Saturday, August 1, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: Edge

Edge's first SummerSlam (98)
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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When it comes to naming an MVP for SummerSlam, Edge's name has to be among the contenders.  The Rated R Superstar is 8 and 2 at annual event (although he did get pinned at Summer 2010 in that elimination tag match, his team won).  

TLC at SummerSlam '00
Courtesy: WWE
Edge's victories at SummerSlam include tag team matches with Christian against The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz in a TLC match.  He and Sable teamed up and beat Marc Mero and Jacqueline at Edge's first SummerSlam.  But his singles career really took off too.

Putting the boot to John Cena in '06
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Edge won the Intercontinetal title from Lance Storm at the 2001 event.  He defended it in a triple threat match beating Batista and Chris Jericho 2004.  But perhaps his biggest SummerSlam victory came in 2006 when he retained the WWE Championship by pinning John Cena.  Of course Lita's help and a pair of brass knuckles may have influenced that outcome.  Eddie Guerrero and Matt Hardy were also beaten by Edge at different SummerSlams.

Beaten by the Undertaker '08
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But as mentioned, he had some loses.  The first coming in a tag team turmoil match in in 1999 with his long time partner Christian.  The Undertaker also beat Edge in 2008 in a Hell in a Cell match (which is the only HIAC to happen at SummerSlam).  In 2010, Heath Slater pinned Edge to eliminate him in the Team WWE vs. Team Nexus match.  Team WWE came out on top and Edge is still credited with a win. 

Edge missed three SummerSlams when he was active.  All three were due to injuries.  It was his neck, pec and achilles that were affected in '03, '07 and '09.  Sadly Edge had to retire from the ring in 2011, but he remains one of the most decorated Superstars in the history of WWE.

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