Edge is one of the most titled wrestlers of all time, having won a total of thirty-one belts in WWF/E: in particular, he was eleven times world champion (seven times World Heavyweight Champion and four times WWE Champion), fourteen times champion of a couple (twelve times World Tag Team Champion and two times WWE Tag Team Champion), five times intercontinental champion and once the United States champion, making him the twelfth wrestler to complete the Grand Slam (new format); he also captured the King of the Ring (2001), Money in the Bank (2005), Royal Rumble (2010) and Bragging Rights Trophy (2010), making him the only fighter in the history of the federation to have achieved these results.
Following his first retirement in 2011, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In an interview with Peter Rosenberg, Edge discussed his famous program with Matt Hardy and Lita.
Edge on Matt Hardy and Lita
“You gotta be pros, and also, back to my point of finding positives when it doesn’t seem like there are any on the surface, you gotta dig underneath the surface, this was one of those.
And you go, OK, we’re here, now what do we do? Well, let’s try to make some money together, and let’s try to further both of our careers out of this, and hopefully, out of this, we can not only be stronger performers, but stronger people too, and that usually doesn’t happen within the context of a wrestling storyline.
So it’s a little bit more because of that. And I think that’s also, maybe the first instance of people going, oh wait, there is a reality in this too, and that’s why it’s remembered. And I think in terms of us kind of splitting off from E&C and the Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff) respectively, I think that one was what set everything in motion going forward, and for Lita as well, because that flipped her entire character on its head and she was able to adapt and take it and run with it when if you had said two years earlier, probably the most popular female in the industry could end up being the most despised, that’s not possible" - Edge stated.
"We went through a period, as I think any brother who would support his brother, but then we came out of it on the backside, and I think when we all realized we ended up in better places anyway, and we all grew from it, it was just a lousy way to do it, but that’s all you can do, that’s life" - he concluded.