On Sunday, June 14th, Edge and Randy Orton will do battle in what is being billed as “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever”. Now, I personally don’t know if this match will be the greatest ever, but I do know a few things. Edge can put on instant classics, Randy Orton can put on instant classics, and I am definitely intrigued about this match.
But this isn’t about that match, this is about the man that made his return at the 2020 Royal Rumble, Edge. Debuting in 1992, Edge has been apart of some of WWF/E’s most memorable moments, either by himself or with his long time best friend and tag partner Christian. We’re going to look at some of those moments, by outlining Edge’s most memorable career moments.
Live Sex Celebration
Alright, let’s get this one out of the way early, because I know it’s on everybody’s mind. After Edge successfully cashed in the Money in the Bank contract (more on that later) on John Cena to win his first WWE Championship, is fans were treated to something we’d never think we’d ever see. The following night, Edge and Lita would take part in one of the most memorable moments not only in Edge’s career, but in WWE history. All night they teased it. Before every commercial, creepy Jerry Lawler would remind us that we were going to see live sex on television, and let me say, 11 year old me could not wait! Obviously, Edge and Lita didn’t have sex on TV. There was a bed in the middle of the ring and the two engaged in some foreplay when Ric Flair interrupted and ate a con-chair-to from Edge. Cena ran down and gave Lita an FU, while Edge fled the scene. This segment will live on forever, for better or worse. (Better….always for better)
Money in the Bank Contract Win
At WrestleMania 21, WWE held the very first Money in the Bank ladder match. The match included Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian, Kane, Shelton Benjamin, and the eventual winner, our man Edge. The match itself was spectacular and was full of memorable moments. Shelton hit a t-bone suplex on Edge off of a ladder, and then did one of the most iconic spots in MITB history, running up a ladder like a ramp and clotheslining Jericho. Benoit climbed the ladder and was stopped by Kane, but following multiple headbutts to the Big Red Machine, Kane fell to the floor. Benoit went for the briefcase, but was hit with a steel chair by Edge, who then climbed the ladder, grabbed the briefcase, and won the match. It’s crazy too, because Edge later said that he didn’t want to be in the match in the first place! It took Jericho and Kane convincing Edge that the match had potential to be a big success. Let’s thank Jeri-GOAT and Kane for that.
WWE Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In
Might as well stick with the Money in the Bank, since it is most certainly a memorable moment. At the 2006 New Year’s Revolution, Edge challenged Ric Flair for the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, Flair locked Lita in the figure four leglock, and Edge attacked him with the briefcase, disqualifying himself from the match. Later in the night, John Cena defended his WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match against Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Kane, Carlito, and Chris Masters. The match was really solid, and Cena won by rolling up Carlito to retain his title. Cena, with blood leaking from his face, was laying in the ring when Vince McMahon’s music hit. Vince said the night wasn’t over, and there was one more match while demanding the Elimination Chamber be raised. He then said that Edge is cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, and the match began. Following an attack in the corner, and two spears, Edge won his first world title in the WWE. The crowd went absolutely ballistic, and the passion and happiness on Edge’s face was priceless, and is one of my favorite Money in the Bank cash-ins of all time.
No Mercy 1999
Now, some of you may not remember this, but trust me, it’s a pivotal moment in Edge’s career. Leading up to No Mercy, Edge and Christian and The Hardy Boyz (then The New Brood) were in a rivalry called the Terri Invitational Tournament. The winner of this best-of-five series would win the managerial services of Terri Runnels. After taking the first win, the teams would split the next 3, setting up their deciding match at No Mercy 1999. At No Mercy, a bag with $100,000 hung from the ceiling, and the winners of the match were to climb one of the two ladders in the ring and retrieve the bag. This match had way to many moments to outline them here, but what’s important is the aftermath. Edge and Christian lost the match, but this match was absolutely incredible. Matt Hardy would later say that this match elevated the teams from “WWF wrestlers to WWF Superstars”. The crowd received standing ovations not only after the match, but also the following night on Raw is War! The main event of No Mercy ’99 was Triple H vs. Stone Cold in an anything goes match for the WWF Championship. It was a solid 21 minute match, but was overshadowed by the tag match involving Edge and Christian. If you haven’t go watch this match RIGHT NOW, then come back.
2010 Royal Rumble
So many great wrestlers have been able to call themselves Royal Rumble winners. Names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, The Rock, and John Cena. Think of some of the biggest names in WWF/E history, and odds are they’ve won a Royal Rumble. Edge entered the match at number 29, making his first appearance in 6 months due to an injury. Edge speared Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, and John Cena before eliminating Jericho. Batista came in at 30 and eliminated HBK. Cena tossed Batista out, and Edge threw out Cena to win the 2010 Royal Rumble. Edge chose to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship, held by Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, but he lost the match.
TLC II at WrestleMana X-Seven
When you look at the WrestleMania X-Seven card, I believe it’s the best WrestleMania ever. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit, Stone Cold vs. The Rock, Undertaker vs, Triple H. That incredibly hilarious Gimmick Battle Royal. But the one that we’re talking about is the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWF Tag Team Championships between Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz. We all remember the first TLC match, but this one was just phenomenal all the way around. All 6 participants (9 if you include Rhyno, Spike Dudley, and Lita) went balls to the wall for all 15 minutes and 47 seconds. The match is memorable for so many moments, like Jeff Hardy jumping off the insanely huge ladder onto the Dudley Boyz, Bubba and D-Von hitting Lita with a 3-D, and that ABSOLUTELY INSANE spear by Edge from the top of a ladder, to Jeff Hardy, who was hanging in the air holding onto the briefcase. Christian sat on Rhyno’s shoulders and unhooked the titles, giving him and Edge the WWF Tag Team titles. What a match this was, what a moment this was and always will be.
2001 King of the Ring
The 15th King of the Ring Tournament in WWE history was a great one indeed. Following wins over Test, and Perry Saturn before the King of the Ring PPV, Edge took on Rhyno and won following an Edgecution. Angle beat Hardcore Holly and Jeff Hardy, before beating Christian in the semifinals. Just like the Royal Rumble, the King of the Ring has been won by many of the greats, including Stone Cole, Triple H, Bret Hart, Randy Savage, and Kurt Angle. Christian got involved in the match, distracting the referee during an Edge pinfall and an Angle submission. Shane McMahon speared Angle, and Edge hit him with an Edgecution to win the tournament.
WrestleMania 22 vs. Mick Foley
Man Mick Foley was a lunatic wasn’t he? 41 years old at the time and he was having death match style matches. His match against the Rated-R Superstar at WrestleMania 22 was no different. These two went through absolute hell and back in this match. Barbed wired baseball bats, thumbtacks, AND A TABLE SET ON FIRE! I loved this spot as a kid. Mick Foley pulled out a table, and Lita was quick with the barbed wired bat straight to the gonads. Lita lit the table on fire, and with Mick Foley standing on the apron, Edge speared him through the ropes, straight through the fire lit table. Edge later said he singed off all of his arm hair and some of his actual hair. The match stole the show that night, as John Cena and Triple H battled for the WWE Championship. That match was nowhere near what Edge and Mick did that night.
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In
At WrestleMania 23, Mr. Kennedy won the Money in the Bank briefcase and continued to say he would cash-in the briefcase at the next WrestleMania. On an episode of Raw, Mr. Kennedy lost the Money in the Bank briefcase to our boy Edge. Kennedy was actually seriously injured during this match. Just 4 days later on SmackDown, the World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker successfully defended his title against Batista, however after the match he was attacked by Mark Henry. Despite being apart of the Raw roster, Edge came down and cashed in on The Undertaker, winning the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career. Due to him winning the title, Edge moved to SmackDown. This is important, because Mr. Kennedy is still the only Money in the Bank holder to lose the briefcase. Edge became the first wrestler to hold the briefcase twice, and the first to win the briefcase in a match other than the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Rumors of Edge returning had been circulating for years at this point, but they gained real traction in 2019. At SummerSlam that year in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, Elias was doing one of his great performances when Edge interrupted. Edge speared Elias to an incredibly large pop, as this was the first physical wrestling Edge had done since his retirement. Despite the rumors he had been cleared, Edge adamantly denied he was returning to wrestling. Then, at the 2020 Royal Rumble, at entrant 21, we all heard “you think you know me” and the entire world went bananas. Edge was eliminated by Roman Reigns (of course he was), but returned to Raw the next night to set up the Last Man Standing Match against his former Rated-RKO partner, Randy Orton. While the match may have been a tad underwhelming due to the widespread COVID-19 issues, it was incredible to see Edge back in action once again.
Edge has given us so many great moments over the years. He’s been a part of some great teams like The Brood, Edge and Christian, Rated-RKO, and even the Edge Heads (La Familia). His feuds with John Cena, The Undertaker and of course Mick Foley were always paid attention to, and his promos have always been on point. His retirement speech still brings tears to my eyes, but I (along with all of you I assume) am very happy that he has returned and has a chance to get a real retirement.
Let us know your favorite Edge moments in the comments and let us know who you would like to see Edge feud with after his “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever”!
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