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Canadian boy Copeland fights to keep his Edge
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
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Edge shows off his title.
Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


ORLANDO, FLA. -- It's so surreal. Adam Copeland sat in the 11th row at SkyDome in Toronto, watching Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI.

Eighteen Wrestlemanias later, the guy we've come to love and hate as Edge is looking at what he calls "the biggest match of my career."

A four-time world champion, the 34-year-old Canadian, who grew up in Orangeville, will face The Undertaker tonight. Standing across the ring from the menacing Undertaker is a daunting enough task on any night, but on the line is The Phenom's 15-0 streak. It's a heavily hyped record, one that has Edge almost giddy.

"This is the most excited I've been going into a Wrestlemania," said Edge. "This is the granddaddy of them all."

With a tremendous sense of humour, Edge is also able to slide into character: "All I've heard is The Undertaker is 15-0. People seem to also forget I'm undefeated at Wrestlemania. This is the year it all changes. After Wrestlemania, I'll walk into a room and people will say, "There is the man who put an end to The Undertaker's streak."

Through it all, out of character, he's a man of tremendous humility, a guy with intense pride in his Canadian roots. Through his stint as The Rated R Superstar, Edge has been a pompous, conniving low life, but through it all, for the most part, Canadian fans still cheer him loudly.

So, would he ever become a "good guy" again?

"I would have said last year that there was very little chance of that happening. But little by little, you see little pockets. The fine line is if you get too good at being bad, they start cheering you. The trick is you have to stay bad through it all."

SCENE AND HEARD: Next year's Wrestlemania will be in Houston ... WWE stars have taken over Orlando's Airport Marriott. It's head-spinning to see the biggest stars walking around the halls and hanging out in the hotel bar at night, swapping stories. Ric Flair has been one of the late-nighters. Looks like Naitch hasn't lost a step. I headed to bed before him the three nights ... Baseball great Wade Boggs was spotted in the lobby. So was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Mick Foley's here too ... The Rock was greeted with chants of "One more match" and "Please come back" at last night's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony ... Flair on the possibility of losing his "Career Threatening" match against Shawn Michaels. "If I lose (tonight), I will never wrestle again."

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    Tim Baines in the sports editor of the Ottawa Sun.