One of Canada’s top sports entertainers gets the DVD treatment in the latest biography offering from World Wrestling Entertainment, and it’s a release that mat fans in this country are bound to enjoy.
Nicknamed the ‘Rated R Superstar,’ retired pro wrestler Edge takes viewers through his rise to stardom in the squared circle, from his early days in southern Ontario in the mid-1990′s all the way to the top of the WWE.
There is plenty of Canadian flavour in the three-disc offering titled “You Think You Know Me? The Story of Edge.” The Orangeville, Ont., native weighs in on his start in the business and many of the more interesting moments on his way to championship glory.
The six-foot-five, the 241-pounder strapped a number of belts around his waist over the years before his retirement in 2011 due to injury problems. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
A teenaged Edge got started in the business after he noticed a brief item in the sports section of a Toronto newspaper. Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchison were accepting applications for those interested in training to become pro wrestlers.
Edge won a wrestling essay contest and went down to a boxing centre in west-end Toronto to get started. He also studied radio broadcasting, which helped his microphone skills in the ring.
Combined with a long-haired rock star look and natural charisma, Edge was soon on his way.
A shot of a young Edge in the crowd watching the legendary Hulk Hogan at SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) helped give him the boost to succeed. Years later, Edge and the Hulkster would team up and become tag-team champions.
Edge started out wrestling with his good friend Christian and after some intense tag-team feuds — most notably with the Hardy Boyz — the Canadian grappler focused on singles action. He took on most of the top stars and many matches are featured on the second and third discs in this package.
The release also features some special features and even some early pre-WWE footage from the independent circuit. “You Think You Know Me? The Story of Edge” is available now for $21.99.