Twenty-seven is an ominous number for rock stars. Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and several others have died at that age. It’s also a number associated with “Weird Al” Yankovic for some reason. It’s also the number of championships the man we’re here to talk about today has won during his WWE career as of press time. He’s the only person to have held all six major championships across RAW and SmackDown. He’s also the only person that Hulk Hogan has ever held a tag team championship with. I’m referring, of course, to SmackDown’s current World Heavyweight Champion, Edge.
Imagine you’re sixteen years old. You’re a lifelong wrestling fan and you’ve scored eleventh row tickets to WrestleMania VI, where your hero, Hulk Hogan is set to defend his World Wrestling Federation Championship in a title-for-title match against Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior. It’s your dream to become a professional wrestler, just like the Hulkster. Would you ever in your wildest dreams imagine that twelve years later, you would be competing at WrestleMania yourself, in the very same venue, on the same card that Hulk Hogan is making his WrestleMania return after 9 years? Would you have the slightest thought in your mind that years later, you would win the WWE World Tag Team Championship with the Hulkster on the fourth of July? Edge may not have imagined these things as he watched his hero pass the torch to The Ultimate Warrior in Toronto that night in 1990, but he went on to do them.
Not only did Edge become a WWE Superstar – after being voted most likely to become WWE Champion in his high school yearbook – he’s become a far more decorated Superstar than even the mighty Hulkster. He’s held more tag team championships than anybody in the history of the WWE – 12 times to be exact. He’s held the Intercontinental Championship five times, he captured the WCW version of the United States Championship during the Invasion, he was the 2001 King of the Ring, and in 2005 became the first Money In The Bank winner, a prize which he cashed in the following January at New Years Revolution to secure his first WWE Championship and the nickname “The Ultimate Opportunist.” Since that time, he’s won the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships a combined 8 additional times, several of which he’d won in matches that he wasn’t even scheduled to compete in. The Undertaker (via Money in the Bank at the expense of Mr. Kennedy), Triple H (at the expense of Jeff Hardy), John Cena for a second time (at the expense of Kofi Kingston) all have had their titles taken by Edge when they least expected it.
Edge has shown through a decade of decadence (see what I did there? That was the name of his DVD – A Decade of Decadence!) what he’s capable of, and from the looks of things, he’s not finished yet. So whether you call him The Rated R Superstar, Mr. Money In The Bank, The Ultimate Opportunist, or just plain Edge, there’s one more thing you can call him – future Hall of Famer.
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