Adam Copeland on Edge
by Adam Copeland (aka Edge)
Description: As of this writing, Edge is right on the level of becoming a solid bonofide main eventer. He is balancing himself between being at the head of the mid-card division and entering into the main event level; it's an exciting time for him and us, his fans, as well. And just as his professional career is tettering on two different levels, so is his book, "Adam Copeland on Edge." For starters, yes; this is another WWE produced biography, and yes; Edge's biography is still a little on the "too early and young for his own book" side. However, one interesting and very important aspect of Edge's book is that it is an AUTOBIOGRAPHY, which means that he wrote it himself. Now, at first glance one might think that this really shouldn't be much of a difference, but it is. Since his book is an autobiography, everything is in his own words, which makes every feeling, every thought genuine, which in the end makes the story more personal, making it one book that is fun to read.
I really enjoyed Edge's book and I think a lot of modern day wrestling fans will find it more interesting than other wrestling books because of the cast of characters. in other wreslting books, such as Mick Foley's, the author takes us throughout their careers which often fills at least 2 to 3 decades. This can leave alot of newer, younger wrestling fans in the dark questioning, "Who the hell is he talking about?" However, in Edge's book, everybody he talks about is modern day wrestler and the newer fans can definitely relate to them. In his book, we are visited by current WWE stars such as Christian, Rhyno, and Val Venis. Every once in a while, indy wrestlers, like Just Joe, pop up to even give the hardcore fans a little something, so there is a good balance of characters in his book for everyone.
And speaking of Christian; one can even go as far as to say that this is actually a bio for both Edge and Christian. One of the best parts about the book is reading about the friendship and evolution of the two young Canadians.
But as I was saying before, Edge is still too young of a wrestler to be coming out with a book. For one thing, it is too short. It has got to be one of the shortest autobiographies I have ever read in any genre. And this might seem like a plus for some people, but the ending leaves you flat. In Foley's book, it left off with him winning the world title, in Austin's book it left off with his eventual retirement. In Edge's book, it just leaves you to stay tune for next Raw. It is definitely not a complete biography, but then again it is not a complete career, not yet that is. But whatever, the case may be, not having it complete does hurt the book in some way.
But all in all, Mr. Copeland does a great job of telling his story and if you're a new fan, this will definitely be a great book to pick up.
Rating: Rating wise, I give it a 7 out of 10.
Reviewed by andrew Lee on February 21, 2005.
Caitia Campbell-McBroom wrote: In Edge's book Adam Copeland on Edge, he shows a side to we the fans that we all knew was lurking just waiting to get out.. Yes boys and girls, Edge is a dork. Edge was an outcast all through school, never really held a job for more than a year due to his undying love of wrestling. He and a group of friends ( Christian included) terrorized suburband Toronto untill Edge made into wrestling.
Edge regails the reader with many amusing tails of wrestling greats, matches we have never seen and some we will never forget. Edge's personality shines through in this book and at parts it is almost as if you can hear the Edgemister himself speaking. Edge is one of the few talents I can say have a true love for wrestling.
One refreshing thing is Edge lets the fan's into his personal and behind the scenes without making it too personal or a piss and moan fest. He states "I asked for a divorce, I did not want to be married to her anymore." And talks lovingly of friends, family and his new girlfriend without making the reader want to throw up in their own lap. Adam Copeland on Edge is an entertaining and refreshing look not only at Edge as a person, but at the wrestling business that is honest and not all glitz and glamour. It is honest and not over worked.
Eric Anderson wrote in with his review:
Edge does not have the writing talent of Mick Foley, and obviously he did not have the time to write the sort of book Foley did either. However, this book is still quite easy to get into, as he wore his heart on his sleeve for this autobiography. Edge grew up with his mother, a poor woman who often had two or three jobs to support herself and Edge. He speaks of financial hardships he was unaware of, his childhood including meeting best friend Jay (Christian). He describes breaking into the business, finally being signed by the WWF, his singles career taking off, and his neck injury. He ends the autobiography speaking of how good it is to be back in WWE, and speaks of buying his mother a house. Definitely a "good for him" moment in the book. I liked it, even if others didn't. Edge is definitely a success story. 8.5/10.