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Copeland on the Edge of stardom
By TIM BAINES, Ottawa Sun



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No more Mr. Nice Guy for Adam Copeland. At least not when he's in front of WWE's cameras.

Off camera, Copeland is humorous, thoughtful and eloquent. On TV, well, he's Edge, a man possessed by the obsession to win the heavyweight championship ... a man with no friends.

"I feel like I've started a new chapter in my career," said Edge. "Obviously it gets turned up, Spinal Tap style. The whole lone wolf mentality ... it fits perfectly now.

"I love the fact that I hate Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Randy Orton, but I also hate Triple H and Christian just as much.

"Now the battle is being that lone wolf guy with no friends without turning into a babyface."

Edge's in-ring attitude adjustment took a strong turn following SummerSlam, where his "hometown" fans booed him in a three-way match against Batista and Jericho. While he knew he'd get heat against babyface Jericho, he didn't know Batista would draw cheers, too.

"It was fuel for the fire when I did turn heel," said Edge."It added to why this guy finally blew a gasket. It was a natural progression. The people determine what you do."

But there's much more to Edge. There's the Adam Copeland part within him, the part that's written a book, Adam Copeland on Edge, a good read from cover to cover.

He's been pleased with the response to the book. "The harshest critic I can think of is Lance Storm," said Edge. "He called me and said he started reading it about midnight, with the idea of reading a couple of chapters, then going to bed. It was 4:30 in the morning and he finished the book."

Edge is on a mission, one that he believes will end with him in the middle of the ring -- as a champion.

"I won't take no for an answer," he said. "It will be by far the best moment in my career.

"You will see real emotion. That's being given an Oscar for best actor, that's winning the Stanley Cup. That's what it'll mean to me. I won't be able to retire until that's accomplished."

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