Mick Foley to have written their own autobiographies. In fact, it was the former Mankind who wrote the foreword to Edge’s book.
3 HGH controversy
Come March 2007, Edge got embroiled in the alleged steroid ring and drug investigation. On March 19, at Sports Illustrated article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including the Ultimate Opportunist, suspected to have obtained human growth hormone (HGH), used by numerous professional athletes in several sports.
Edge had previously admitted to using steroids after neck surgery as an experiment, but he quickly got off them. He also revealed that he took HGH post a spinal fusion neck surgery on doctors’ advice, as they claimed it would help the bones grow back around the screws and plate inserted into his neck from him.
two Previous Marriage
Edge may be a devoted family man, but it took him a long way to get here. He has been married thrice, including his current relationship with Beth Phoenix.
His first marriage was to Alannah Morley, the sister of Sean Morley (Val Venis), on November 8, 2001. They divorced on March 10, 2004. The former Brood member’s second marriage was to Lisa Ortiz on October 21, 2004, but they divorced on November 17, 2005, after his affair with Lita.
1 DC Connection
The world today is all about that Marvel versus DC debate, and these companies’ various media, including comics and movies, help hype this argument even more. For those WWE and comics book fans who are unaware, Edge has a connection to DC.
The WWE star acted as Al Rothstein/Atom Smasher in the 2014 American superhero television drama series Flash. Fans can see him in Episode 1 of Season 2 of the series titled, The Man Who Saved Central City.