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At just 31 years of age, Adam Copeland has done it all. He is known around the world as wrestling superstar Edge. He is a multi-time intercontinental and tag-team champion in the WWE and was part of some of the hottest gimmick matches in the history of sports entertainment.

There is, however, one illustrious achievement the 6-ft. 4-in. Toronto native doesn't like being reminded of.

Copeland is a former SUNshine Boy.

"As much as I hate to admit it, yes, I did it," he laughed.

"With my Calvin Klein underwear showing, it looked like a cheesy Marky Mark billboard. But that was in my young and naive days when I agreed to absolutely everything. It still haunts me to this day."

Copeland is chatting with the Calgary Sun in the midst of a lengthy promotional tour to promote his autobiography, Adam Copeland On Edge.

He is talkative and in good spirits, despite the fact he hasn't been home in more than a month and likely won't get to sleep in his own bed again until mid-December.

His upbeat attitude may have something to do with the fact his recent heel turn has made him one of the hottest properties in wrestling, en route to achieving his childhood dream of becoming the WWE champ.

"When I first turned heel, I started saying I deserved a shot at the title," Copeland said. "I think it actually struck a chord with people. As much as you may hate the character of Edge, you had to admit it was true. Edge never had a shot but he deserved one. Now, I'm finally in the world title mix. And I belong there."

His current success is a complete 180 from the situation just a few months ago.

After a year-long absence due to neck surgery, Copeland found the audience wasn't latching on to his character's comeback.

"People wanted to see a different side of Edge and I wasn't giving it to them," he said. "I originally had all these grand plans for a new entrance, new image and all these promos leading up to it. But then my return was hot-shotted. I came back with the same tights, the same trench coat, the same everything. It was disappointing because I wanted that buildup."

WWE bosses, realising the audience was gradually turning on Edge, went with the flow and made him into a full-fledged bad guy. He took to the role like a duck to water.

"I think this is the best position I've been put in," Copeland said. "Even more than when we were doing the Edge and Christian thing, right now might be the happiest and most comfortable I've felt."

He also has the little matter of his autobiography tearing up the best-seller charts, although the question has been raised of whether it might be too early in his career for a retrospective.

"I've definitely got a story to tell," he explained.

"I've been through a lot of stuff.

"People think I only appeared in 1998 but they don't know the story leading up to that.

"I've been in the business 13 years and to be perfectly honest, I probably only have a few years left."

Copeland followed the lead of Mick Foley and wrote his memoirs without the aid of a ghostwriter, a decision he took seriously.

"When you read my book, I'm hoping you hear my voice telling you the story. With other wrestling books, it sounds like an interview. It's a guy following the person around and filling in the blanks. If there was something huge and pivotal in my life, I know exactly what

I thought when it happened. I am the only one that could properly explain it."

Prior to putting his own story down on paper, Copeland spent plenty of time studying the works of his contemporaries.

"I enjoy any wrestling books," he said.

"I thought Ric Flair's book was very good and Mick Foley's was the best one put out there. I even liked Chyna's book, to a certain extent."

Adam Copeland on Edge is available now, published by Simon & Schuster.

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