Wrestling's Rated R Superstar really isn't such a bad guy.
Forget the live sex show a while back on Monday Night RAW. Forget that he drips with arrogance each time he gets his hand on a microphone.
He's really just Adam Copeland, alias Edge.
A good Canadian. A good guy. With a good in-ring character to sink his teeth into.
and Dusty Rhodes say it best ... You can talk people into the seats and I'm trying to talk my way into being the most hated wrestler," says the Rated R Superstar, who will face Mick Foley
at Wrestlemania 22 on April 2 in Chicago. "I can be this brash, sleazy, overconfident scumbag and get away with it.
"It's not really me. Some people get confused and think I'm Edge. But I don't go spear people in the streets, I don't go walking around in my Calvin Kleins."
Edge got a taste of being at the top, winning the world title from John Cena only to lose it back to him earlier this year ... and he wants to get back there again.
"I want that title again," he says. "It wasn't a fluke that ratings went up when I was the champion and it wasn't a fluke that they went down when I lost the title."
He's looking forward to his match with Foley.
"When he was doing the singles thing, I was always the tag-team guy," says Edge. "And then it was a matter of me being hated enough.
"We've always had a good relationship backstage. Right now, I'm really focused on Mick. My goal is to have people talking about that match more than anything else. I'm going to try and steal the show.
"I've been lucky enough to step in with some of the best -- Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Stone Cold, Undertaker and Ric Flair. But up until now, (Mick and I) have never been in the ring at the same time. That's crazy."
It's funny how times have changed for Edge. He and best buddy Jay Reso (Christian Cage) grew up dreaming of being wrestlers. They held several tag titles before Christian left WWE for TNA. Edge won and lost the WWE title just before Christian won the TNA heavyweight strap.
"I really expected to end my career with Jay and one more E and C reunion. I guess that's not going to happen," says Edge, who says he would like to get in the ring with Rob Van Dam.
Edge is quick to credit Cena, who some fans continue to dump on.
"I can't stress how much fun it is wrestling John Cena," he says. "People ask me who is underrated. A guy like Chris Benoit is underutilized. Cena is utilized correctly, but he's underrated. Some guys were cheering him when he was doing the hard-edge raps ... now they're booing him because he's got little kids cheering him. It's a bum rap that he's not a good wrestler."
Edge says his three favourites opponents are Benoit, Cena and Randy Orton.
More on Edge
Last night was big for WWE, with Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC.
TNA held its Destination X pay-per-view last Sunday, an event that featured the debut of Scott Steiner as one of the "bad guys." Steve Borden (Sting) also returned. Now it's fine and dandy to bring back all these old-school wrestlers, but if I was TNA I'd be worried about the effect its having on my new stars. Guys like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and Petey Williams shouldn't have to take a backseat to anyone -- especially guys whose best days are behind them.
Expect to see Shannon Moore back in a WWE ring sometime soon.
Verne Gagne will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the day before Wrestlemania.
TNA's next pay-per-view is Lockdown, April 23.
Visit the SLAM! Wrestling store!
Hulk Hogan Ultimate Anthology DVD Set
2005 Wrestling Headlines
2004 Wrestling Headlines
2003 Wrestling Headlines
Wrestling Headlines Archive