OMG!! CheckOut Edges 10 Greatest WWE Moments
Off-screen, Lita (Amy Dumas) had been involved with Matt Hardy romantically, but began a relationship with Edge (Adam Copeland). WWE then began to use the real-life issues between the three as an on-screen storyline. In April, Hardy was released from WWE, only to be rehired several months later. Lita continued to act as Edge’s valet, and Edge defeated Hardy at SummerSlam. On the October 3 episode of Raw, Edge, with the assistance of Lita, defeated Hardy in a ladder match, and Hardy was obligated to leave Raw as a stipulation of the match.
At New Year’s Revolution, on January 8, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon appeared on stage and declared that WWE Champion John Cena had to defend the WWE Championship against Edge who was cashing in his Money In The Bank contract. This was right after Cena had retained the WWE Championship in a grueling Elimination Chamber match. Edge defeated Cena in less than two minutes after two spears to become WWE Champion for the first time.
It is no secret that Lita has a reputation for being a very private person. One WWE source said at the time, “(Lita) knows she’s got a great character who can be a successful heel for a long time to come. The problem is, to cash in she has to play into being a slut, and so she has mixed emotions about it.” That was made pretty clear considering that Lita retired from the WWE saying that she could not take the constant insults from the audience.
Meanwhile, Edge appeared to be more willing to go along with the more “raunchy angles” and do whatever he was told. “(Edge) will do whatever is asked of him,” said a close friend of Edge. “He’s not the type to put up a stink about it. But he had to limit how far they went with it, so they found a happy medium to keep the company happy.” Obviously this continued to be true for the rest of Edge’s career because he did one sleazy storyline after another, basically doing whatever it took to win the WWE/World Championships over and over, until his career was cut short due to his neck injury.
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